Chapter 17

Tryingtobewittyleadstolying,moreorless. WhatIjusttoldyouaboutthelamplightersisn’tcompletelytrue,andIriskgivingafalseideaofourplanettothosewhodon’tknowit. MenoccupyverylittlespaceonEarth. Ifthetwobillioninhabitantsoftheglobeweretostandclosetogether,astheymightforsomebigpublicevent,theywouldeasilyfitintoacityblockthatwastwentymileslongandtwentymileswide. YoucouldcrowdallhumanityontothesmallestPacificislet. 

Grown-ups,ofcourse,won’tbelieveyou. They’reconvincedtheytakeupmuchmoreroom. Theyconsiderthemselvesasimportantasthebaobabs. 

Soyoushouldadvisethemtomaketheirowncalculations-theylovenumbers,andthey’llenjoyit. Butdon’twasteyourtimeonthisextratask. It’sunnecessary. Trustme. 

SooncehereachedEarth,thelittleprincewasquitesurprisednottoseeanyone. Hewasbeginningtofearhehadcometothewrongplanet,whenamoon-coloredloopuncoiledonthesand. 

"Goodevening,"thelittleprinceSaid,justincase. 

"Goodevening,"saidthesnake. 

"WhatplanethaveIlandedon?"askedthelittleprince. 

"OntheplanetEarth,inAfrica,"thesnakereplied. 

"Ah!...AndaretherenopeopleonEarth?" 

"It’sthedeserthere. Therearenopeopleinthedesert. Earthisverybig,"saidthesnake. 

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