impostor

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And he gave both the impostors much money, so that they might begin their work.
Now the good old minister went into the hall where the two impostors sat working at the empty weaving-looms.
Both the impostors begged him to be so kind as to step closer, and asked him if it were not a beautiful texture and lovely colours.
The impostors now wanted more money, more silk, and more gold to use in their weaving.
asked the two impostors, and they pointed to and described the splendid material which was not there.
With a great crowd of select followers, amongst whom were both the worthy statesmen who had already been there before, he went to the cunning impostors, who were now weaving with all their might, but without fibre or thread.
We shall be much obliged to you," said the impostors, and then they named the different colors and described the pattern of the pretended stuff.
asked the impostors of the Emperor's second ambassador; at the same time making the same gestures as before, and talking of the design and colors which were not there.
Accompanied by a select number of officers of the court, among whom were the two honest men who had already admired the cloth, he went to the crafty impostors, who, as soon as they were aware of the Emperor's approach, went on working more diligently than ever; although they still did not pass a single thread through the looms.
The Emperor shared in the general satisfaction; and presented the impostors with the riband of an order of knighthood, to be worn in their button-holes, and the title of "Gentlemen Weavers.
If I was a shilling a week less useful in ten years' time, this impostor would give me a shilling a week less; if as useful a man could be got at sixpence cheaper, he would be taken in my place at sixpence cheaper.
You did not gradually open your round childish eyes wider and wider to the discovery of that impostor of a woman who calculates her stores of peace of mind for when she wakes up in the night.