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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