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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