The Little Prince
How we cite our quotes:
So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near—
“Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”
“It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you…”
“Yes, that is so,” said the fox. (21.42-5)
It’s because the prince has tamed the fox that leaving is so difficult. Even though the fox “wanted” to be tamed, and the prince wanted to make a new friend, they didn’t take into account what would happen when it would be time to say goodbye. It’s like the worst ending to summer camp ever.
I had drunk the water. I breathed easily. At sunrise the sand is the colour of honey. And that honey colour was making me happy, too. What brought me, then, this sense of grief? (25.20)
This is a moment that feels pretty weird to the narrator. He’s got several things going on that are “making [him] happy.” He’s got water in the desert. And he’s got a sunrise, making the world full of beautiful color. Woot, right? Yet, with all of that, he is puzzled by the fact that he feels sad, too—perhaps because he senses that the prince will be leaving him soon.
“You have good poison? You are sure that it will not make me suffer too long?”
I stopped in my tracks, my heart torn asunder; but still I did not understand. (26.9-10)
The narrator’s emotions are faster than his brain. His “heart” knows what he doesn’t “understand.”