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A Visionary Heart In the story The Little Prince the author Antoinne De Saint-Exupery is the narrator who is ostensibly recounting what occurred when his plane put down in the Sahara Desert six years earlier due to engine trouble The story is written in simple short sentences as would be suitable to use to tell a tale to a small child making it sound deceptively similar to a Peter-Pan-like a fairy tale Briefly a young prince from a distant planet comes upon the stranded author and tells him of his experiences in the form of parables as he wandered among the planets seeking wisdom One of the characters encountered by the Little Prince the fox reveals a secret to the prince It is only with the heart that one can see rightly what is essential is invisible to the eye After a week which turns out to be the Little Princes last week on the earth - having arrived exactly one year earlier on that spot the little prince is bitten by a snake and appears to die although his body disappears in order to return to his planet The author with his repaired plane is left sad but enlightened and relates the story complete with child-like drawings which are accompanied by explanations that encourage the reader to see the meaning in the drawings more than the literal sketches By illustration and by words Saint-Exupery draws the reader into his vision and subtly exhorts the reader to lift his focus from that of an adult critical reader into the realm of fantasy and enlightenment One of the first stories told in chapters related by the narrator is a story about an occurrence before he the narrator landed in the desert and encounters the Little Prince The narrator while ostensibly pointing out the limitations of his artistry encourages the reader to see more than is on the page that is
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