Has anybody else felt like this was a fundamental continuity oversight in the Danish folktale by Hans Christian Andersen?
I mean, even wanting to appear smarter yourself shouldn't rob you of all dignity toward the incompetent fellows in town...
What if the swindlers had thought of this early on? Then there would be no The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson!
It was back to the drawing board for the tailor when he realized the emperor wouldn't want new clothes that exposed him to any strangers.