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Free Study Guide-The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery-Book Notes
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CHAPTER SUMMARY AND NOTES

CHAPTERS 19 & 20

Summary

The Prince climbs a high mountain and thinks that from such a height he will be able to see the whole planet at one glance. He is amazed that from the top of the mountain, he sees nothing of importance, only more peaks of rocks and sand. He begins to wonder why Earth is supposedly so special, for he thinks it is a dry, harsh, and forbidding place. When he calls out to find someone, he is disappointed to be greeted only by his own echo. Feeling lonelier than ever, he thinks about his flower back on his asteroid; he misses the flower greatly, for she always had something to say.


As he travels on, the Little Prince comes upon a garden full of roses. He is disappointed when he realizes that all these flowers look just like his special flower back home, which was supposed to be one of a kind. He is sad to think that his flower has lied to him about being unique. He is also shocked to realize that the one possession that he really liked and felt was valuable has little value because of it commonness. Being upset by what he has seen and learned, the Prince lies down in the grass and cries.

Notes

The Prince climbs a mountain, erroneously thinking he would be able to see the entire Earth. From the top, he is disappointed by the view and the sound of his own voice echoing back. With no other being in sight, he feels lonelier than ever.

After descending the mountain, the Little Prince is shocked to see a garden of roses, which look just like his special flower at home. Both he and the flower had thought she was one of a kind, making her quite valuable. When he realizes that his flower is common and worthless, he lays down in the grass and cries. It is a touching picture of a broken-hearted little man who has invested all his love in his special flower.

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