The pilot learns much from the Little Prince, and readers can take away a lesson from their relationship. As the Little Prince fills the pilot in on his travels, he reveals many lessons about the foibles of humanity. Grown-ups rush this way and that without enjoying their journeys or knowing what they want. Some search for meaning in praise, power, or ownership. None of those pursuits impress the Little Prince.
It is the fox who ultimately teaches the Little Prince the lesson that is most meaningful to him and to the pilot. The fox allows the Little Prince to tame him, and his description of being tamed is surprisingly close to the description of loving and being loved. The fox says:
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 Little Prince realizes that the fox's lesson explains the relationship between...
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