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This piece is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, about two weavers who managed to sell a simple-minded and vain Emperor an expensive set of clothes that was invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. After the swindlers reported that the suit was finished, they mimed dressing up the Emperor. The Emperor’s ministers could not see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they could for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor did the same.  He marched in before his people wearing nothing but a sham. The townsfolk played along with the pretense, not wanting to appear stupid or unfit for their positions. Finally a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, laughed out loud that the Emperor was wearing nothing at all.