“But he has nothing on at all,” said a little child at last.
“Good heavens! listen to the voice of an innocent child,”
said the father, and one whispered to the other
what the child had said. “But he has nothing on at all,”
cried at last the whole people.
That made a deep impression upon the emperor,
for it seemed to him that they were right;
but he thought to himself,
“Now I must bear up to the end.”
And the chamberlains walked with still greater dignity,
as if they carried the train which did not exist.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish author, poet. The Emperor’s New Clothes.