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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