小王子(三):19~27

Chapter 19

- the little prince climbs a mountain range

After that, the little prince climbed a high mountain. The only mountains he had ever known were the three volcanoes, which came up to his knees. And he used the extinct volcano as a footstool. "From a mountain as high as this one," he said to himself, "I shall be able to see the whole planet at one glance, and all the people..."

But he saw nothing, save peaks of rock that were sharpened like needles.

"Good morning," he said courteously.

"Good morning--Good morning--Good morning," answered the echo.

"Who are you?" said the little prince.

"Who are you--Who are you--Who are you?" answered the echo.

"Be my friends. I am all alone," he said.

"I am all alone--all alone--all alone," answered the echo.

"What a queer planet!" he thought. "It is altogether dry, and altogether pointed, and altogether harsh and forbidding. And the people have no imagination. They repeat whatever one says to them... On my planet I had a flower; she always was the first to speak..."

小王子爬上一座高山。过去他所见过的山就是那三座只有他膝盖那么高的火山,并且他把那座熄灭了的火山就当作凳子。小王子自言自语地说道:“从这么高的山上,我一眼可以看到整个星球,以及所有的人。”可是,他所看到的只是一些非常锋利的悬崖峭壁。

“你好。”小王子试探地问道。

“你好…你好…你好…”回音在回答道。

“你们是什么人?”小王子问。

“你们是什么人…你们是什么人…你们是什么人…”回音又回答道。

“请你们做我的朋友吧,我很孤独。”他说。

“我很孤独…我很孤独…我很孤独…”回音又回答着。

小王子想道:“这颗行星真奇怪!它上面全是干巴巴的,而且又尖利又咸涩,人们一点想象力都没有。他们只是重复别人对他们说的话…在我的家乡,我有一朵花。她总是自己先说话…”

Chapter 20

- the little prince discovers a garden of roses

But it happened that after walking for a long time through sand, and rocks, and snow, the little prince at last came upon a road. And all roads lead to the abodes of men.

"Good morning," he said.

He was standing before a garden, all a-bloom with roses.

"Good morning," said the roses.

The little prince gazed at them. They all looked like his flower.

"Who are you?" he demanded, thunderstruck.

"We are roses," the roses said.

And he was overcome with sadness. His flower had told him that she was the only one of her kind in all the universe. And here were five thousand of them, all alike, in one single garden!

"She would be very much annoyed," he said to himself, "if she should see that... she would cough most dreadfully, and she would pretend that she was dying, to avoid being laughed at. And I should be obliged to pretend that I was nursing her back to life-- for if I did not do that, to humble myself also, she would really allow herself to die..."

Then he went on with his reflections: "I thought that I was rich, with a flower that was unique in all the world; and all I had was a common rose. A common rose, and three volcanoes that come up to my knees-- and one of them perhaps extinct forever... that doesn't make me a very great prince..."

And he lay down in the grass and cried.

在沙漠、岩石、雪地上行走了很长的时间以后,小王子终于发现了一条大路。所有的大路都是通往人住的地方的。

“你们好。”小王子说。

这是一个玫瑰盛开的花园。

“你好。”玫瑰花说道。

小王子瞅着这些花,它们全都和他的那朵花一样。

“你们是什么花?”小王子惊奇地问。

“我们是玫瑰花。”花儿们说道。

“啊!”小王子说…。

他感到自己非常不幸。他的那朵花曾对他说她是整个宇宙中独一无二的一种花。可是,仅在这一座花园里就有五千朵完全一样的这种花朵!

小王子自言自语地说:“如果她看到这些,她是一定会很恼火…她会咳嗽得更厉害,并且为避免让人耻笑,她会佯装死去。那么,我还得装着去护理她,因为如果不这样的话,她为了使我难堪,她可能会真的死去…”

接着他又说道:“我还以为我有一朵独一无二的花呢,我有的仅是一朵普通的花。这朵花,再加上三座只有我膝盖那么高的火山,而且其中一座还可能是永远熄灭了的,这一切不会使我成为一个了不起的王子…”于是,他躺在草丛中哭泣起来。

Chapter 21

- the little prince befriends the fox

It was then that the fox appeared.

"Good morning," said the fox.

"Good morning," the little prince responded politely, although when he turned around he saw nothing.

"I am right here," the voice said, "under the apple tree."

"Who are you?" asked the little prince, and added, "You are very pretty to look at."

"I am a fox," said the fox.

"Come and play with me," proposed the little prince. "I am so unhappy."

"I cannot play with you," the fox said. "I am not tamed."

"Ah! Please excuse me," said the little prince.

But, after some thought, he added:

"What does that mean-- 'tame'?"

"You do not live here," said the fox. "What is it that you are looking for?"

"I am looking for men," said the little prince. "What does that mean-- 'tame'?"

"Men," said the fox. "They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They also raise chickens. These are their only interests. Are you looking for chickens?"

"No," said the little prince. "I am looking for friends. What does that mean-- 'tame'?"

"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. It means to establish ties."

"'To establish ties'?"

"Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world..."

"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower... I think that she has tamed me..."

"It is possible," said the fox. "On the Earth one sees all sorts of things."

"Oh, but this is not on the Earth!" said the little prince.

The fox seemed perplexed, and very curious.

"On another planet?"

"Yes."

"Are there hunters on this planet?"

"No."

"Ah, that is interesting! Are there chickens?"

"No."

"Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox.

But he came back to his idea.

"My life is very monotonous," the fox said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life . I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not ea t bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the colour of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me bac k the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat..."

The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

"Please-- tame me!" he said.

"I want to, very much," the little prince replied. "But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand."

"One only understands the things that one tames," said the fox. "Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me..."

"What must I do, to tame you?" asked the little prince.

"You must be very patient," replied the fox. "First you will sit down at a little distance from me-- like that-- in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But yo u will sit a little closer to me, every day..."

The next day the little prince came back.

