What is the significance of chapter 20 in The Little Prince?

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The significance of chapter 20 in The Little Prince is that the prince discovers a garden of roses. He walks some time and comes to a road and finds himself gazing at a garden with flowers that are blooming. After asking them who they are, the flowers reply with, "We are roses." Upon hearing this the prince begins to grow sad. He had thought that he was lucky enough to be in possession of the one rose in all the universe but now finds out that there are many more just like his rose. The prince then thinks about what his rose and what her reaction would be to all of these other flowers. His final thoughts are of how he had a flower that was "common" and therefore, he was not "a very great prince." He then lays on the ground as if in defeat, and cries.