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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