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‘Grown-ups love figures. When you talk to them about a new friend, they never ask questions about essential matters. They never say to you: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he prefer?” “Does he collect butterflies?”. They ask you: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much money does his father earn?” It is only then that they feel they know him.’

–Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (1943) (trans, Irene Testot-Ferry)

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