"Oh yes, it is, of course!" The old minister was so shocked by the discovery
that he was not fit to be a minister that he hurried to answer positively. "What a pattern, what colors!” The minister was looking at the empty
looms. “Thank you! We work really hard to achieve such excellence,” the
swindlers lied and asked for more silk and gold thread, which they would
again steal. “Sure,” the minister said and left the room mumbling, “I’d better go quickly
and tell the Emperor how impressed I am with it…"
When he returned to the palace, the first
minister had no other choice but to lie,
because he was considered the wisest
man in the kingdom after the Emperor. He couldn’t admit that he hadn’t seen
anything and so he said that he loved
the cloth, but it wasn’t quite ready yet.