Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tame me

"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:
"What does that mean--'tame'?"
"You do not live here," said the fox. "What is it that you are looking for?"
"I am looking for men," said the little prince. "What does that mean--'tame'?"
"Men," said the fox. "They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They also raise chickens. These are their only interests. Are you looking for chickens?"
"No," said the little prince. "I am looking for friends. What does that mean--'tame'?"
"It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties."
"'To establish ties'?"
"Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . ."
"I am beginning to understand," said the little prince. "There is a flower . . . I think that she has tamed me . . ."
"It is possible," said the fox. "On the Earth one sees all sorts of things."
"Oh, but this is not on the Earth!" said the little prince.
The fox seemed perplexed, and very curious.
"On another planet?"
"Yes."
"Are there hunters on that planet?"
"No."
"Ah, that is interesting! Are there chickens?"
"No."
"Nothing is perfect," sighed the fox.
But he came back to his idea.
"My life is very monotonous," the fox said. "I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . ."
The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.
"Please--tame me!" he said.
"I want to, very much," the little prince replied. "But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand."
"One only understands the things that one tames," said the fox. "Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . ."
"What must I do, to tame you?" asked the little prince.
"You must be very patient," replied the fox. "First you will sit down at a little distance from me--like that--in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . ."
The next day the little prince came back.

17 comments:

kaylee said...

NICE POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love it how you been?

su said...

Um dos meus textos preferidos de sempre!!

:))

hope and love said...

beautiful post..!!

Scoot Noodles said...

Thank you for sharing that story of the fox and the boy. I did not realize it but did need to read it.

Be happy friend!

Life said...

hey soul where ru buddy ?? Havent seen u arround for long time ??


Any ways nice post

Take Care
Vikas{V}

Marghy said...

I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . ."

I think i understand this words only now, in spite i red so many times. And this time made me cry... are so simple words, but how true... love give you the sensation to love all what remembers him. The little things you never notice have significance, cause of him. And life changes colors.

Ti voglio bene cara ;o)
Marghy

kaylee said...

how are you?

Marijke said...

pffff wonderful
u dont need words to talk..true

ronnie said...

hey...dats a wonderful post!!!
very beautifully crafted..

keep em coming...

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Anonymous said...

Olaaaa amigaaaa!
Agora ja sabes por onde andei...infelizmente!
Mas o mais importante é que estou de volta pronta para o inverno e a companhia dos meus amigos online hehe-!
O teu blog esta liiiindo!!parabens!
Muitos beijinhos da tua amiga ISA

Marghy said...

carita miaaaaa come stai?
tvb ;o) hug!

Jeseem said...

very interesting and thoughtful
patience and time ...

drips of paint said...

:))

Kalyan said...

lovely reading the post...nice one!

ThanKwee-Anajo said...

Oh, The Little Prince.. I love this book! It was one of the first books I read when studying French. St Exupery has a way with words and expressing his thoughts that makes his book so fulfilling to read.

KAYLEE said...

u ok???????????????????