And he felt very unhappy. His flower has told him she was the only one of her kind in the whole universe. And here were five thousand of them, all just alike, in just one garden! She would be very annoyed, he said to himself, if she saw this… She would cough terribly and pretended to be dying, to avoid being laughed at. And I’d have to pretend to be nursing her; otherwise, she’d really let herself die in order to humiliate me. And then he said to himself, I thought I was rich because I had just one flower, and all I own is an ordinary rose. That and three volcanoes, which come up to my knee, one of which may be permanently extinct. It doesn’t make me much of a prince…

sources

  1. The Little Prince