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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