"My life is monotonous . I hunt chickens; people hunt me. All chickens are just alike, and all men are just alike. So I am rather bored. But if you tame me, my life will be filled with sunshine. I’ll know the sound of footsteps that will be different from all the rest. Other footsteps send me back underground. Yours will call me out of my burrow , like music . And then, look ! you see the wheat fields over there? I don’t eat bread. For me wheat is of no use whatever. Wheat fields say nothing to me. Which is sad. But you have hair the color of gold. So it will be wonderful , once you have tamed me! The wheat, which is golden, will remind me of you. And I’ll love the sound of the wind in the wheat..."
The fox fell silent and stared at the little prince for a long while.
"Please... tame me!" he said.
"I’d like to," the little prince replied. "But I haven’t much time. I have friends to find and so many things to learn."
"The only things you learn are the things you tame," said the fox. "People haven’t time to learn anything. They buy things ready-made in stores. But since there are no stores where you can buy friends, people no longer have friends . If you want a friend, tame me!"
"What do I have to do ?" asked the little prince.
"You have to be very patient," the fox answered . "First you’ll sit down a little ways away from me,over there , in the grass. I’ll watch you out of the corner of my eye, and you won’t say anything. Language is the source of misunderstandings. But day by day , you’ll be able to sit a little closer ...” The next day the little prince returned .
"It would have been better to return at the same time," the fox said. " For instance, if you come at four in the afternoon, I’ll begin to be happy by three . The closer it gets to four ,the happier I’ll feel. By four I’ll be all excited and worried ;I’ll discover what it costs to be happy ! But if you come at any old time, I’ll never know when I should prepare my heart... There must be rites." "What’s a rite ?" asked the little prince.
"That’s another thing that’s been too often neglected," said the fox. "It’s the fact that one day is different from the other days ,one hour from the other hours. My hunters , for example, have a rite.They dance with the village girls on Thursday ,So Thursday’s a wonderful day : I can take a stroll all the way to the vineyards . If the hunters danced whenever they chose , the days would all be just alike , and I’d have no holiday at all.”
THAT WAS HOW the little prince tamed the fox.
Monotonous 枯燥无味的 tame 驯服 neglect 忽略 stroll 漫步