Chapter 10

HehappenedtobeinthevicinityofAsteroids325,326,327,328,329,and330. Sohebeganbyvisitingthem, tokeephimselfbusyandtolearnsomething. 

Thefirstonewasinhabitedbyaking. Wearingpurpleandermine, hewassittingonasimpleyetmajesticthrone. 

"Ah!Here’sasubject!" thekingexclaimedwhenhecaughtsightofthelittleprince. 

Andthelittleprincewondered,"HowcanheknowwhoIamifhe’sneverseenmebefore?" Hedidn’trealizethatforkings,theworldisextremelysimplified: Allmenaresubjects. 

"ApproachthethronesoIcangetabetterlookatyou," saidtheking, veryproudofbeingakingforsomeoneatlast. 

Thelittleprincelookedaroundforaplacetositdown, buttheplanetwascoveredbythemagnificenterminecloak. Soheremainedstanding,andsincehewastired,heyawned. 

"Itisaviolationofetiquettetoyawninaking’spresence," themonarchtoldhim."Iforbidyoutodoso" 

"Ican’thelpit," answeredthelittleprince,quiteembarrassed. "I’vemadealongjourney,andIhaven’thadanysleep..." 

"ThenIcommandyoutoyawn,"saidtheking. "Ihaven’tseenanyoneyawnforyears.Forme,yawnsareacuriosity. Comeon,yawnagain!Itisanorder." 

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