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The Emperor's New Clothes: Introduction

[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is the introduction. I will update this link to the future chapters when they are done]  In the classic short story by Hans Christian Anderson, "The Emperor's New Clothes," a vain emperor is sick of wearing the same sorts of clothes and wants something truly new. So two tailors step forward. The fabrics they use to make clothes are so fine and wonderful that they are invisible to anyone that is not enlightened and intelligent. The emperor likes the idea and commissions clothes but is shocked when he realizes that they are invisible to him. It would not do to have a king that was unenlightened so the king, understandably, pretends to see the fabric. He takes off his own clothes and puts on these (invisible) clothes. He strolls out in front of his ministers. But they have been warned that only intelligent people can see the clothes and while they too see nothing, they pretend – they certainly are not going to