Chapter 27

Andnow,ofcourse,it’sbeensixyearsalready..."I’venevertoldthisstorybefore. Thefriendswhosawmeagainwereverygladtoseemealive. Iwassad,butItoldthem, "It’sfatigue."  

NowI’msomewhatconsoled. Thatis...notentirely. ButIknowhedidgetbacktohisplanetbecauseatdaybreakIdidn’tfindhisbody. Itwasn’tsuchaheavybody... AndatnightIlovelisteningtothestars. It’slikefive-hundredmillionlittlebells...  

Butsomethingextraordinaryhashappened. WhenIdrewthatmuzzleforthelittleprince,Iforgottoputintheleatherstrap. Hecouldneverhavefasteneditonhissheep.  

AndthenIwonder, "What’shappenedthereonhisplanet? Maybethesheephaseatentheflower..."  

SometimesItellmyself, "Ofcoursenot! Thelittleprinceputshisflowerunderglass,andhekeepsclosewatchoverhissheep..."ThenI’mhappy. Andallthestarslaughsweetly.  

SometimesItellmyself, "Anyonemightbedistractedonceinawhile,andthat’sallittakes! Onenightheforgottoputherunderglass,orelsethesheepgotoutwithoutmakinganynoise,duringthenight..."Thenthebellsareallchangedintotears!  

It’sallagreatmystery. Foryou,wholovethelittleprince,too. Asforme,nothingintheuniversecanbethesameifsomewhere,nooneknowswhere,asheepweneversawhasorhasnoteatenarose...  

Lookupatthesky. Askyourself, "Hasthesheepeatentheflowerornot?"  

Andyou’llseehoweverythingchanges... 

Страница 71 из 72