"It would have been better to come back at the same hour," said the fox. "If, for example, you come at four o'clock in the afternoon, then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o'clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you... One must observe the proper rites..."

"What is a rite?" asked the little prince.

"Those also are actions too often neglected," said the fox. "They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours. There is a rite, for example, among my hunters. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday is a wonderful day for me! I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just any time, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all."

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.

"But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince.

"Yes, that is so," said the fox.

"Then it has done you no good at all!"

"It has done me good," said the fox, "because of the color of the wheat fields." And then he added:

"Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret."

The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.

"You are not at all like my rose," he said. "As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world."

And the roses were very much embarrassed.

"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you-- the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.

And he went back to meet the fox.

"Goodbye," he said.

"Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."

"It is the time I have wasted for my rose--" said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.

"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose..."

"I am responsible for my rose," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

就在这当儿,跑来了一只狐狸。

“你好。”狐狸说。

“你好。”小王子很有礼貌地回答道。他转过身来,但什么也没有看到。

“我在这儿,在苹果树下。”那声音说。

“你是谁?”小王子说,“你很漂亮。”

“我是一只狐狸。”狐狸说。

“来和我一起玩吧,”小王子建议道,“我很苦恼…”

“我不能和你一起玩,”狐狸说,“我还没有被驯服呢。”

“啊!真对不起。”小王子说。

思索了一会儿,他又说道:

“什么叫‘驯服’呀?”

“你不是此地人。”狐狸说,“你来寻找什么?”

“我来找人。”小王子说,“什么叫‘驯服’呢?”

“人,”狐狸说,“他们有枪,他们还打猎,这真碍事!他们唯一的可取之处就是他们也养鸡,你是来寻找鸡的吗?”

“不,”小王子说,“我是来找朋友的。什么叫‘驯服’呢?”

“这是已经早就被人遗忘了的事情,”狐狸说,“它的意思就是‘建立联系’。”

“建立联系?”

“一点不错,”狐狸说。“对我来说,你还只是一个小男孩,就像其他千万个小男孩一样。我不需要你。你也同样用不着我。对你来说,我也不过是一只狐狸,和其他千万只狐狸一样。但是,如果你驯服了我,我们就互相不可缺少了。对我来说,你就是世界上唯一的了;我对你来说,也是世界上唯一的了。”

“我有点明白了。”小王子说,“有一朵花…,我想,她把我驯服了…”

“这是可能的。”狐狸说,“世界上什么样的事都可能看到…”

“啊,这不是在地球上的事。”小王子说。

狐狸感到十分蹊跷。

“在另一个星球上?”

“是的。”

“在那个星球上,有猎人吗?”

“没有。”

“这很有意思。那么,有鸡吗?”

“没有。”

“没有十全十美的。”狐狸叹息地说道。

可是,狐狸又把话题拉回来:

“我的生活很单调。我捕捉鸡,而人又捕捉我。所有的鸡全都一样,所有的人也全都一样。因此,我感到有些厌烦了。但是,如果你要是驯服了我,我的生活就一定会是欢快的。我会辨认出一种与众不同的脚步声。其他的脚步声会使我躲到地下去,而你的脚步声就会象音乐一样让我从洞里走出来。再说,你看!你看到那边的麦田没有?我不吃面包,麦子对我来说,一点用也没有。我对麦田无动于衷。而这,真使人扫兴。但是,你有着金黄色的头发。那么,一旦你驯服了我,这就会十分美妙。麦子,是金黄色的,它就会使我想起你。而且,我甚至会喜欢那风吹麦浪的声音…”

狐狸沉默不语,久久地看着小王子。

“请你驯服我吧!”他说。

“我是很愿意的。”小王子回答道,“可我的时间不多了。我还要去寻找朋友,还有许多事物要了解。”

“只有被驯服了的事物,才会被了解。”狐狸说,“人不会再有时间去了解任何东西的。他们总是到商人那里去购买现成的东西。因为世界上还没有购买朋友的商店,所以人也就没有朋友。如果你想要一个朋友,那就驯服我吧!”

“那么应当做些什么呢?”小王子说。

“应当非常耐心。”狐狸回答道,“开始你就这样坐在草丛中,坐得离我稍微远些。我用眼角瞅着你,你什么也不要说。话语是误会的根源。但是,每天,你坐得靠我更近些…”

第二天,小王子又来了。

“最好还是在原来的那个时间来。”狐狸说道,“比如说,你下午四点钟来,那么从三点钟起,我就开始感到幸福。时间越临近,我就越感到幸福。到了四点钟的时候,我就会坐立不安;我就会发现幸福的代价。但是,如果你随便什么时候来,我就不知道在什么时候该准备好我的心情…应当有一定的仪式。”

“仪式是什么?”小王子问道。

“这也是一种早已被人忘却了的事。”狐狸说,“它就是使某一天与其他日子不同,使某一时刻与其他时刻不同。比如说,我的那些猎人就有一种仪式。他们每星期四都和村子里的姑娘们跳舞。于是,星期四就是一个美好的日子!我可以一直散步到葡萄园去。如果猎人们什么时候都跳舞,天天又全都一样,那么我也就没有假日了。”

就这样,小王子驯服了狐狸。当出发的时刻就快要来到时:

“啊!”狐狸说,“我一定会哭的。”

“这是你的过错,”小王子说,“我本来并不想给你任何痛苦,可你却要我驯服你…”

“是这样的。”狐狸说。

“你可就要哭了!”小王子说。

“当然罗。”狐狸说。

“那么你什么好处也没得到。”

“由于麦子颜色的缘故,我还是得到了好处。”狐狸说。

然后,他又接着说。

“再去看看那些玫瑰花吧。你一定会明白,你的那朵是世界上独一无二的玫瑰。你回来和我告别时,我再赠送给你一个秘密。”

