The Shadow
The Little Match Girl
The Dream of Little Tuk
The Naughty Boy
The Red Shoes


Many years ago, there was an Emperor, who was so excessively fond of
new clothes, that he spent all his money in dress. He did not trouble
himself in the least about his soldiers; nor did he care to go either to
the theatre or the chase, except for the opportunities then afforded him
for displaying his new clothes. He had a different suit for each hour of
the day; and as of any other king or emperor, one is accustomed to say,
"he is sitting in council," it was always said of him, "The Emperor is
sitting in his wardrobe."

Time passed merrily in the large town which was his capital; strangers
arrived every day at the court. One day, two rogues, calling themselves


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