The Little Prince
How we cite our quotes:
“That doesn’t matter. Where I live, everything is so small!”
And, with perhaps a hint of sadness, he added:
“Straight ahead of him, nobody can go very far…” (3.28-30)
We’re only in chapter 3 and already there are signs that this isn’t going to be the happiest of books. Uh-oh. The prince is talking about his home, which should be a happy thing, but there’s “a hint of sadness,” in his tone. Although he loves his planet and it’s dear to him, its size has also limited him.
For I do not want any one to read my book carelessly. I have suffered too much grief in setting down these memories. Six years have already passed since my friend went away from me, with his sheep. If I try to describe him here, it is to make sure that I shall not forget him. To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures… (4.13)
The narrator wants us readers to be clear about how important this story is. He says it’s been really rough on him just to write everything down. When he lost the prince, he lost a friend. Now, he’s scared of losing his memories of that friend, too.
Oh, little prince! Bit by bit I came to understand the secrets of your sad little life… For a long time you had found your only entertainment in the quiet pleasure of looking at the sunset. I learned that new detail on the morning of the fourth day […] (6.1)
When the prince was back on his own planet (before he began any of his adventures), he didn’t really have the most awesome times. His “only entertainment” was “the quiet pleasure of looking at the sunset.” In other words, he had no X-Box, candy bars, or Internet. And worst of all, he didn’t even have anyone to talk to.