“Ah! Please excuse me,” said the little prince.
But, after some thought, he added:
“What does that mean — ‘tame’ ?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“ ‘To establish ties’ ?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”