It was the same with him as the first one; he looked and looked, but because there was nothing on the empty loom he could see nothing.
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 now the Emperor himself wished to see the costly manufacture, while it was still in the loom.
They asked for the most delicate silk and the purest gold thread; put both into their own knapsacks; and then continued their pretended work at the empty looms until late at night.
So the faithful old minister went into the hall, where the knaves were working with all their might, at their empty looms.
The second day he took refuge from benumbing unbelief, by getting into his loom
and working away as usual; and before many hours were past, the minister and one of the deacons came to him with the message from Sarah, that she held her engagement to him at an end.
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.
, and wheels, and Hands all out of gear for an hour.
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.