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少儿双语童话-皇帝的新衣(一)

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内容提要:
     从前有一个国王很喜欢穿新衣服,差不多每过一个钟头就要换一件。因为这个缘故,他差不多把所有的钱都花在买衣服上了。他不关心他的士兵,也不愿意到哪儿去玩儿,成天地的催着大臣去给他找最新奇的衣服,想着怎么夸耀他的新衣服。

The Emperor's New Clothes

Long ago and far away, there lived an Emperor. This Emperor was very vain and could think about nothing but his clothes. He had wardrobes and cupboards full of clothes. They filled his spare bedrooms and upstairs corridors of the palace.

    The courtiers were worried that the wardrobes would begin to appear downstairs and in their chambers.

    The Emperor spent hours every morning getting dressed. He had to choose his outfit, preferable a new one, and the shoes and wig to go with it. Mid-morning, he invariably changed into something more formal for his short meetings with his councillors and advisors. He would change again for lunch, and then again for a rest in the afternoon. He just had to change for dinner and them again for the evening!

    He kept all the weavers, tailors, cobblers and silk merchants of the city very busy and very happy! News of the Emperor spread to distant kingdoms and finally came to the ears of two very shady characters.

    "Could we?" they asked themselves. "Could we fool the Emperor who loves new clothes?" "Let's try," they decided.

    They left their homes and traveled to the Emperor's city. there they saw the many shops selling clothes, shoes and fabrics. For, if the Emperor dressed finely, so too did his couriers. The two travelers went to the palace along with many other tradesmen hoping to sell their wares to the Emperor. They asked to meet the Emperor. "We have something very special to show him," they told the Chamberlain. "That's what everyone says," said the Chamberlain. "Ah, but his is magical," said one, "We have invented a new cloth by using a very special and secret method."

    The Chamberlain felt that it was his duty to bring new items to the Emperor's attention and he went to tell him. "Something magical?" said the Emperor, who was changing for lunch and admiring himself in the mirror. "Oh, I love new things, Show the two weavers in."

    The two weavers were shown in, and began to describe their cloth to the Emperor. "It is gold, silver and r