親子看童話學英語系列~《國王的新衣》The Emperor’s New Clothes（下）
T小編 • 十二月 3, 2015
The emperor sent officials to observe the weavers’ progress. They were startled when they saw nothing, but they reported back to him how wonderful the material was so they wouldn’t appear stupid and unfit for their positions.
They advised him to have it made into clothes that he could wear in a grand procession. At last the emperor wished to see it himself. With a number of courtiers, including the two who had already been there, he went to the two swindlers.
“Is it not magnificent?” asked the statesmen who had been there before. They pointed to the empty looms, for they thought the others could see the cloth.
“What is this?” thought the emperor, “I do not see anything at all. This is terrible! Am I stupid? Am I unfit to be emperor? That would indeed be the most dreadful thing that could happen to me.”
“Goodness, they suit you well!” they all said. “What a pattern! What colors! Such luxurious clothes!”
“Yes, I am ready!” said the emperor. “Don’t they fit well?” He turned toward the mirror, because it had to appear as though he were admiring himself in all his glory.
So the Emperor went in procession, and everyone in the streets said, “How incomparable are the Emperor’s new clothes!” No one would let it be perceived that he could see nothing, for that would have shown that he was not fit for his office, or was very stupid. No clothes of the Emperor’s had ever had such a success as these.
“But he has nothing on!” a little child cried out at last.
“Good Lord, just hear what that innocent boy says!” said the father.
“A small child said that he doesn’t have anything on!”
Finally everyone was saying, “He doesn’t have anything on!”
The emperor shuddered; he knew that they were right, but he thought, “The procession must go on!” He carried on even more proudly.
emperor (n.) 國王
An emperor is a man who rules an empire.
excessively (adv.) 非常地，極度地
The price of houses downtown is excessively high.
wardrobe (n.) (某人的)全部服裝
She has an extensive wardrobe.
swindler (n.) 詐騙犯
Swindlers have cheated them out of one million dollars.
imaginable (adj.) 可想像的
They tried every imaginable solution.
extraordinarily (adv.) 非常
He is an extraordinarily intelligent person.
invisible (adj.) 看不見的
Sound waves are invisible.
incompetent (adj.) 不勝任的無能力者
He is too incompetent to be trusted.
incorrigibly (adv.) 無法矯正地
He is incorrigibly obstinate.
loom (n.) 織布機
The old woman was weaving on her loom.
pretend (v.) 假裝
She pretended to make a phone call.
observe (v.) 觀察
The patient must be observed constantly.
luxurious (adj.) 豪華的
They had a candlelit dinner at a luxurious restaurant.
procession (n.) 行列
There was a procession of children.
incomparable (adj.) 無與倫比的
The quality of their products is incomparable.
innocent (adj.) 天真的
He is an innocent child.
shudder (v.) 發抖
She shuddered with fear upon hearing the scream.