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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