Now the Emperor wanted to see it himself while it was still on the loom.
And then they pointed to the empty loom, for they believed that the others could see the cloth quite well.
And then he nodded pleasantly, and examined the empty loom, for he would not say that he could see nothing.
They pretended they were taking the cloth from the loom, cut with huge scissors in the air, sewed with needles without thread, and then said at last, 'Now the clothes are finished
The poor old minister looked and looked, he could not discover anything on the looms, for a very good reason, viz: there was nothing there.
However, they put all that was given them into their knapsacks; and continued to work with as much apparent diligence as before at their empty looms.
It was just the same with this gentleman as with the minister; he surveyed the looms on all sides, but could see nothing at all but the empty frames.
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.
All his retinue now strained their eyes, hoping to discover something on the looms, but they could see no more than the others; nevertheless, they all exclaimed, "Oh, how beautiful
There we found a woman, or else she was a goddess, working at her loom
and singing sweetly; so the men shouted to her and called her, whereon she at once came down, opened the door, and invited us in.
Ah, before that weary siege of Troy, I used to hear the buzzing loom and the women's voices under my own roof.
In the short moment while the folding doors opened and closed again, he caught a glimpse of a very beautiful woman rising from the loom, and coming to meet the poor weather-beaten wanderers, with a hospitable smile, and her hand stretched out in welcome.
As soon as the beautiful woman saw them, she arose from the loom, as I have told you, and came forward, smiling, and stretching out her hand.
This was as far as the work had yet proceeded; but when the beautiful woman should again sit down at her loom, she would probably make a picture of what had since happened to the strangers, and of what was now going to happen.
She did not know, and it concerned her little; for boats, and the sea, and the things and happenings of the sea were of far more vital interest to her than men, and the next moment she was staring through the warm tropic darkness at the loom
of the sails and the steady green of the moving sidelight, and listening eagerly to the click of the sweeps in the rowlocks.