Emperor Edward called for his tailor, who immediately stopped what he was doing and rushed to the Emperor’s throne, dropping to the floor before the great man.
“Eating again?” said Edward.
Embarrassed, the tailor wiped the crumbs from his mouth. “Excellency, I only took a quick bite in between sewing.”
“Elevate.” Emotions became uncontrollable as Edward watched the man stand up. Envy turned to rage as he realised the man’s stomach was even larger than his own. Evidently, I am paying him too much and working him too little, he thought.
“Endeavour to concentrate,” said Edward, who always began his sentences with the letter E to emphasise his importance, and expected everyone else to do the same. “Eminent nudists have invited exalted Emperor Edward to their nudist colony.”
Expecting more, the tailor bowed his head.
“Essential as it is for me to attend, I cannot possibly go without clothes on. Even though this is true, I have no wish to offend such eminent nudists. Ergo, I require clothes made of cloth that is so fine, it can only be seen by people who are clever enough to dress at all times.”
Embarrassment swelled in the poor tailor. “Excellency,” he muttered,
that is impossible.”
Enraged that this servant who had surpassed him in size was also being so disrespectful, Emperor Edward shouted, “Extermination shall be your punishment for such insubordination.”
Edward sent out couriers to find a tailor who could supply him with the garments he required. Eventually, because everyone else was too afraid to come before the mighty emperor, two small and wily tailors were brought to the great man himself. Edward liked the look of their thin frames.
“Every person who fails to adhere to my commands is exterminated,” said Edward.
“Every command from the Esteemed Emperor will be adhered to explicitly,” they replied.
“Erstwhile tailor was exterminated,” said Edward.
Each day the men assured the Emperor that they were hard at work on the clothes.
Entering into the Emperor’s presence one day, they eagerly handed the Emperor the clothes, which he examined. “Embroidery magnificent,” he said. “Examination passed with flying colours.”
Excitement showed on the tailors’ faces.
“Ensured, are you, the nudists won’t be able to see the clothes?”
“Emphatically so,” the tailors replied.
Emperor Edward paid them for their work and they left.
Every eye of the large crowd of nudists was on the Emperor as he made his entrance into their colony. Exaltation in the form of applause was loud, making the Emperor feel proud. Even so, one little boy’s voice was heard above all the others. “Emperor Edward is wearing clothes!”
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