Emperor's New Clothes


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Emperor’s New Clothes

supposedly invisible to unworthy people; in reality, nonexistent. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]

Emperor’s New Clothes

supposed to be invisible to anyone unworthy of his post. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
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The people could see that they were very busy making the Emperor's new clothes ready.
So the Emperor went along in the procession under the splendid canopy, and all the people in the streets and at the windows said, 'How matchless are the Emperor's new clothes! That train fastened to his dress, how beautifully it hangs!'
How beautiful are our Emperor's new clothes! What a magnificent train there is to the mantle; and how gracefully the scarf hangs!" in short, no one would allow that he could not see these much-admired clothes; because, in doing so, he would have declared himself either a simpleton or unfit for his office.
It is the story of the emperor's new clothes. All courtiers see the emperor has no clothes on his body, but they pretend not to see and say the emperor is wearing shining new clothes.
THE emperor walked beneath the beautiful canopy in the procession, and all the people in the street and in their windows said, 'Goodness, the emperor's new clothes are incomparable!
Labour's clothes may not fit the Conservative party or vice versa, but Jeremy Corbyn in his emperor's new clothes poses a serious risk to the UK's future prosperity and security.
"Slipper" is also the story of a witch hunt, the sorry truth about daydreams, plus some truly astonishing revelations, such as the historical facts behind the story of the Emperor's new clothes, and a perfectly reasonable explanation for the compulsion some young women have to kiss frogs.
Summary: New Delhi [India], May 7 (ANI): The Airports Authority of India Officer's institute under the guidance of Kala Darpan Group staged a play named 'Emperor's New Clothes' here on Monday.
'The Emperor's New Clothes': Through May 12, Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.
The three stories framed by the matchgirl's own; Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes and the Princess and the Pea were told to varying levels of success.
Jezza, me It seems The Emperor's New Clothes have been stripped from the carefully packaged hype to reveal, well, a Naked Chef.
Incredibly Government, in a vain effort to keep the lights on, are encouraging the building of numerous standby diesel generator plants - what environmentally hypocritical madness from a Government that acknowledges diesel engines contribute more to atmospheric pollution than petrol engines - a touch of the Emperor's New Clothes methinks.