于是小王子又去看那些玫瑰。

“你们一点也不象我的那朵玫瑰,你们还什么都不是呢!”小王子对她们说。“没有人驯服过你们,你们也没有驯服过任何人。你们就象我的狐狸过去那样,它那时只是和千万只别的狐狸一样的一只狐狸。但是,我现在已经把它当成了我的朋友,于是它现在就是世界上独一无二的了。”

这时,那些玫瑰花显得十分难堪。

“你们很美,但你们是空虚的。”小王子仍然在对她们说,“没有人能为你们去死。当然罗,我的那朵玫瑰花,一个普通的过路人以为她和你们一样。可是,她单独一朵就比你们全体更重要,因为她是我浇灌的。因为她是我放在花罩中的。因为她是我用屏风保护起来的。因为她身上的毛虫(除了留下两三只为了变蝴蝶而外)是我除灭的。因为我倾听过她的怨艾和自诩,甚至有时我聆听着她的沉默。因为她是我的玫瑰。”

他又回到了狐狸身边。

“再见了。”小王子说道。

“再见。”狐狸说。“喏,这就是我的秘密。很简单:只有用心才能看得清。实质性的东西,用眼睛是看不见的。”

“实质性的东西,用眼睛是看不见的。”小王子重复着这句话,以便能把它记在心间。

“正因为你为你的玫瑰花费了时间,这才使你的玫瑰变得如此重要。”

“正因为你为你的玫瑰花费了时间…”小王子又重复着,要使自己记住这些。

“人们已经忘记了这个道理,”狐狸说,“可是,你不应该忘记它。你现在要对你驯服过的一切负责到底。你要对你的玫瑰负责…”

“我要对我的玫瑰负责…”小王子又重复着……

Chapter 22

- the little prince encounters a railway switchman

"Good morning," said the little prince.

"Good morning," said the railway switchman.

"What do you do here?" the little prince asked.

"I sort out travelers, in bundles of a thousand," said the switchman. "I send off the trains that carry them; now to the right, now to the left."

And a brilliantly lighted express train shook the switchman's cabin as it rushed by with a roar like thunder.

"They are in a great hurry," said the little prince. "What are they looking for?"

"Not even the locomotive engineer knows that," said the switchman.

And a second brilliantly lighted express thundered by, in the opposite direction.

"Are they coming back already?" demanded the little prince.

"These are not the same ones," said the switchman. "It is an exchange."

"Were they not satisfied where they were?" asked the little prince.

"No one is ever satisfied where he is," said the switchman.

And they heard the roaring thunder of a third brilliantly lighted express.

"Are they pursuing the first travelers?" demanded the little prince.

"They are pursuing nothing at all," said the switchman. "They are asleep in there, or if they are not asleep they are yawning. Only the children are flattening their noses against the windowpanes."

"Only the children know what they are looking for," said the little prince. "They waste their time over a rag doll and it becomes very important to them; and if anybody takes it away from them, they cry..."

"They are lucky," the switchman said.

“你好。”小王子说道。

“你好。”扳道工说道。

“你在这里做什么?”小王子问。

“我一包包地分选旅客,按每千人一包。”扳道工说,“我打发这些运载旅客的列车,一会儿发往右方,一会儿发往左方。”

这时,一列灯火明亮的快车,雷鸣般地响着,把扳道房震得颤颤悠悠。

“他们真匆忙呀,”小王子说,“他们要寻找什么?”

“开机车的人自己也不知道。”扳道工说道。

于是,第二列灯火通明的快车又朝着相反的方向轰隆轰隆地开过去。

“他们怎么又回来了呢?”小王子问道。

“他们不是原来那些人了。”扳道工说,“这是一次对开列车。”

“他们不满意他们原来所住的地方吗?”

“人们是从来也不会满意自己所在的地方的。”扳道工说。

此时,第三趟灯火明亮的快车又隆隆而过。

“他们是在追随第一批旅客吗?”小王子问道。

“他们什么也不追随。”扳道工说,“他们在里面睡觉,或是在打哈欠。只有孩子们把鼻子贴在玻璃窗上往外看。”

“只有孩子知道他们自己在寻找什么。”小王子说,“他们为一个布娃娃花费不少时间,这个布娃娃就成了很重要的东西,如果有人夺走的他们的布娃娃,他们就哭泣…”

“他们真幸运。”扳道工说。

Chapter 23

- the little prince encounters a merchant

"Good morning," said the little prince.

"Good morning," said the merchant.

This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need of anything to drink.

"Why are you selling those?" asked the little prince.

"Because they save a tremendous amount of time," said the merchant. "Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week."

"And what do I do with those fifty-three minutes?"

"Anything you like..."

"As for me," said the little prince to himself, "if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water."

“你好。”小王子说。

“你好。”商人说道。

这是一位贩卖能够止渴的精制药丸的商人。每周吞服一丸就不会感觉口渴。

“你为什么卖这玩艺儿?”小王子说。

“这就大大地节约了时间。”商人说,“专家们计算过,这样,每周可以节约五十三分钟。”

“那么,用这五十三分钟做什么用?”

“随便怎么用都行。…”

小王子自言自语地说:“我如果有五十三分钟可支配,我就悠哉游哉地向水泉走去…”

Chapter 24

- the narrator and the little prince, thirsty, hunt for a well in the desert

It was now the eighth day since I had had my accident in the desert, and I had listened to the story of the merchant as I was drinking the last drop of my water supply.

"Ah," I said to the little prince, "these memories of yours are very charming; but I have not yet succeeded in repairing my plane; I have nothing more to drink; and I, too, should be very happy if I could walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water!"

"My friend the fox--" the little prince said to me.

"My dear little man, this is no longer a matter that has anything to do with the fox!"

"Why not?"

"Because I am about to die of thirst..."

He did not follow my reasoning, and he answered me:

"It is a good thing to have had a friend, even if one is about to die. I, for instance, am very glad to have had a fox as a friend..."

"He has no way of guessing the danger," I said to myself. "He has never been either hungry or thirsty. A little sunshine is all he needs..."

But he looked at me steadily, and replied to my thought:

"I am thirsty, too. Let us look for a well..."

