Chapter 21
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," the fox said. "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:

" "'To establish ties'?" "Just that. . that is interesting! Are there chickens?" "No.2 "What does that mean--'tame'?" "You do not live here." said the fox. But he came back to his idea." said the fox. "They have guns. "To me." "Nothing is perfect. you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys." said the little prince. but this is not on the Earth!" said the little prince. and very curious. I think that she has tamed me . But if you tame me. . have no need of me. I shall be unique in all the world . . Are you looking for chickens?" "No. "What does that mean--'tame'?" "Men. The fox seemed perplexed. What does that mean--'tame'?" "It is an act too often neglected. They also raise chickens. ." "Are there hunters on that planet?" "No. ." said the fox. "I am looking for friends. on your part. "On another planet?" "Yes." "It is possible." said the fox. you will be unique in all the world. . . To me." "I am beginning to understand." sighed the fox." "Oh. It is very disturbing." said the little prince. To you. "What is it that you are looking for?" "I am looking for men. then we shall need each other." "Ah. And you. I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. To you." said the fox. These are their only interests. And I have no need of you. "On the Earth one sees all sorts of things. "There is a flower . and they hunt." said the little prince. It means to establish ties.

If you want a friend. "Men have no more time to understand anything." the little prince replied. "You must be very patient. men hunt me. Yours will call me. and so men have no friends any more. They buy things all ready made at the shops. ." The fox gazed at the little prince.3 "My life is very monotonous. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain. . And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. But if you tame me." the fox said. like music. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. All the chickens are just alike. "I hunt chickens. "Please--tame me!" he said. Words are the source of misunderstandings. out of my burrow. in consequence. But you have hair that is the color of gold. tame me . and you will say nothing. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye. very much. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . "But I have not much time." replied the fox." "One only understands the things that one tames. . I have friends to discover. will bring me back the thought of you. . . "First you will sit down at a little distance from me--like that--in the grass. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. ." The next day the little prince came back. . which is also golden. it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. Wheat is of no use to me. and a great many things to understand. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship. to tame you?" asked the little prince. and all the men are just alike. every day . And." said the fox. And that is sad. But you will sit a little closer to me. for a long time." "What must I do. "I want to. I am a little bored.

" "Yes. You are like my fox when I first knew him. "You are not at all like my rose. and I should never have any vacation at all. one hour from other hours. 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.4 "It would have been better to come back at the same hour. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes." "What is a rite?" asked the little prince. "Then it has done you no good at all!" "It has done me good. among my hunters. I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . "But now you are going to cry!" said the little prince." said the fox. that is so. At four o'clock. "Yes. "If. but you wanted me to tame you ." The little prince went away. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. Then come back to say goodbye to me. . that is so. I shall already be worrying and jumping about. then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy." And then he added: "Go and look again at the roses." said the fox. There is a rite." So the little prince tamed the fox. No one has tamed you. . "They are what make one day different from other days." he said." And the roses were very much embarassed. But I have made him my friend. for example. and now he is unique in all the world. "because of the color of the wheat fields." said the fox. you come at four o'clock in the afternoon. and I will make you a present of a secret. One must observe the proper rites . "I shall cry. "Those also are actions too often neglected. "I never wished you any sort of harm. ." said the little prince." said the fox. . . . I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances." said the fox. ." said the fox. every day would be like every other day. for example. And when the hour of his departure drew near-"Ah." "It is your own fault. and you have tamed no one. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time. "As yet you are nothing. to look again at the roses.

an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you--the rose that belongs to me. forever. or boasted. so that he would be sure to remember. because it is she that I have put under the glass globe. ." said the fox. for what you have tamed. because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen." "What is essential is invisible to the eye." said the fox. You are responsible for your rose . You become responsible." the little prince repeated. Because she is my rose. . "Goodbye. "And now here is my secret. because it is she that I have listened to. but you are empty. a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.5 "You are beautiful. so that he would be sure to remember. "Goodbye. what is essential is invisible to the eye. To be sure. "But you must not forget it. when she grumbled. so that he would be sure to remember." he said. "One could not die for you. "Men have forgotten this truth." "I am responsible for my rose." "It is the time I have wasted for my rose--" said the little prince. And he went back to meet the fox. "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." the little prince repeated. ." he went on. or ever sometimes when she said nothing. because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies). But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered.

Since she’s the one I sheltered behind a screen…. he tells him to begin by sitting at a distance. and how excited and worried he will become as it approaches. or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. The chapter ends with the fox telling the Little Prince his secret. who will teach him the most important lessons of his life. It’s quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” “Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. “You have to be patient. which I take to be the theme and the climax of the book. Since she’s the one I put under glass. Later in the chapter the Little Prince goes back to visit the rose garden. the essential is invisible to the eyes) .6 Explanation The Little Prince meets the fox.” says the fox. since she’s the one I’ve watered. Building trust between friends takes time. in order to remember. “The only things you learn are the things you tame. The fox talks about how he will learn to anticipate that arrival time. He tells them. When the fox teaches the Little Prince how to tame him. or when she boasted. He tells him not to say anything. because ”Language is the source of misunderstandings. just so that the fox can see him out of the corner of his eye. Since she’s the one I listened to when she complained. “Here is my secret. all on her own.” the fox tells him. Then the fox introduces the insightful concept of ritual in relationship – he tells the Little Prince that it would be better to return each day at the same time. It is through this taming process.” The taming process continues as each day the Little Prince is to sit a bit closer to the fox. … my rose. which again takes time. ” the little prince repeated.  (One sees rightly only with the heart. And he makes this striking comment: I’ll discover what it costs to be happy! The fox also teaches the Little Prince how his flower became special to him out of all the millions and billions of flowers in the universe. The first lesson is about the process of taming. now understanding why his flower is different from them. Since she’s my rose. is more important than all of you together.

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