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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