Chapter 22

Goodmorning,"saidthelittleprince. 

"Goodmorning,"saidtherailwayswitchman. 

"Whatisitthatyoudohere? "askedthelittleprince. 

"Isortthetravelersintobundlesofathousand,"theswitchmansaid. "Idispatchthetrainsthatcarrythem,sometimestotheright,sometimestotheleft." 

Andabrightlylitexpresstrain,roaringlikethunder,shooktheswitchman’scabin. 

"Whatahurrythey’rein,"saidthelittleprince. "Whataretheylookingfor?" 

"Noteventheengineeronthelocomotiveknows,"theswitchmansaid. 

Andanotherbrightlylitexpresstrainthunderedbyintheoppositedirection. 

"Aretheycomingbackalready? "askedthelittleprince. 

"They’renotthesameones,"theswitchmansaid. "It’sanexchange." 

"Theyweren’tsatisfied,wheretheywere?"askedthelittleprince. 

"Nooneiseversatisfiedwhereheis,"theswitchmansaid. 

Andathirdbrightlylitexpresstrainthunderedpast. 

"Aretheychasingthefirsttravelers? "askedthelittleprince. 

"They’renotchasinganything,"theswitchmansaid. "They’resleepinginthere,orelsethey’reyawning. Onlythechildrenarepressingtheirnosesagainstthewindowpanes." 

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