Chapter 14

Thefifthplanetwasverystrange. Itwasthesmallestofall. Therewasjustenoughroomforastreetlampandalamplighter. Thelittleprincecouldn’tquiteunderstand whatuseastreetlampandalamplightercouldbeupthereinthesky,onaplanetwithoutanypeopleandnotasinglehouse. However,hesaidtohimself, "It’squitepossiblethatthismanisabsurd, buthe’slessabsurdthantheking,theveryvainman,thebusinessman,andthedrunkard. Atleasthisworkhassomemeaning. Whenhelightshislamp,it’sasifhe’sbringingonemorestartolife,oronemoreflower. Whenheputsouthislamp,thatsendstheflowerorthestartosleep. Whichisafineoccupation.Andthereforetrulyuseful." 

Whenthelittleprincereachedthisplanet, hegreetedthelamplighterrespectfully. 

"Goodmorning.Whyhaveyoujustputoutyourlamp?" 

"Orders,"thelamplighteranswered."Goodmorning." 

"Whatordersarethose?" 

"Toputoutmystreetlamp.Goodevening." 

Andhelithislampagain. 

"Butwhyhaveyoujustlityourlampagain?" 

"Orders." 

"Idon’tunderstand,"saidthelittleprince. "There’snothingtounderstand,"saidthelamplighter. "Ordersareorders.Goodmorning. "Andheputouthislamp. Thenhewipedhisforeheadwithared-checkedhandkerchief. 

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