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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Le Petit Prince: "Here's The Place. Let Me Go On Alone. There...That Is All."

"That night  I didn't see him leave. He got away without making a sound. When I managed to catch up with him, he was walking fast, with determination. All he said was, 'Ah, you're here.' And he took my hand. But he was still anxious. 'You were wrong to come. You'll suffer. I'll look as if I'm dead, and that won't be true...'"

"I said nothing. 'You understand. It's too far. I can't take this body with me. It's too heavy.' I said nothing. 'But it'll be like an old abandoned shell. There's nothing sad about an old shell...' I said nothing. "

"He was a little disheartened now. But he made one more effort. 'It'll be nice, you know. I'll be looking at the stars, too. All the stars will be wells with a rusty pulley. All the stars will pour out water for me to drink...' I said nothing. 'And it'll be fun! You'll have 500 million little bells; I'll have 500 million springs of fresh water...' And he, too, said nothing, because he was weeping...."

"'Here's The Place. Let me go on Alone.' And he sat down because he was frightened. Then he said: 'You know...my flower...I'm responsible for her. And she's so weak! And so naive. She has four ridiculous thorns to defend her against the world...' I sat down, too, because I was unable to stand any longer. He said, 'There...That's all...' he hesitated a little longer, then he stood up. He took a step. I couldn't move."

"There was nothing but a yellow flash close to his ankle. He remained motionless for an instant. He didn't cry out. He fell gently, the way a tree falls. There wasn't even a sound, because of the sand."