I made a gesture of weariness. It is absurd to look for a well, at random, in the immensity of the desert. But nevertheless we started walking.

When we had trudged along for several hours, in silence, the darkness fell, and the stars began to come out. Thirst had made me a little feverish, and I looked at them as if I were in a dream. The little prince's last words came reeling back into my memory:

"Then you are thirsty, too?" I demanded.

But he did not reply to my question. He merely said to me:

"Water may also be good for the heart..."

I did not understand this answer, but I said nothing. I knew very well that it was impossible to cross-examine him.

He was tired. He sat down. I sat down beside him. And, after a little silence, he spoke again:

"The stars are beautiful, because of a flower that cannot be seen."

I replied, "Yes, that is so." And, without saying anything more, I looked across the ridges of sand that were stretched out before us in the moonlight.

"The desert is beautiful," the little prince added.

And that was true. I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...

"What makes the desert beautiful," said the little prince, "is that somewhere it hides a well..."

I was astonished by a sudden understanding of that mysterious radiation of the sands. When I was a little boy I lived in an old house, and legend told us that a treasure was buried there. To be sure, no one had ever known how to find it; perhaps no one had ever even looked for it. But it cast an enchantment over that house. My home was hiding a secret in the depths of its heart...

"Yes," I said to the little prince. "The house, the stars, the desert-- what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible!"

"I am glad," he said, "that you agree with my fox."

As the little prince dropped off to sleep, I took him in my arms and set out walking once more. I felt deeply moved, and stirred. It seemed to me that I was carrying a very fragile treasure. It seemed to me, even, that there was nothing more fragile on all Earth. In the moonlight I looked at his pale forehead, his closed eyes, his locks of hair that trembled in the wind, and I said to myself: "What I see here is nothing but a shell. What is most important is invisible..."

As his lips opened slightly with the suspicious of a half-smile, I said to myself, again: "What moves me so deeply, about this little prince who is sleeping here, is his loyalty to a flower-- the image of a rose that shines through his whole being like the flame of a lamp, even when he is asleep..." And I felt him to be more fragile still. I felt the need of protecting him, as if he himself were a flame that might be extinguished by a little puff of wind...

And, as I walked on so, I found the well, at daybreak.

这是我在沙漠上出了事故的第八天。我听着有关这个商人的故事,喝完了我所备用的最后一滴水。

“啊!”我对小王子说,“你回忆的这些故事真美。可是,我还没有修好我的飞机。我没有喝的了,假如我能悠哉游哉地走到水泉边去,我一定也会很高兴的!”

小王子对我说:“我的朋友狐狸…”

“我的小家伙,现在还说什么狐狸!”

“为什么?”

“因为这就要渴死人了。”

他不理解我的思路,他回答我道:

“即使快要死了,有过一个朋友也好么!我就为我有过一个狐狸朋友而感到很高兴…”

“他不顾危险。”我自己思量着,“他从来不知道饥渴。只要有点阳光,他就满足了…”

他看着我,答复着我的思想:

“我也渴了…我们去找一口井吧…”

我显出厌烦的样子:在茫茫的大沙漠上盲目地去找水井,真荒唐。然而我们还是开始去寻找了。

当我们默默地走了好几个小时以后,天黑了下来,星星开始发出光亮。由于渴我有点发烧,我看着这些星星,象是在做梦一样。小王子的话在我的脑海中跳来跳去。

“你也渴吗?”我问他。

他却不回答我的问题,只是对我说:

“水对心也是有益处的…”

我不懂他的话是什么意思,可我也不做声…我知道不应该去问他。

他累了,他坐下来。我在他身旁坐下。沉默了一会,他又说道:

“星星是很美的,因为有一朵人们看不到的花…”

我回答道:“当然。”而我默默地看着月光下沙漠的褶皱。

“沙漠是美的。”他又说道。

确实如此。我一直很喜欢沙漠。坐在一个沙丘上,什么也看不见、听不见。但是,却有一种说不出的东西在默默地放着光芒…

“使沙漠更加美丽的,就是在某个角落里,藏着一口井…”

我很惊讶,突然明白了为什么沙漠放着光芒。当我还是一个小孩子的时候,我住在一座古老的房子里,而且传说,这个房子里埋藏着一个宝贝。当然,从来没有任何人能发现这个宝贝,可能,甚至也没有人去寻找过。但是,这个宝贝使整个房子着了魔似的。我家的房子在它的心灵深处隐藏着一个秘密…

我对小王子说道:“是的,无论是房子,星星,或是沙漠,使它们美丽的东西是看不见的!”

“我真高兴,你和我的狐狸的看法一样。”小王子说。

小王子睡觉了,我就把他抱在怀里,又重新上路了。我很激动。就好象抱着一个脆弱的宝贝。就好象在地球上没有比这更脆弱的了。我借着月光看着这惨白的面额,这双紧闭的眼睛,这随风飘动的绺绺头发,这时我对自己说道:“我所看到的仅仅是外表。最重要的是看不见的…”

由于看到他稍稍张开的嘴唇露出一丝微笑,我又自言自语地说:“在这个熟睡了的小王子身上,使我非常感动的,是他对他那朵花的忠诚,是在他心中闪烁的那朵玫瑰花的形象。这朵玫瑰花,即使在小王子睡着了的时候,也象一盏灯的火焰一样在他身上闪耀着光辉…”这时,我就感觉到他更加脆弱。应该保护灯焰:一阵风就可能把它吹灭…

于是,就这样走着,我在黎明时发现了水井。

Chapter 25

- finding a well, the narrator and the little prince discuss his return to his planet

"Men," said the little prince, "set out on their way in express trains, but they do not know what they are looking for. Then they rush about, and get excited, and turn round and round..."

And he added:

"It is not worth the trouble..."

The well that we had come to was not like the wells of the Sahara. The wells of the Sahara are mere holes dug in the sand. This one was like a well in a village. But there was no village here, and I thought I must be dreaming...

