Chapter 13

Thefourthplanetbelongedtoabusinessman. Thispersonwassobusythathedidn’tevenraisehisheadwhenthelittleprincearrived. 

"Hello,"saidthelittleprince. "Yourcigarette’sgoneout." 

"Threeandtwomakefive. Fiveandseven,twelve. Twelveandthree,fifteen. Hello.Fifteenandseven,twenty-two. Twenty-twoandsix,twenty-eight.Notimetolightitagain. Twenty-sixandfive,thirty-one. Whew!Thatamountstofive-hundred-and-onemillion,sixhundred-twenty-twothousand,sevenhundredthirty-one." 

"Five-hundredmillionwhat?" 

"Hmm?You’restillthere?Five-hundred-and-onemillion... Idon’tremember...Ihavesomuchworktodo! I’maseriousman.Ican’tbebotheredwithtrifles! Twoandfive,seven..." 

"Five-hundred-and-onemillionwhat?" repeatedthelittleprince,whohadneverinhislifeletgoofaquestiononcehehadaskedit. 

Thebusinessmanraisedhishead. 

"Forthefifty-fouryearsI’veinhabitedthisplanet,I’vebeeninterruptedonlythreetimes. Thefirsttimewastwenty-twoyearsago,whenIwasinterruptedbyabeetlethathadfallenontomydeskfromgodknowswhere. Itmadeaterriblenoise,andImadefourmistakesinmycalculations. Thesecondtimewaselevenyearsago,whenIwasinterruptedbyafitofrheumatism. Idon’tgetenoughexercise.Ihaven’ttimetotakestrolls.I’maseriousperson. Thethirdtime...isrightnow!WherewasI?Fivehundred-and-onemillion..." 

"Millionwhat?" 

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