The Emperor's New Clothes

Once upon a time there was an emperor whose only interest in life was to dress up in fashionable clothes. He kept changing his clothes so that people could admire him.

Once, two thieves decided to teach him a lesson.

They told the emperor that they were very fine tailors and could sew a lovely new suit for him. It would be so light and fine that it would seem invisible. Only those who were stupid could not see it. The emperor was very excited and ordered the new tailors to begin their work.

One day, the king asked the prime minister to go and see how much work the two tailors had done. He saw the two men moving scissors in the air but he could see no cloth! He kept quiet for fear of being called stupid and ignorant. Instead, he praised the fabric and said it was marvellous.

Finally, the emperor’s new dress was ready. He could see nothing but he too did not want to appear stupid. He admired the dress and thanked the tailors. He was asked to parade down the street for all to see the new clothes. The emperor paraded down the main street. The people could only see a naked emperor but no one admitted it for fear of being thought stupid.

They foolishly praised the invisible fabric and the colours. The emperor was very happy.

At last, a child cried out, “The emperor is naked!”

Soon everyone began to murmur the same thing and very soon all shouted, “The emperor is not wearing anything!”

The emperor realised the truth but preferred to believe that his people were stupid.

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18 Responses to “The Emperor's New Clothes”

  1. Naeem Akhtar Naqvi on June 27th, 2013 at 5:51 am


  2. nice story it is really true that a child never tell lies… I really have fun reading.

  3. musta

  4. Ivy Santos de Dios on March 4th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    i love this story

  5. Jose Dario Polido on June 10th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    nice one!

  6. It’s not difficult to tell the truth. Knowing the truth is different from telling it to public.Sometimes to identify what the truth is at rick of losing what he has so ordinary people hesitate to tell the truth.


  8. it's nice

  9. It is a short story but I like it

  10. However, he finally became very self conscious of all the people seeing him naked, and he ran and hid behind some bushes. There he put his palms together and prayed to God to send him some clothes so that he could get back to the palace without being seen naked. Presently, a little dog came into the bushes, carrying a large bag in his mouth. He dropped the bag in fornt of the Emperor. Ä bag? You want me to wear a bag?" shouted the emperor at the dog. But, alas, he was left with no toher choice, and he donned the bag, and quickly ran back to the palace, and never came out to show off his clothes again!

  11. Lovely story ,,

  12. Reading makes speaking nice

  13. The main theme is they showed the emperor not to be greedy so they taught him a lesson

  14. Dogs are not allowed and killed in Emperor's era.

  15. cool

  16. awesome

  17. not small .but long its just short stories

  18. Victor Obajuluwa on February 5th, 2016 at 6:12 am

    A tale from ‘Arabian Nights Entertainment’, I believe – very poignant and entertaining.

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