"It is strange," I said to the little prince. "Everything is ready for use: the pulley, the bucket, the rope..."

He laughed, touched the rope, and set the pulley to working. And the pulley moaned, like an old weathervane which the wind has long since forgotten.

"Do you hear?" said the little prince. "We have wakened the well, and it is singing..."

I did not want him to tire himself with the rope.

"Leave it to me," I said. "It is too heavy for you."

I hoisted the bucket slowly to the edge of the well and set it there-- happy, tired as I was, over my achievement. The song of the pulley was still in my ears, and I could see the sunlight shimmer in the still trembling water.

"I am thirsty for this water," said the little prince. "Give me some of it to drink..."

And I understood what he had been looking for.

I raised the bucket to his lips. He drank, his eyes closed. It was as sweet as some special festival treat. This water was indeed a different thing from ordinary nourishment. Its sweetness was born of the walk under the stars, the song of the pulley, the effort of my arms. It was good for the heart, like a present. When I was a little boy, the lights of the Christmas tree, the music of the Midnight Mass, the tenderness of smiling faces, used to make up, so, the radiance of the gifts I received.

"The men where you live," said the little prince, "raise five thousand roses in the same garden-- and they do not find in it what they are looking for."

"They do not find it," I replied.

"And yet what they are looking for could be found in one single rose, or in a little water."

"Yes, that is true," I said.

And the little prince added:

"But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart..."

I had drunk the water. I breathed easily. At sunrise the sand is the color of honey. And that honey color was making me happy, too. What brought me, then, this sense of grief?

"You must keep your promise," said the little prince, softly, as he sat down beside me once more.

"What promise?"

"You know-- a muzzle for my sheep... I am responsible for this flower..."

I took my rough drafts of drawings out of my pocket. The little prince looked them over, and laughed as he said:

"Your baobabs-- they look a little like cabbages."

"Oh!"

I had been so proud of my baobabs!

"Your fox-- his ears look a little like horns; and they are too long."

And he laughed again.

"You are not fair, little prince," I said. "I don't know how to draw anything except boa constrictors from the outside and boa constrictors from the inside."

"Oh, that will be all right," he said, "children understand."

So then I made a pencil sketch of a muzzle. And as I gave it to him my heart was torn.

"You have plans that I do not know about," I said.

But he did not answer me. He said to me, instead:

"You know-- my descent to the earth... Tomorrow will be its anniversary."

Then, after a silence, he went on:

"I came down very near here."

And he flushed.

And once again, without understanding why, I had a queer sense of sorrow. One question, however, occurred to me:

"Then it was not by chance that on the morning when I first met you-- a week ago-- you were strolling along like that, all alone, a thousand miles from any inhabited region? You were on the your back to the place where you landed?"

The little prince flushed again.

And I added, with some hesitancy:

"Perhaps it was because of the anniversary?"

The little prince flushed once more. He never answered questions-- but when one flushes does that not mean "Yes"?

"Ah," I said to him, "I am a little frightened--"

But he interrupted me.

"Now you must work. You must return to your engine. I will be waiting for you here. Come back tomorrow evening..."

But I was not reassured. I remembered the fox. One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamed...

“那些人们,他们往快车里拥挤,但是他们却不知道要寻找什么。于是,他们就忙忙碌碌,来回转圈子…”小王子说道。

他接着又说:

“这没有必要…”

我们终于找到的这口井,不同于撒哈拉的那些井。撒哈拉的井只是沙漠中挖的洞。这口井则很象村子中的井。可是,那里又没有任何村庄,我还以为是在做梦呢。

“真怪,”我对小王子说:“一切都是现成的:辘轳、水桶、绳子…”

他笑了,拿着绳子,转动着辘轳。辘轳就象是一个长期没有风来吹动的旧风标一样,吱吱作响。

“你听,”小王子说:“我们唤醒了这口井,它现在唱起歌来了…”我不愿让他费劲。我对他说:

“让我来干吧。这活对你太重了。”

我慢慢地把水桶提到井栏上。我把它稳稳地放在那里。我的耳朵里还响着辘轳的歌声。依然还在晃荡的水面上,我看见太阳的影子在跳动。

“我正需要喝这种水。”小王子说:“给我喝点…”

这时我才明白了他所要寻找的是什么!

我把水桶提到他的嘴边。他闭着眼睛喝水。就象节日一般舒适愉快。这水远不只是一种饮料,它是披星戴月走了许多路才找到的,是在辘轳的歌声中,经过我双臂的努力得来的。它象是一件礼品慰藉着心田。在我小的时候,圣诞树的灯光,午夜的弥撒的音乐,甜蜜的微笑,这一切都使圣诞节时我收到的礼品辉映着幸福的光彩。

“你这里的人在同一个花园中种植着五千朵玫瑰。”小王子说:“可是,他们却不能从中找到自己所要寻找的东西…”

“他们是找不到的。”我回答道。

“然而,他们所寻找的东西却是可以从一朵玫瑰花或一点儿水中找到的…”

“一点不错。”我回答道。

小王子又加了一句:

“眼睛是什么也看不见的。应该用心去寻找。”

我喝了水。我痛快地呼吸着空气。沙漠在晨曦中泛出蜂蜜的光泽。这蜂蜜般的光泽也使我感到幸福。为什么我要难过…

小王子又重新在我的身边坐下。他温柔地对我说:“你应该实践你的诺言。”

“什么诺言?”

“你知道…给我的小羊一个嘴套子…我要对我的花负责的呀!”

我从口袋中拿出我的画稿。小王子瞅见了,笑着说:

“你画的猴面包树,有点象白菜…”

“啊!”

我还为我画的猴面包树感到骄傲呢!

“你画的狐狸…它那双耳朵…有点象犄角…而且又太长了!”

