The next day, the pilot sees the little prince talking to a poisonous yellow snake. The prince orders the snake to meet him later at the exact spot where they met a year ago. He asks, “Your poison is good? You’re sure it won’t make me suffer long?”
All this terrifies the pilot, who wants to kill the snake but cannot. It slithers away and disappears before the pilot can take a single shot with his revolver. The pilot tries to comfort the prince with water, but it does not seem to work. The prince looks frightened and says that his journey is extremely long and dangerous.
The pilot begs the little prince to laugh and promise to stay. But the little prince reminds him that the most important things, like the star and the flower, are invisible. Soon he will be invisible too. He explains that he is returning to his star, so from now on, the pilot will look at the stars and think of his friend. For different people, the stars have different meanings: they are guides for travelers, or problems for scholars to figure out, or gold for a businessman to collect. For the pilot, the stars will be more important than for anyone else:
When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing. You’ll have stars that can laugh!
The little prince begs the pilot not to come along for the meeting with the snake. He explains that his body is too heavy to travel to the stars, so he must leave it behind. He will appear to die, but he will not really die. Instead he will go home. The pilot refuses to stay behind, and the little prince cries because he knows how sad it will be for his friend to see him leave.
At the spot where the prince first landed, he reminds the pilot that he must return to his flower. “I am responsible for her. And she’s so weak! And so naïve.” He approaches the snake, who lashes out with one quick bite. His body falls silently to the ground.
As The Little Prince ends, the pilot explains that six years have passed since the prince left. When he finally made it...
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