Chapter 12

Thenextplanetwasinhabitedbyadrunkard. Thisvisitwasaverybriefone, butitplungedthelittleprinceintoadeepdepression.  

"Whatareyoudoingthere?"heaskedthedrunkard, whomhefoundsunkinsilencebeforeacollectionofemptybottlesandacollectionoffullones.  

"Drinking,"repliedthedrunkard,withagloomyexpression.  

"Whyareyoudrinking?"thelittleprinceasked.  

"Toforget,"repliedthedrunkard.  

"Toforgetwhat?" inquiredthelittleprince,whowasalreadyfeelingsorryforhim.  

"ToforgetthatI’mashamed," confessedthedrunkard,hanginghishead.  

"Whatareyouashamedof?" inquiredthelittleprince,whowantedtohelp.  

"Ofdrinking!"concludedthedrunkard,withdrawingintosilenceforgood. Andthelittleprincewentonhisway,puzzled.  

"Grown-upsarecertainlyvery,verystrange," hesaidtohimselfashecontinuedonhisjourney. 

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