这时,他又笑了。

“小家伙,你太不公正了。我过去只会画开着肚皮和闭着肚皮的巨蟒。”

“啊!这就行了。”他说:“孩子们认得出来。”

我就用铅笔勾画了一个嘴套。当我把它递给小王子时,我心里很难受:

“你的打算,我一点也不知道…”

但是,他不回答我,他对我说:

“你知道,我落在地球上…到明天就一周年了…”

接着,沉默了一会儿,他又说道:

“我就落在这附近…”

此时,他的面颊绯红。

我不知为什么,又感到一阵莫名其妙的心酸。这时,我产生了一个问题:

“一星期以前,我认识你的那天早上,你单独一个人在这旷无人烟的地方走着;这么说,这并不是偶然的了?你是要回到你降落的地方去是吗!”

小王子的脸又红了。

我犹豫不定地又说了一句:

“可能是因为周年纪念吧?…”

小王子脸又红了。他从来也不回答这些问题,但是,脸红,就等于说“是的”,是吧?

“啊!”我对他说:“我有点怕…”

但他却回答我说:

“你现在该工作了。你应该回到你的机器那里去。我在这里等你。你明天晚上再来…”

但是,我放心不下。我想起了狐狸的话。如果被人驯服了,就可能会要哭的…

Chapter 26

- the little prince converses with the snake; the little prince consoles the narrator; the little prince returns to his planet

Beside the well there was the ruin of an old stone wall. When I came back from my work, the next evening, I saw from some distance away my little price sitting on top of a wall, with his feet dangling. And I heard him say:

"Then you don't remember. This is not the exact spot."

Another voice must have answered him, for he replied to it:

"Yes, yes! It is the right day, but this is not the place."

I continued my walk toward the wall. At no time did I see or hear anyone. The little prince, however, replied once again:

"--Exactly. You will see where my track begins, in the sand. You have nothing to do but wait for me there. I shall be there tonight."

I was only twenty metres from the wall, and I still saw nothing.

After a silence the little prince spoke again:

"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.

"Now go away," said the little prince. "I want to get down from the wall."

I dropped my eyes, then, to the foot of the wall-- and I leaped into the air. There before me, facing the little prince, was one of those yellow snakes that take just thirty seconds to bring your life to an end. Even as I was digging into my pocked to get out my revolver I made a running step back. But, at the noise I made, the snake let himself flow easily across the sand like the dying spray of a fountain, and, in no apparent hurry, disappeared, with a light metallic sound, among the stones.

I reached the wall just in time to catch my little man in my arms; his face was white as snow.

"What does this mean?" I demanded. "Why are you talking with snakes?"

I had loosened the golden muffler that he always wore. I had moistened his temples, and had given him some water to drink. And now I did not dare ask him any more questions. He looked at me very gravely, and put his arms around my neck. I felt his heart beating like the heart of a dying bird, shot with someone's rifle...

"I am glad that you have found what was the matter with your engine," he said. "Now you can go back home--"

"How do you know about that?"

I was just coming to tell him that my work had been successful, beyond anything that I had dared to hope.

He made no answer to my question, but he added:

"I, too, am going back home today..."

Then, sadly--

"It is much farther... it is much more difficult..."

I realised clearly that something extraordinary was happening. I was holding him close in my arms as if he were a little child; and yet it seemed to me that he was rushing headlong toward an abyss from which I could do nothing to restrain him...

His look was very serious, like some one lost far away.

"I have your sheep. And I have the sheep's box. And I have the muzzle..."

And he gave me a sad smile.

I waited a long time. I could see that he was reviving little by little.

"Dear little man," I said to him, "you are afraid..."

He was afraid, there was no doubt about that. But he laughed lightly.

"I shall be much more afraid this evening..."

Once again I felt myself frozen by the sense of something irreparable. And I knew that I could not bear the thought of never hearing that laughter any more. For me, it was like a spring of fresh water in the desert.

"Little man," I said, "I want to hear you laugh again."

But he said to me:

"Tonight, it will be a year... my star, then, can be found right above the place where I came to the Earth, a year ago..."

"Little man," I said, "tell me that it is only a bad dream-- this affair of the snake, and the meeting-place, and the star..."

But he did not answer my plea. He said to me, instead: "The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen..."

"Yes, I know..."

"It is just as it is with the flower. If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers..."

"Yes, I know..."

"It is just as it is with the water. Because of the pulley, and the rope, what you gave me to drink was like music. You remember-- how good it was."

"Yes, I know..."

"And at night you will look up at the stars. Where I live everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found. It is better, like that. My star will just be one of the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch all the stars in the heavens... they will all be your friends. And, besides, I am going to make you a present..."

He laughed again.

"Ah, little prince, dear little prince! I love to hear that laughter!"

"That is my present. Just that. It will be as it was when we drank the water..."

"What are you trying to say?"

"All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems . For my businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You-- you alone-- will have the stars as no one else has them--"

"What are you trying to say?"

"In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night... you-- only you-- will have stars that can laugh!"

And he laughed again.

"And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure... and your friends w ill be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, 'Yes, the stars always make me laugh!' And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you..."

And he laughed again.

"It will be as if, in place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh..."

And he laughed again. Then he quickly became serious:

"Tonight-- you know... do not come," said the little prince.

"I shall not leave you," I said.

"I shall look as if I were suffering. I shall look a little as if I were dying. It is like that. Do not come to see that. It is not worth the trouble..."

"I shall not leave you."

But he was worried.

"I tell you-- it is also because of the snake. He must not bite you. Snakes-- they are malicious creatures. This one might bite you just for fun..."

"I shall not leave you."

But a thought came to reassure him:

"It is true that they have no more poison for a second bite."

That night I did not see him set out on his way. He got away from me without making a sound. When I succeeded in catching up with him he was walking along with a quick and resolute step. He said to me merely:

"Ah! You are there..."

And he took me by the hand. But he was still worrying.

"It was wrong of you to come. You will suffer. I shall look as if I were dead; and that will not be true..."

I said nothing.

"You understand... it is too far. I cannot carry this body with me. It is too heavy."

I said nothing.

