Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince
The next planet was inhabited by a tippler. This was a very short visit, but it plunged the little prince into deep dejection.
-What are you doing there? he said to the tippler, whom he found settled down in silence before a collection of empty bottles and also a collection of full bottles.
-I am drinking, replied the tippler, with a lugubrious air.
-Why are you drinking? demanded the little prince.
-So that I may forget, replied the tippler.
-Forget what? inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him.
-Forget that I am ashamed, the tippler confessed, hanging his head.
-Ashamed of what? insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him.
-Ashamed of drinking! The tipler brought his speech to an end, and shut himself up in an impregnable silence.
And the little prince went away, puzzled.
-The grown-ups are certainly very, very odd, he said to himself, as he continued on his journey.