Summary

The novella The Little Prince by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is about a pilot who, after crashing in the desert, meets a being from another planet. He does not want to forget his little friend and therefore tells the world about him.

The narrative begins with the pilot mentioning an incident from his childhood. When he was six years old, he drew a boa eating an elephant. He asked the adults what they saw, but they always thought the drawing was a hat. 

When the pilot drew the inside view of the boa, the adults scolded him, advising him to occupy himself with more important things than drawing closed and open giant snakes. To this day, the pilot does not have a high opinion of adults.

After crashing in the desert, the pilot hears a voice asking him to draw a sheep and discovers the little prince. The friendly pilot then sketches some sheep, but the little prince is not thrilled with these pictures. So the pilot draws him a box and says the sheep is inside. With that, the little prince is satisfied.

With each day, the pilot learns more about the little prince and his journey. The little prince probably came from a distant asteroid, where he lived together with three volcanoes and a flower. There he spent the day mainly cleaning his volcanoes and tearing out the roots of baobabs that would have blown up the tiny planet if they grew too much.

The prince thinks of the rose on his planet and asks the pilot to draw a muzzle for the sheep to protect the rose. The little prince is upset when the narrator does not take the danger to the rose seriously at first.

The pilot learns of the little prince's special relationship with his rose. As a scion, it had been closely observed by the little prince in order to exclude the possibility that it was a baoba...

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