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When he was young, the narrator drew a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Adults did not understand his art and advised him to give up drawing in favor of other subjects, so he decided to become a pilot.
The narrator crashes his plane in the Sahara Desert. As his situation worsens, he sees a little blond prince asking him to draw a sheep. He draws the boa constrictor and elephant, and the prince surprises him by understanding what it is, and he asks again for a sheep. After drawing three different sheep, which the prince rejects, the narrator draws a box and says it contains exactly the type of sheep the prince is looking for.
The little prince prefers asking questions to answering them. He asks the narrator about his plane and the planet he comes from. The prince admires the sheep he drew. The narrator offers to draw a post and a string to tie the sheep, but the prince says it won't get lost because he comes from a very small planet.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 1–3.
The narrator tells details of the little prince’s planet and insists he does so to satisfy his grown-up readers, who can only understand facts and figures and never wonder about essential qualities like beauty and love. The narrator worries he is growing old, so he writes and illustrates his story so he will not forget the prince.
The narrator learns that the little prince wants the sheep to eat the seedlings on his planet so that giant trees don't destroy it. The prince notes that all planets have good and bad plants, but one must uproot the bad ones. The prince wants an illustration to warn children of an overtaken planet.
The prince says that, on his planet, a person can see the sunset whenever one likes by simply moving a few steps. He mentions that one day he saw 44 sunsets, and that sunsets can cheer a sad person.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 4–6.
Because the narrator is frustrated with trying to repair his plane and worried about food and water, he yells at the little prince as they discuss if the sheep would eat flowers. The prince accuses the narrator of acting like a grown-up and not seeing what is important, and he cries. The narrator realizes the prince's happiness is the most serious matter, and he hugs and assures him.
The little prince tells the narrator about a beautiful but vain rose that grew on his planet. The prince loved the rose and protected her. One day, when she lied to him, he doubted the sincerity of her love and decided to leave. He realizes he would not have left if he had looked at the rose's actions instead of her words, but he didn't know how to love her yet.
On the day the little prince left his planet, he said good-bye to the rose. She apologized and assured the prince she loved him.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 7–9.
The little prince decides to visit some asteroids. On the first one, he encounters a king with no subjects who claims to reign over every star in the universe but in reality tailors his orders to fit the actions of the person he commands.
On the second planet, the little prince encounters a vain man who asks for applause and admiration. The prince acquiesces to the first but refuses to say the man is the best on the planet since he is its sole inhabitant.
On the third planet, the little prince meets a drunkard who tells him he drinks to forget that he is ashamed of his drinking.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 10–12.
On the fourth planet, the little prince encounters a businessman who counts stars he claims to own, notes their numbers, and places the numbers in a bank. When the prince tells the businessman his ownership of a rose and three volcanoes is useful because he takes care of them, but the businessman's ownership of stars is useless, the businessman is speechless.
The fifth planet is just big enough for a streetlamp and its lamplighter. The lamplighter is under orders to extinguish the lamp during the day and light it at night, which doesn't make sense now that his planet turns so fast that a new day occurs every minute. The little prince advises the lamplighter to walk along with the sunset to avoid having to extinguish and relight the lamp continually, but the lamplighter says what he really wants is sleep.
On the sixth planet, the little prince meets a geographer who knows the location of all the seas, mountains, cities, and deserts, but doesn't know anything about them as he never explores his planet. The prince asks where he should go next, and the geographer suggests Earth.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 13–15.
The narrator tells the little prince that Earth has hundreds of kings, thousands of geographers, hundreds of thousands of businessmen, and millions of drunkards and vain men.
The narrator admits his description of Earth is distorted because humanity only takes up a small percentage of the space and is not nearly as important as most people think. When the little prince arrives on Earth, he meets a snake, who says he is in the desert where there are no people. The prince remarks it must be lonely, but the snake says it can be lonely among men too.
The little prince encounters a flower who, having seen a caravan pass by, tells the prince there are only a few men on Earth, with no roots, which let the wind blow them away.
The little prince climbs the highest mountain he has ever seen, hoping to see the whole planet, but he only sees a desolate landscape.
When he finds a huge rose garden, the little prince begins to feel he is not a great prince as his planet only contains three tiny volcanoes and a flower he now considers common. He lies in the grass and cries.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 16–20.
A fox asks the little prince to tame him so they can become friends. The fox tells him to visit the garden again so he can see why his rose is so special and that he will reveal a secret when the prince returns to say good-bye. At the garden, the prince realizes his rose is unique to him because he has cared for and loved her. When the prince returns, the fox says that only the heart can see clearly because the eyes miss what is important, and that a person is forever responsible for what he has tamed.
The little prince meets a railway switchman who says people are unhappy wherever they are and aren't chasing anything at all. He adds that only the children watch through the windows, and the prince remarks that only children know what they are looking for.
The little prince meets a salesclerk selling pills to quench thirst, which can save people as many as 53 minutes a day. The prince replies that, if he had an extra 53 minutes, he would walk very slowly toward a cold fountain.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 21–23.
By the time the little prince finishes his stories, the narrator has been stranded in the desert for days and has run out of water. The prince says he is also thirsty and proposes searching for a well.
The little prince and the narrator drink water from the well and agree people lose sight of things because they look with their eyes instead of their hearts. The prince says children will understand the narrator’s drawings.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 24 & 25.
The following day, the narrator sees the little prince discussing plans with the snake. The prince says he will be going on a much more difficult journey. He asks the narrator not to accompany him. That night the narrator follows and refuses to abandon the prince, who explains his rose needs him and falls after the snake strikes his ankle.
Years later, the narrator says he knows the little prince made it back to his planet as he could not find the prince the next morning. The narrator's friends are happy to have him back. When he looks up at the sky, the question of whether the sheep has eaten the rose or not has changed the way he sees everything, and he remarks a grown-up will never understand his concern.
The narrator shows the same illustration of the desert landscape from his final chapter, but he leaves out the little prince and calls it the saddest and loveliest landscape in the world. He asks us to keep an eye out for this landscape if we are ever in the Sahara and to send immediate word if we happen to meet the little prince.
Read a full Summary & Analysis of Chapters 26 & 27 & the Epilogue.
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