"But it will be like an old abandoned shell. There is nothing sad about old shells..."

I said nothing.

He was a little discouraged. But he made one more effort:

"You know, it will be very nice. I, too, shall look at the stars. All the stars will be wells with a rusty pulley. All the stars will pour out fresh water for me to drink..."

I said nothing.

"That will be so amusing! You will have five hundred million little bells, and I shall have five hundred million springs of fresh water..."

And he too said nothing more, becuase he was crying...

"Here it is. Let me go on by myself."

And he sat down, because he was afraid. Then he said, again:

"You know-- my flower... I am responsible for her. And she is so weak! She is so na飗e! She has four thorns, of no use at all, to protect herself against all the world..."

I too sat down, because I was not able to stand up any longer.

"There now-- that is all..."

He still hesitated a little; then he got up. He took one step. I could not move.

There was nothing but a flash of yellow close to his ankle. He remained motionless for an instant. He did not cry out. He fell as gently as a tree falls. There was not even any sound, because of the sand.

在井旁边有一堵残缺的石墙。第二天晚上我工作回来的时候,我远远地看见了小王子耷拉着双腿坐在墙上。我听见他在说话:

“你怎么不记得了呢?”他说,“绝不是在这儿。”

大概还有另一个声音在回答他,因为他答着腔说道:

“没错,没错,日子是对的;但地点不是这里…”

我继续朝墙走去。我还是看不到,也听不见任何别人。可是小王子又回答道:

“…那当然。你会在沙上看到我的脚印是从什么地方开始的。你在那里等着我就行了。今天夜里我去那里。”

我离墙约有二十米远,可我依然什么也没有看见。

小王子沉默了一会又说:

“你的毒液管用吗?你保证不会使我长时间地痛苦吗?”

我焦虑地赶上前去,但我仍然不明白是怎么回事。

“现在你去吧,我要下来了!…”小王子说。

于是,我也朝墙脚下看去,我吓了一跳。就在那里,一条黄蛇直起身子冲着小王子。这种黄蛇半分钟就能结果你的性命。我一面赶紧掏口袋,拔出手枪,一面跑过去。可是一听到我的脚步声,蛇却象一股干涸了的水柱一样,慢慢钻进沙里去。它不慌不忙地在石头的缝隙中钻动着,发出轻轻的金属般的响声。

我到达墙边的时候,正好把我的这位小王子接在我的怀抱中。他的脸色雪一样惨白。

“这是搞的什么名堂!你怎么竟然和蛇也谈起心来了!”我解开了他一直带着的金黄色的围脖。我用水渍湿了他的太阳穴,让他喝了点水。这时,我什么也不敢再问他。他严肃地看着我,用双臂搂着我的脖子。我感到他的心就象一只被枪弹击中而濒于死亡的鸟的心脏一样在跳动着。他对我说:

“我很高兴,你找到了你的机器所缺少的东西。你不久就可以回家去了…”

“你怎么知道的?”

我正是来告诉他,在没有任何希望的情况下,我成功地完成了修理工作。

他不回答我的问题,却接着说道:

“我也一样,今天,要回家去了…”

然后,他忧伤地说:

“我回家要远得多…要难得多…”

我清楚地感到发生了某种不寻常的事。我把他当作小孩一样紧紧抱在怀里,可是我感觉到他径直地向着一个无底深渊沉陷下去,我想法拉住他,却怎么也办不到…

他的眼神很严肃,望着遥远的地方。

“我有你画的羊,羊的箱子和羊的嘴套子…”

他带着忧伤的神情微笑了。

我等了很长时间,才觉得他身子渐渐暖和起来。

“小家伙,你受惊了…”

他害怕了,这是无疑的!他却温柔地笑着说:

“今天晚上,我会怕得更厉害…”

我再度意识到要发生一件不可弥补的事。我觉得我的心一下子就凉了。这时我才明白:一想到再也不能听到这笑声,我就不能忍受。这笑声对我来说,就好象是沙漠中的甘泉一样。

“小家伙,我还想听你笑…”

但他对我说:

“到今天夜里,正好是一年了。我的星球将正好处于我去年降落的那个地方的上空…”

“小家伙,这蛇的事,约会的事,还有星星,这全是一场噩梦吧?”

但他并不回答我的问题。他对我说:

“重要的事,是看不见的…”

“当然…”

“这就象花一样。如果你爱上了一朵生长在一颗星星上的花,那么夜间,你看着天空就感到甜蜜愉快。所有的星星上都好象开着花。”

“当然…”

“这也就象水一样,由于那辘轳和绳子的缘故,你给我喝的井水好象音乐一样…你记得吗?…这水非常好喝…”

“当然…”

“夜晚,你抬头望着星星,我的那颗太小了,我无法给你指出我的那颗星星是在哪里。这样倒更好。你可以认为我的那颗星星就在这些星星之中。那么,所有的星星,你都会喜欢看的…这些星星都将成为你的朋友。而且,我还要给你一件礼物…”

他又笑了。

“啊!小家伙,小家伙,我喜欢听你这笑声!”

“这正好是我给你的礼物,…这就好象水那样。”

“你说的是什么?”

“人们眼里的星星并不都一样。对旅行的人来说,星星是向导。对别的人来说,星星只是些小亮光。对另外一些学者来说,星星就是他们探讨的学问。对我所遇见的那个实业家来说,星星是金钱。但是,所有这些星星都不会说话。你呢,你的那些星星将是任何人都不曾有过的…”

“你说的是什么?”

“夜晚,当你望着天空的时候,既然我就住在其中一颗星星上,既然我在其中一颗星星上笑着,那么对你来说,就好象所有的星星都在笑,那么你将看到的星星就是会笑的星星!”

