The Little Prince

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The Little PrinceLe Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Translated by Benjamin Speakmon, 1995 My Little Prince translation has aroused a great deal of interest on the Web, far more than I ever imagined. There have been numerous requests for a translation of the remainder. Some of you may not be aware that Saint-Exupéry was fluent in English and that he wrote the English version now in common use.

My translation is then not much more than a personal intellectual exercise, which was all it ever tried to be.

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Links to the full text in English and French may be found there. As always, comments are welcome. A mail link follows at the bottom.

Book I One time, when I was six years old, I saw a neat drawing in a book on the Virgin Forest called "Real Life Stories."

It showed a boa constrictor that was swallowing a rodent. This is what the drawing looked like.

It said in the book: "Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewing it. Afterwards they can no longer move and so they sleep during the six months it takes for digestion." So I thought a lot about jungle adventures, and by some trick I succeeded, with a colored pencil, in drawing my first picture. My number-one picture. It was like this: I showed my masterpiece to some grownups and asked them if my picture scared them. They replied, "Why would a hat scare somebody?" My picture did not look like a hat. It looked like a boa constrictor that was digesting an elephant. So I drew the inside of the boa constrictor in order that the grownups could understand. They always...