The fox appears quite suddenly and inexplicably while
the prince is mourning the ordinariness of his rose after having
come across the rose garden. When the fox immediately sets about
establishing a friendship between himself and the prince, it seems
that instruction is the fox’s sole purpose. Yet when he begs the
little prince to tame him, the fox appears to be the little prince’s
pupil as well as his instructor. In his lessons about taming, the
fox argues for the importance of ceremonies and rituals, showing
that such tools are important even outside the strict world of grown-ups.
In his final encounter with the prince, the fox facilitates
the prince’s departure by making sure the prince understands why
his rose is so important to him. This encounter displays an ideal
type of friendship because even though the prince’s departure causes
the fox great pain, the fox behaves unselfishly, encouraging the
prince to act in his own best interest.