Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Pig's New Clothes

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Once upon a time there lived a vain Pig whose only worry in life was to dress in elegant clothes.
He changed clothes almost every hour and loved to show them off to his people.

  Word of the Pig's refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond.
Two scoundrels who had heard of the Pig's vanity decided to take advantage of it.
They introduced themselves at the gates of the palace with a scheme in mind.
"Besides being invisible, your Highness, this cloth will be woven in colors and patterns created especially for you." The Pig gave the two men a bag of gold coins in exchange for their promise to begin working on the fabric immediately.

After a long while, the Pig received the announcement that the two tailors had come to take all the measurements needed to complete his new suit.
"Your Highness, you'll have to take off your clothes to try on your new ones." The two scoundrels draped the new clothes on him and then held up a mirror. He saw nothing.
The Pig was embarrassed but since none of his bystanders were, he felt relieved.

      "Yes, this is a beautiful suit and it looks very good on me," the Pig said trying to look comfortable.
"You've done a fine job."
He summoned his carriage and the ceremonial parade was formed. A group of dignitaries walked at the very front of the procession and anxiously scrutinized the faces of the people in the street.

They all tried to conceal their disappointment at not being able to see the clothes, and since nobody was willing to admit his own stupidity and incompetence, they all behaved as the two scoundrels had predicted.

A child, however, who had no important job and could only see things as his eyes showed them to him, went up to the carriage.
      "The Pig is naked!" he said.

The Pig realized that the people were right but could not admit to that.
He though it better to continue the procession under the illusion that anyone who couldn't see his clothes was either stupid or incompetent.

Everyone quite enjoyed his heart printed underpants, though!!

1 comment:

  1. You did awesome!!! She'll love this; and she'll love the story that goes with it ;) hehe.