Chapter 5

EverydayI’dlearnsomethingaboutthelittleprince’splanet, abouthisdeparture,abouthisjourney. Itwouldcomequitegradually,inthecourseofhisremarks. ThiswashowIlearned,onthethirdday,aboutthedramaofthebaobabs.  

Thistime,too,Ihadthesheeptothank, forsuddenlythelittleprinceaskedmeaquestion,asifovercomebyagravedoubt.  

"Isn’tittruethatsheepeatbushes?"  

"Yes,that’sright."  

"Ah!I’mglad."  

Ididn’tunderstandwhyitwassoimportant thatsheepshouldeatbushes.  

Butthelittleprinceadded:  

"Andthereforetheyeatbaobabs,too?"  

Ipointedouttothelittleprincethatbaobabsarenotbushesbuttrees astallaschurches,andthatevenifhetookawholeherdofelephantsbacktohisplanet, thatherdcouldn’tfinishoffasinglebaobab.  

Theideaoftheherdofelephantsmadethelittleprincelaugh.  

"We’dhavetopilethemontopofoneanother."  

Butheobservedperceptively:  

"Beforetheygrowbig,baobabsstartoutbybeinglittle."  

"Trueenough!Butwhydoyouwantyoursheeptoeatlittlebaobabs?" 

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