Chapter 11

Thesecondplanetwasinhabitedbyaveryvainman.  

"Ah!Avisitfromanadmirer!" heexclaimedwhenhecaughtsightofthelittleprince,stillatsomedistance. Tovainmen,otherpeopleareadmirers.  

"Hello,"saidthelittleprince. "That’safunnyhatyou’rewearing."  

"It’sforansweringacclamations,"theveryvainmanreplied. "Unfortunately,nooneevercomesthisway."  

"Isthatso?"saidthelittleprince, whodidnotunderstandwhatthevainmanwastalkingabout.  

"Clapyourhands,"directedtheman.  

Thelittleprinceclappedhishands, andthevainmantippedhishatinmodestacknowledgment.  

"Thisismoreentertainingthanthevisittotheking,"thelittleprincesaidtohimself. Andhecontinuedclapping. Theveryvainmancontinuedtippinghishatinacknowledgment.  

Afterfiveminutesofthisexercise,thelittleprincetiredofthegame’smonotony. "Andwhatwouldmakethehatfalloff?"heasked.  

Butthevainmandidnothearhim. Vainmenneverhearanythingbutpraise.  

"Doyoureallyadmiremeagreatdeal?" heaskedthelittleprince.  

"Whatdoesthatmean-admire?"  

"ToadmiremeanstoacknowledgethatIamthehandsomest, thebest-dressed,therichest,andthemostintelligentmanontheplanet." 

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