这时,他又笑了。

“那么,在你得到了安慰之后(人们总是会自我安慰的)你就会因为认识了我而感到高兴。你将永远是我的朋友。你就会想要同我一起笑。有时,你会为了快乐而不知不觉地打开窗户。你的朋友们会奇怪地看着你笑着仰望天空。那时,你就可以对他们说:‘是的,星星总是引我欢笑!’他们会以为你发疯了。我的恶作剧将使你难堪…”

这时,他又笑了。

“这就好象我并没有给你星星,而是给你一大堆会笑出声来的小铃铛…”

他仍然笑着。随后他变得严肃起来:

“今天夜里…你知道…不要来了。”

“我不离开你。”

“我将会象是很痛苦的样子…我有点象要死去似的。就是这么回事,你就别来看这些了,没有必要。”

“我不离开你。”

可是他担心起来。

“我对你说这些…这也是因为蛇的缘故。别让它咬了你…蛇是很坏的,它随意咬人…”

“我不离开你。”

这时,他似乎有点放心了:

“对了,它咬第二口的时候就没有毒液了…”

这天夜里,我没有看到他起程。他不声不响地跑了。当我终于赶上他的时候,他坚定地快步走着。他只是对我说道:

“啊,你在这儿…”

于是他拉着我的手。但是他仍然很担心:

“你不该这样。你会难受的。我会象是死去的样子,但这不会是真的…”

我默默无言。

“你明白,路很远。我不能带着这付身躯走。它太重了。”

我依然沉默不语。

“但是,这就好象剥落的旧树皮一样。旧树皮,并没有什么可悲的。”

我还是沉默不语。

他有些泄气了。但是他又振作起来:

“这将是蛮好的,你知道。我也一定会看星星的。所有的星星都将是带有生了锈的辘轳的井。所有的星星都会倒水给我喝…”

我还是沉默不语。

“这将是多么好玩啊!你将有五亿个铃铛,我将有五亿口水井…”

这时,他也沉默了,因为他在哭。

“就是这儿。让我自个儿走一步吧。”

他这时坐下来,因为他害怕了。他却仍然说道:

“你知道…我的花…我是要对她负责的!而她又是那么弱小!她又是那么天真。她只有四根微不足道的刺,保护自己,抵抗外敌…”

我也坐了下来,因为我再也站立不住了。他说道:

“就是这些…全都说啦…”

他犹豫了一下,然后站起来。他迈出了一步。而我却动弹不得。

在他的脚踝子骨附近,一道黄光闪了一下。刹那间他一动也不动了。他没有叫喊。他轻轻地象一棵树一样倒在地上,大概由于沙地的缘故,连一点响声都没有。

Chapter 27

- the narrator's afterthoughts

And now six years have already gone by...

I have never yet told this story. The companions who met me on my return were well content to see me alive. I was sad, but I told them: "I am tired."

Now my sorrow is comforted a little. That is to say-- not entirely. But I know that he did go back to his planet, because I did not find his body at daybreak. It was not such a heavy body... and at night I love to listen to the stars. It is like five hundred million little bells...

But there is one extraordinary thing... when I drew the muzzle for the little prince, I forgot to add the leather strap to it. He will never have been able to fasten it on his sheep. So now I keep wondering: what is happening on his planet? Perhaps the sheep has eaten the flower...

At one time I say to myself: "Surely not! The little prince shuts his flower under her glass globe every night, and he watches over his sheep very carefully..." Then I am happy. And there is sweetness in the laughter of all the stars.

But at another time I say to myself: "At some moment or other one is absent-minded, and that is enough! On some one evening he forgot the glass globe, or the sheep got out, without making any noise, in the night..." And then the little bells are changed to tears...

Here, then, is a great mystery. For you who also love the little prince, and for me, nothing in the universe can be the same if somewhere, we do not know where, a sheep that we never saw has-- yes or no?-- eaten a rose...

Look up at the sky. Ask yourselves: is it yes or no? Has the sheep eaten the flower? And you will see how everything changes...

And no grown-up will ever understand that this is a matter of so much importance!

This is, to me, the loveliest and saddest landscape in the world. It is the same as that on the preceding page, but I have drawn it again to impress it on your memory. It is here that the little prince appeared on Earth, and disappeared.

Look at it carefully so that you will be sure to recognise it in case you travel some day to the African desert. And, if you should come upon this spot, please do not hurry on. Wait for a time, exactly under the star. Then, if a little man appears who laughs, who has golden hair and who refuses to answer questions, you will know who he is. If this should happen, please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.

到现在,一点不错,已经有六年了…我还从未讲过这个故事。同伴们重新见到了我,都为能看见我活着回来而高兴。我却很悲伤。我告诉他们:“这是因为疲劳的缘故…”

现在,我稍微得到了些安慰。就是说…还没有完全平静下来。可我知道他已经回到了他的星球上。因为那天黎明,我没有再见到他的身躯。他的身躯并不那么重…从此,我就喜欢在夜间倾听着星星,好象是倾听着五亿个铃铛…

可是,现在却又发生了不寻常的事。我给小王子画的羊嘴套上,忘了画皮带!他再也不可能把它套在羊嘴上。于是,我思忖着:“他的星球上发生了什么事呢?大概小羊把花吃掉了吧…”

有时我又对自己说,“绝对不会的!小王子每天夜里都用玻璃罩子罩住他的花,而且他会把羊看管好的…”想到这里,我就非常高兴。这时,所有的星星都在柔情地轻声笑着。

忽而我又对自己说:“人们有时总免不了会疏忽的,那就够戗!某一天晚上他忘了玻璃罩子,或者小羊夜里不声不响地跑出来…”想到这里,小铃铛都变成泪珠了!

这真是一个很大的奥秘。对你们这些喜欢小王子的人来说,就象对于我来说一样,无论什么地方,凡是某处,如果一只羊(尽管我们并不认识它),吃了一朵玫瑰花,或是没有吃掉一朵玫瑰花,那么宇宙的面貌就全然不同。

你们望着天空。你们想一想:羊究竟是吃了还是没有吃掉花?那么你们就会看到一切都变了样…

任何一个大人将永远不会明白这个问题竟如此重要!


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