Then one morning, exactly at sunrise, she suddenly showed herself.
And, after working with all this painstaking precision, she yawned and said:
Ah! I am scarcely awake. I beg that you will excuse me.
My petals are still all disarranged.
But the little prince could not restrain his admiration: "Oh! How beautiful you are!"
"Am I not?" the flower responded, sweetly. "And I was born at the same moment as the sun."
The little prince could guess easily enough that she was not any too modest–but how moving–and exciting–she was!
"I think it is time for breakfast," she added an instant later. "If you would have the kindness to think of my needs".
And the little prince, completely abashed, went to look for a sprinkling-can of fresh water. So, he tended the flower.
So, too, she began very quickly to torment him with her vanity– which was, if the truth be known, a little dificult to deal with.
One day, for instance, when she was speaking of her four thorns, she said to the little prince: "Let the tigers come with their claws!"
"There are no tigers on my planet," the little prince objected. "And, anyway, tigers do not eat weeds."
"I am not a weed," the flower replied, sweetly.
Please excuse me.
I am not at all afraid of tigers, she went on, but I have a horror of drafts.
I suppose you wouldn't have a screen for me?
"A horror of drafts–that is bad luck, for a plant," remarked the little prince, and added to himself, "This flower is a very complex creature."