The Little Prince
Though ostensibly a children's book, The Little Prince makes several profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story's essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye." Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed" and "It is the time you have devoted to your rose that makes your rose so important."
The little prince's home asteroid, or "planet", only the size of a house, has three volcanoes (two active, and one dormant) and a rose, among various other objects. The Prince spends his days caring for the asteroid, pulling out the baobab trees that are constantly trying to take root there. The Prince falls in love with the rose, who appears not to return his love due to her vain nature. The Prince loses his trust in the rose after she lies to him, and he grows lonely.
After he reconciles with his rose, the prince leaves to see what the rest of the universe is like. He visits six other asteroids, each of which is inhabited by a foolish adult. The sixth asteroid is inhabited by a geographer, who asks the prince to describe his home. When the prince mentions the rose, the geographer explains that he does not record roses, calling them "ephemeral". The prince is shocked and hurt by this revelation. The geographer recommends that he visit the Earth. The prince comes upon a whole row of rosebushes, and becomes downcast because he thought his rose was unique. He begins to feel that he is not a great prince at all, as his planet contains only three tiny volcanoes and a flower he now thinks of as common. He lies down in the grass and weeps.
As the prince cries, a fennec fox comes across him. The prince tames the fox, who explains to him that his rose really is unique and special, because she is the one whom the prince loves. The fox also explains that, in a way, the prince has tamed the flower, and that this is why the prince now feels responsible for her. At last, a snake returns him to his home planet.
It took me a long time to learn where he came from.
The little prince, who asked me so many questions, never seemed to hear the ones I asked him.
It was from words dropped by chance that, little by little, everything was revealed to me.
The first time he saw my airplane, for instance (I shall not draw my airplane; that would be much too complicated for me), he asked me:
“What is that object?”
“That is not an object.
It is an airplane.
It is my airplane.”
And I was proud to have him learn that I could fly.
He cried out, then:
You dropped down from the sky?”
“Yes,” I answered, modestly.
That is funny!”
And the little prince broke into a lovely peal of laughter, which irritated me very much.
I like my misfortunes to be taken seriously.
Then he added:
“So you, too, come from the sky!
Which is your planet?”
At that moment I caught a gleam of light in the impenetrable mystery of his presence; and I demanded, abruptly:
“Do you come from another planet?”
But he did not reply.
He tossed his head gently, without taking his eyes from my plane:
“It is true that on that you can’t have come from very far away...”
And he sank into a reverie, which lasted a long time.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry first published The Little Prince in 1943, only a year before his Lockheed P-38 vanished over the Mediterranean during a reconnaissance mission. More than a half century later, this fable of love and loneliness has lost none of its power.
- 第一章 ——我们将认识这位叙述者，一位飞行员，并了解他对成年人的看法
- 第二章 ——叙述者在沙漠坠机，结识小王子
- 第三章 ——叙述者对于小王子的来历有了更多的了解
- 第四章 ——叙述者推测小王子来自哪颗行星
- 第五章 ——警告我们要小心猴面包树
- 第六章 ——小王子和叙述者谈论日落
- 第七章 ——叙述者知道了小王子生活的秘密
- 第八章 ——玫瑰来到小王子的星球
- 第九章 ——小王子离开他的星球
- 第十章 ——小王子拜见国王
- 第十一章 ——小王子拜访自大狂
- 第十二章 ——小王子拜访酒鬼
- 第十三章 ——小王子拜访商人
- 第十四章 ——小王子拜访点灯人
- 第十五章 ——小王子拜访地理学家
- 第十六章 ——叙述者谈论地球上的点灯人
- 第十七章 ——小王子遇上蛇
- 第十八章 ——小王子寻找人类，遇上一朵花
- 第十九章 ——小王子爬上山脊
- 第二十章 ——小王子发现玫瑰园
- 第二十一章 ——小王子与狐狸交朋友
- 第二十二章 ——小王子遇上铁路扳道工
- 第二十三章 ——小王子遇见一位商人
- 第二十四章 ——叙述者和小王子干渴难忍，在沙漠中寻找水井
- 第二十五章 ——找到水井，小王子和叙述者讨论归程
- 第二十六章 ——小王子与蛇交谈；小王子安慰叙述者；小王子返回自己的星球
- 第二十七章 ——叙述者后记
- To Leon Werth
- Chapter 1 —we are introduced to the narrator, a pilot, and his ideas about grown-ups
- Chapter 2 —the narrator crashes in the desert and makes the acquaintance of the little prince
- Chapter 3 —the narrator learns more about from where the little prince came
- Chapter 4 —the narrator speculates as to which asteroid from which the little prince came
- Chapter 5 —we are warned as to the dangers of the baobabs
- Chapter 6 —the little prince and the narrator talk about sunsets
- Chapter 7 —the narrator learns about the secret of the little prince’s life
- Chapter 8 —the rose arrives at the little prince’s planet
- Chapter 9 —the little prince leaves his planet
- Chapter 10 —the little prince visits the king
- Chapter 11 —the little prince visits the conceited m
- Chapter 12 —the little prince visits the tippler
- Chapter 13 —the little prince visits the businessman
- Chapter 14 —the little prince visits the lamplighter
- Chapter 15 —the little prince visits the geographer
- Chapter 16 —the narrator discusses the Earth’s lamplighters
- Chapter 17 —the little prince makes the acquaintance of the snake
- Chapter 18 —the little prince goes looking for men and meets a flower
- Chapter 19 —the little prince climbs a mountain range
- Chapter 20 —the little prince discovers a garden of roses
- Chapter 21 —the little prince befriends the fox
- Chapter 22 —the little prince encounters a railway switchman
- Chapter 23 —the little prince encounters a merchant
- Chapter 24 —the narrator and the little prince, thirsty, hunt for a well in the desert
- Chapter 25 —finding a well, the narrator and the little prince discuss his return to his planet
- Chapter 26 —the little prince converses with the snake; the little prince consoles the narrator; the little prince returns to his planet
- Chapter 27 —the narrator’s afterthoughts