The prince was a very kind person. However, the rose could not seem to understand why. Whenever they looked towards the starry skies together, she could feel her heart race. Yet again, she could not understand why. "You're so gentle to me because I'm so beautiful!" Such thoughts made the rose arrogant, and the prince ceased to smile. As ever, the rose could not understand why.
The Rose is one of the characters in the novella The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince) by French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The little prince lived on an asteroid the size of a house, he describes spending his earlier days cleaning the volcanoes and weeding out certain unwanted seeds and sprigs that infest his planet's soil. A mysterious rose suddenly began growing on the asteroid's surface some time ago, he nourished the rose and listened to her. Although the prince fell in love with the rose, he also began to feel that she was taking advantage of him, and he resolved to leave the planet to explore the rest of the universe. Although the rose finally apologized for her vanity, and the two reconciled, she encouraged him to go ahead with his journey and so he traveled onward.
Artwork by Yu-Han Chen.