impostor


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One day two impostors arrived who gave themselves out as weavers, and said that they knew how to manufacture the most beautiful cloth imaginable.
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.
You're one of a lot of impostors that are the worst lot of all the lots to be met with.
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.
For myself, I can only say that when I read them, so long as I do not stop to think that they are all lies and frivolity, they give me a certain amount of pleasure; but when I come to consider what they are, I fling the very best of them at the wall, and would fling it into the fire if there were one at hand, as richly deserving such punishment as cheats and impostors out of the range of ordinary toleration, and as founders of new sects and modes of life, and teachers that lead the ignorant public to believe and accept as truth all the folly they contain.