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首页 LittlePrince《小王子》英文版

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LittlePrince《小王子》英文版

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ToLeonWerthIasktheindulgenceofthechildrenwhomayreadthisbookfordedicatingittoagrownupIhaveaseriousreason:heisthebestfriendIhaveintheworldIhaveanotherreason:thisgrownupunderstandseverything,evenbooksaboutchildrenIhaveathirdreason:helivesinFrancewhereheishungryandcoldHeneedscheeringupIfallthesereasonsarenotenough,IwilldedicatethebooktothechildfromwhomthisgrownupgrewAllgrownupswereoncechildrenalthoughfewofthemrememberitAndsoIcorrectmydedication:ToLeonWerthwhenhewasalittleboyChapterweareintroducedtothenarrator,apilot,andhisideasaboutgrownupsOncewhenIwassixyearsoldIsawamagnificentpictureinabook,calledTrueStoriesfromNature,abouttheprimevalforestItwasapictureofaboaconstrictorintheactofswallowingananimalHereisacopyofthedrawingInthebookitsaid:"Boaconstrictorsswallowtheirpreywhole,withoutchewingitAfterthattheyarenotabletomove,andtheysleepthroughthesixmonthsthattheyneedfordigestion"Ipondereddeeply,then,overtheadventuresofthejungleAndaftersomeworkwithacoloredpencilIsucceededinmakingmyfirstdrawingMyDrawingNumberOneItlookedlikethis:Ishowedmymasterpiecetothegrownups,andaskedthemwhetherthedrawingfrightenedthemButtheyanswered:"FrightenWhyshouldanyonebefrightenedbyahat"MydrawingwasnotapictureofahatItwasapictureofaboaconstrictordigestinganelephantButsincethegrownupswerenotabletounderstandit,Imadeanotherdrawing:Idrewtheinsideoftheboaconstrictor,sothatthegrownupscouldseeitclearlyTheyalwaysneedtohavethingsexplainedMyDrawingNumberTwolookedlikethis:Thegrownups'response,thistime,wastoadvisemetolayasidemydrawingsofboaconstrictors,whetherfromtheinsideortheoutside,anddevotemyselfinsteadtogeography,history,arithmeticandgrammarThatiswhy,attheageofsix,IgaveupwhatmighthavebeenamagnificentcareerasapainterIhadbeendisheartenedbythefailureofmyDrawingNumberOneandmyDrawingNumberTwoGrownupsneverunderstandanythingbythemselves,anditistiresomeforchildrentobealwaysandforeverexplainingthingstothemSothenIchoseanotherprofession,andlearnedtopilotairplanesIhaveflownalittleoverallpartsoftheworldanditistruethatgeographyhasbeenveryusefultomeAtaglanceIcandistinguishChinafromArizonaIfonegetslostinthenight,suchknowledgeisvaluableInthecourseofthislifeIhavehadagreatmanyencounterswithagreatmanypeoplewhohavebeenconcernedwithmattersofconsequenceIhavelivedagreatdealamonggrownupsIhaveseenthemintimately,closeathandAndthathasn'tmuchimprovedmyopinionofthemWheneverImetoneofthemwhoseemedtomeatallclearsighted,ItriedtheexperimentofshowinghimmyDrawingNumberOne,whichIhavealwayskeptIwouldtrytofindout,so,ifthiswasapersonoftrueunderstandingBut,whoeveritwas,he,orshe,wouldalwayssay:"Thatisahat"ThenIwouldnevertalktothatpersonaboutboaconstrictors,orprimevalforests,orstarsIwouldbringmyselfdowntohislevelIwouldtalktohimaboutbridge,andgolf,andpolitics,andnecktiesAndthegrownupwouldbegreatlypleasedtohavemetsuchasensiblemanChapterthenarratorcrashesinthedesertandmakestheacquaintanceofthelittleprinceSoIlivedmylifealone,withoutanyonethatIcouldreallytalkto,untilIhadanaccidentwithmyplaneintheDesertofSahara,sixyearsagoSomethingwasbrokeninmyengineAndasIhadwithmeneitheramechanicnoranypassengers,IsetmyselftoattemptthedifficultrepairsallaloneItwasaquestionoflifeordeathforme:IhadscarcelyenoughdrinkingwatertolastaweekThefirstnight,then,Iwenttosleeponthesand,athousandmilesfromanyhumanhabitationIwasmoreisolatedthanashipwreckedsailoronaraftinthemiddleoftheoceanThusyoucanimaginemyamazement,atsunrise,whenIwasawakenedbyanoddlittlevoiceItsaid:"Ifyoupleasedrawmeasheep!""What!""Drawmeasheep!"Ijumpedtomyfeet,completelythunderstruckIblinkedmyeyeshardIlookedcarefullyallaroundmeAndIsawamostextraordinarysmallperson,whostoodthereexaminingmewithgreatseriousnessHereyoumayseethebestpotraitthat,later,IwasabletomakeofhimButmydrawingiscertainlyverymuchlesscharmingthanitsmodelThat,however,isnotmyfaultThegrownupsdiscouragedmeinmypainter'scareerwhenIwassixyearsold,andIneverlearnedtodrawanything,exceptboasfromtheoutsideandboasfromtheinsideNowIstaredatthissuddenapparitionwithmyeyesfairlystartingoutofmyheadinastonishmentRemember,IhadcrashedinthedesertathousandmilesfromanyinhabitedregionAndyetmylittlemanseemedneithertobestrayinguncertainlyamongthesands,nortobefaintingfromfatigueorhungerorthirstorfearNothingabouthimgaveanysuggestionofachildlostinthemiddleofthedesert,athousandmilesfromanyhumanhabitationWhenatlastIwasabletospeak,Isaidtohim:"Butwhatareyoudoinghere"Andinanswerherepeated,veryslowly,asifhewerespeakingofamatterofgreatconsequence:"Ifyoupleasedrawmeasheep"Whenamysteryistoooverpowering,onedarenotdisobeyAbsurdasitmightseemtome,athousandmilesfromanyhumanhabitationandindangerofdeath,ItookoutofmypocketasheetofpaperandmyfountainpenButthenIrememberedhowmystudieshadbeenconcentratedongeography,history,arithmetic,andgrammar,andItoldthelittlechap(alittlecrossly,too)thatIdidnotknowhowtodrawHeansweredme:"Thatdoesn'tmatterDrawmeasheep"ButIhadneverdrawnasheepSoIdrewforhimoneofthetwopicturesIhaddrawnsooftenItwasthatoftheboaconstrictorfromtheoutsideAndIwasastoundedtohearthelittlefellowgreetitwith,"No,no,no!IdonotwantanelephantinsideaboaconstrictorAboaconstrictorisaverydangerouscreature,andanelephantisverycumbersomeWhereIlive,everythingisverysmallWhatIneedisasheepDrawmeasheep"SothenImadeadrawingHelookedatitcarefully,thenhesaid:"NoThissheepisalreadyverysicklyMakemeanother"SoImadeanotherdrawingMyfriendsmiledgentlyandindulgenty"Youseeyourself,"hesaid,"thatthisisnotasheepThisisaramIthashorns"SothenIdidmydrawingoveroncemoreButitwasrejectedtoo,justliketheothers"ThisoneistoooldIwantasheepthatwilllivealongtime"Bythistimemypatiencewasexhausted,becauseIwasinahurrytostarttakingmyengineapartSoItossedoffthisdrawingAndIthrewoutanexplanationwithit"ThisisonlyhisboxThesheepyouaskedforisinside"Iwasverysurprisedtoseealightbreakoverthefaceofmyyoungjudge:"ThatisexactlythewayIwantedit!Doyouthinkthatthissheepwillhavetohaveagreatdealofgrass""Why""BecausewhereIliveeverythingisverysmall""Therewillsurelybeenoughgrassforhim,"Isaid"ItisaverysmallsheepthatIhavegivenyou"Hebenthisheadoverthedrawing:"NotsosmallthatLook!Hehasgonetosleep"AndthatishowImadetheacquaintanceofthelittleprinceChapterthenarratorlearnsmoreaboutfromwherethelittleprincecameIttookmealongtimetolearnwherehecamefromThelittleprince,whoaskedmesomanyquestions,neverseemedtoheartheonesIaskedhimItwasfromwordsdroppedbychancethat,littlebylittle,everythingwasrevealedtomeThefirsttimehesawmyairplane,forinstance(Ishallnotdrawmyairplanethatwouldbemuchtoocomplicatedforme),heaskedme:"Whatisthatobject""ThatisnotanobjectItfliesItisanairplaneItismyairplane"AndIwasproudtohavehimlearnthatIcouldflyHecriedout,then:"What!Youdroppeddownfromthesky""Yes,"Ianswered,modestly"Oh!Thatisfunny!"Andthelittleprincebrokeintoalovelypealoflaughter,whichirritatedmeverymuchIlikemymisfortunestobetakenseriouslyThenheadded:"Soyou,too,comefromthesky!Whichisyourplanet"AtthatmomentIcaughtagleamoflightintheimpenetrablemysteryofhispresenceandIdemanded,abruptly:"Doyoucomefromanotherplanet"ButhedidnotreplyHetossedhisheadgently,withouttakinghiseyesfrommyplane:"Itistruethatonthatyoucan'thavecomefromveryfaraway"Andhesankintoareverie,whichlastedalongtimeThen,takingmysheepoutofhispocket,heburiedhimselfinthecontemplationofhistreasureYoucanimaginehowmycuriositywasarousedbythishalfconfidenceaboutthe"otherplanets"Imadeagreateffort,therefore,tofindoutmoreonthissubject"Mylittleman,wheredoyoucomefromWhatisthis'whereIlive,'ofwhichyouspeakWheredoyouwanttotakeyoursheep"Afterareflectivesilenceheanswered:"Thethingthatissogoodabouttheboxyouhavegivenmeisthatatnighthecanuseitashishouse""ThatissoAndifyouaregoodIwillgiveyouastring,too,sothatyoucantiehimduringtheday,andaposttotiehimto"Butthelittleprinceseemedshockedbythisoffer:"Tiehim!Whataqueeridea!""Butifyoudon'ttiehim,"Isaid,"hewillwanderoffsomewhere,andgetlost"Myfriendbrokeintoanotherpealoflaughter:"Butwheredoyouthinkhewouldgo""AnywhereStraightaheadofhim"Thenthelittleprincesaid,earnestly:"Thatdoesn'tmatterWhereIlive,everythingissosmall!"And,withperhapsahintofsadness,headded:"Straightaheadofhim,nobodycangoveryfar"ChapterthenarratorspeculatesastowhichasteroidfromwhichthelittleprincecameIhadthuslearnedasecondfactofgreatimportance:thiswasthattheplanetthelittleprincecamefromwasscarcelyanylargerthanahouse!ButthatdidnotreallysurprisememuchIknewverywellthatinadditiontothegreatplanetssuchastheEarth,Jupiter,Mars,Venustowhichwehavegivennames,therearealsohundredsofothers,someofwhicharesosmallthatonehasahardtimeseeingthemthroughthetelescopeWhenanastronomerdiscoversoneofthesehedoesnotgiveitaname,butonlyanumberHemightcallit,forexample,"Asteroid"IhaveseriousreasontobelievethattheplanetfromwhichthelittleprincecameistheasteroidknownasBThisasteroidhasonlyoncebeenseenthroughthetelescopeThatwasbyaTurkishastronomer,inOnmakinghisdiscovery,theastronomerhadpresentedittotheInternationalAstronomicalCongress,inagreatdemonstrationButhewasinTurkishcostume,andsonobodywouldbelievewhathesaidGrownupsarelikethatFortunately,however,forthereputationofAsteroidB,aTurkishdictatormadealawthathissubjects,underpainofdeath,shouldchangetoEuropeancostumeSointheastronomergavehisdemonstrationalloveragain,dressedwithimpressivestyleandeleganceAndthistimeeverybodyacceptedhisreportIfIhavetoldyouthesedetailsabouttheasteroid,andmadeanoteofitsnumberforyou,itisonaccountofthegrownupsandtheirwaysWhenyoutellthemthatyouhavemadeanewfriend,theyneveraskyouanyquestionsaboutessentialmattersTheyneversaytoyou,"WhatdoeshisvoicesoundlikeWhatgamesdoeshelovebestDoeshecollectbutterflies"Instead,theydemand:"HowoldisheHowmanybrothershasheHowmuchdoesheweighHowmuchmoneydoeshisfathermake"OnlyfromthesefiguresdotheythinktheyhavelearnedanythingabouthimIfyouweretosaytothegrownups:"Isawabeautifulhousemadeofrosybrick,withgeraniumsinthewindowsanddovesontheroof,"theywouldnotbeabletogetanyideaofthathouseatallYouwouldhavetosaytothem:"Isawahousethatcost$,"Thentheywouldexclaim:"Oh,whataprettyhousethatis!"Justso,youmightsaytothem:"Theproofthatthelittleprinceexistedisthathewascharming,thathelaughed,andthathewaslookingforasheepIfanybodywantsasheep,thatisaproofthatheexists"AndwhatgoodwoulditdototellthemthatTheywouldshrugtheirshoulders,andtreatyoulikeachildButifyousaidtothem:"TheplanethecamefromisAsteroidB,"thentheywouldbeconvinced,andleaveyouinpeacefromtheirquestionsTheyarelikethatOnemustnotholditagainstthemChildrenshouldalwaysshowgreatforbearancetowardgrownuppeopleButcertainly,foruswhounderstandlife,figuresareamatterofindifferenceIshouldhavelikedtobeginthisstoryinthefashionofthefairytalesIshouldhaveliketosay:"Onceuponatimetherewasalittleprincewholivedonaplanetthatwasscarcelyanybiggerthanhimself,andwhohadneedofasheep"Tothosewhounderstandlife,thatwouldhavegivenamuchgreaterairoftruthtomystoryForIdonotwantanyonetoreadmybookcarelesslyIhavesufferedtoomuchgriefinsettingdownthesememoriesSixyearshavealreadypassedsincemyfriendwentawayfromme,withhissheepIfItrytodescribehimhere,itistomakesurethatIshallnotforgethimToforgetafriendissadNoteveryonehashadafriendAndifIforgethim,ImaybecomelikethegrownupswhoarenolongerinterestedinanythingbutfiguresItisforthatpurpose,again,thatIhaveboughtaboxofpaintsandsomepencilsItishardtotakeupdrawingagainatmyage,whenIhavenevermadeanypicturesexceptthoseoftheboaconstrictorfromtheoutsideandtheboaconstrictorfromtheinside,sinceIwassixIshallcertainlytrytomakemyportraitsastruetolifeaspossibleButIamnotatallsureofsuccessOnedrawinggoesalongallright,andanotherhasnoresemblancetoitssubjectImakesomeerrors,too,inthelittleprince'sheight:inoneplaceheistootallandinanothertooshortAndIfeelsomedoubtsaboutthecolorofhiscostumeSoIfumblealongasbestIcan,nowgood,nowbad,andIhopegenerallyfairtomiddlingIncertainmoreimportantdetailsIshallmakemistakes,alsoButthatissomethingthatwillnotbemyfaultMyfriendneverexplainedanythingtomeHethought,perhaps,thatIwaslikehimselfButI,alas,donotknowhowtoseesheepthroughthewallsofboxesPerhapsIamalittlelikethegrownupsIhavehadtogrowoldChapterwearewarnedastothedangersofthebaobabsAseachdaypassedIwouldlearn,inourtalk,somethingaboutthelittleprince'splanet,hisdeparturefromit,hisjourneyTheinformationwouldcomeveryslowly,asitmightchancetofallfromhisthoughtsItwasinthiswaythatIheard,onthethirdday,aboutthecatastropheofthebaobabsThistime,oncemore,IhadthesheeptothankforitForthelittleprinceaskedmeabruptlyasifseizedbyagravedoubt"Itistrue,isn'tit,thatsheepeatlittlebushes""Yes,thatistrue""Ah!Iamglad!"IdidnotunderstandwhyitwassoimportantthatsheepshouldeatlittlebushesButthelittleprinceadded:"Thenitfollowsthattheyalsoeatbaobabs"Ipointedouttothelittleprincethatbaobabswerenotlittlebushes,but,onthecontrary,treesasbigascastlesandthatevenifhetookawholeherdofelephantsawaywithhim,theherdwouldnoteatuponesinglebaobabTheideaoftheherdofelephantsmadethelittleprincelaugh"Wewouldhavetoputthemoneontopoftheother,"hesaidButhemadeawisecomment:"Beforetheygrowsobig,thebaobabsstartoutbybeinglittle""Thatisstrictlycorrect,"Isaid"Butwhydoyouwantthesheeptoeatthelittlebaobabs"Heansweredmeatonce,"Oh,come,come!",asifhewerespeakingofsomethingthatwasselfevidentAndIwasobligedtomakeagreatmentalefforttosolvethisproblem,withoutanyassistanceIndeed,asIlearned,therewereontheplanetwherethelittleprincelivedasonallplanetsgoodplantsandbadplantsInconsequence,thereweregoodseedsfromgoodplants,andbadseedsfrombadplantsButseedsareinvisibleTheysleepdeepintheheartoftheearth'sdarkness,untilsomeoneamongthemisseizedwiththedesiretoawakenThenthislittleseedwillstretchitselfandbegintimidlyatfirsttopushacharminglittlespriginoffensivelyupwardtowardthesunIfitisonlyasproutofradishorthesprigofarosebush,onewouldletitgrowwhereveritmightwishButwhenitisabadplant,onemustdestroyitassoonaspossible,theveryfirstinstantthatonerecognizesitNowthereweresometerribleseedsontheplanetthatwasthehomeofthelittleprinceandtheseweretheseedsofthebaobabThesoilofthatplanetwasinfestedwiththemAbaobabissomethingyouwillnever,neverbeabletogetridofifyouattendtoittoolateItspreadsovertheentireplanetItboresclearthroughitwithitsrootsAndiftheplanetistoosmall,andthebaobabsaretoomany,theysplititinpieces"Itisaquestionofdiscipline,"thelittleprincesaidtomelateron"Whenyou'vefinishedyourowntoiletinthemorning,thenitistimetoattendtothetoiletofyourplanet,justso,withthegreatestcareYoumustseetoitthatyoupullupregularlyallthebaobabs,attheveryfirstmomentwhentheycanbedistinguishedfromtherosebusheswhichtheyresemblesocloselyintheirearliestyouthItisverytediouswork,"thelittleprinceadded,"butveryeasy"Andonedayhesaidtome:"Yououghttomakeabeautifuldrawing,sothatthechildrenwhereyoulivecanseeexactlyhowallthisisThatwouldbeveryusefultothemiftheyweretotravelsomedaySometimes,"headded,"thereisnoharminputtingoffapieceofworkuntilanotherdayButwhenitisamatterofbaobabs,thatalwaysmeansacatastropheIknewaplanetthatwasinhabitedbyalazymanHeneglectedthreelittlebushes"So,asthelittleprincedescribedittome,IhavemadeadrawingofthatplanetIdonotmuchliketotakethetoneofamoralistButthedangerofthebaobabsissolittleunderstood,andsuchconsiderableriskswouldberunbyanyonewhomightgetlostonanasteroid,thatforonceIambreakingthroughmyreserve"Children,"Isayplainly,"watchoutforthebaobabs!"Myfriends,likemyself,havebeenskirtingthisdangerforalongtime,withouteverknowingitandsoitisforthemthatIhaveworkedsohardoverthisdrawingThelessonwhichIpassonbythismeansisworthallthetroubleithascostmePerhapsyouwillaskme,"Whyaretherenootherdrawinginthisbookasmagnificentandimpressiveasthisdrawingofthebaobabs"ThereplyissimpleIhavetriedButwiththeothersIhavenotbeensuccessfulWhenImadethedrawingofthebaobabsIwascarriedbeyondmyselfbytheinspiringforceofurgentnecessityChapterthelittleprinceandthenarratortalkaboutsunsetsOh,littleprin

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