Chapter 9

Inordertomakehisescape,Ibelievehetookadvantageofamigrationofwildbirds. Onthemorningofhisdeparture,heputhisplanetinorder. Hecarefullyrakedouthisactivevolcanoes. Thelittleprincepossessedtwoactivevolcanoes, whichwereveryconvenientforwarming,hisbreakfast. 

Healsopossessedoneextinctvolcano. But,ashesaid,"Youneverknow!" 

Soherakedouttheextinctvolcano,too. Iftheyareproperlyrakedout,volcanoesburngentlyandregularly,withouteruptions. Volcaniceruptionsarelikefiresinachimney. 

Ofcourse,onourEarthwearemuchtoorakeoutourvolcanoes. Thatiswhytheysomuchtrouble. 

Thelittleprincealsouprooted,alittlesadlylastbaobabshoots. Hebelievedhewouldneverbecomingback. Butallthesefamiliartasksseemedverysweettohimonthislastmorning. Andwhenhewateredthefloweronelasttime,andputherunderglass, hefeltlikecrying. 

"Good-bye,"hesaidtotheflower. 

Butshedidnotanswerhim. 

"Good-bye,"herepeated. 

Theflowercoughed. Butnotbecauseshehadacold. 

"I’vebeensilly,"shetoldhimatlast. "Iaskyourforgiveness.Trytobehappy." 

Hewassurprisedthattherewerenoreproaches. Hestoodthere,quitebewildered,holdingtheglassbellinmidair. Hefailedtounderstandthiscalmsweetness. 

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