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By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells in regards to the courageous males who piloted evening mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina within the early days of industrial aviation. Preface by way of André Gide. Translated by means of Stuart Gilbert.

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No longer that he wanted to make slaves of his males; his target was once to elevate them above themselves. In punishing them for every hold up he acted, doubtless, unjustly, yet he bent the need of each group to punctual departure; or, relatively, he bred in them the need to maintain to time. Denying his males the ideal to welcome foggy climate because the pretext for a rest hour, he stored them so breathlessly longing for the fog to raise that even the humblest mechanic felt a twinge of disgrace for the hold up. therefore they have been speedy to learn by way of the least rift within the armor of the skies. “An starting at the north; let’s be off! ” due to Rivière the provider of the mails was once paramount over twenty thousand miles of land and sea. “The males are happy,” he might say, “because they prefer their paintings, and so they love it simply because i'm demanding. ” and difficult he could have been—still he gave his males willing excitement for all that. “They need,” he may say to himself, “to be steered on towards a hardy lifestyles, with its sufferings and its joys; purely that concerns. ” because the vehicle approached the town, Rivière recommended the motive force to take him to the pinnacle place of work. almost immediately Robineau came across himself by myself with Pellerin and a query formed itself upon his lips. V Robineau was once feeling drained this night. Pellerin—Pellerin the Conqueror—he had simply stumbled on that his personal lifestyles used to be a grey one. Worst of all, he used to be coming to achieve that, for all his rank of inspector and authority, he, Robineau, minimize a negative determine beside this travel-stained and weary pilot, crouching in a nook of the auto, his eyes closed and fingers all grimed with oil. For the 1st time, Robineau used to be studying to respect. a necessity to talk of this came around him and, mainly, to make a pal. He used to be uninterested in his trip and the day’s rebuffs and felt probably a bit ridiculous. That very night, while verifying the gas reserve, he had botched his figures and the agent, whom he had desired to seize out, had taken compassion and totted them up for him. What was once worse, he had commented at the becoming of a version B. 6 oil pump, mistaking it for the B. four style, and the mechanics with ironic smiles had permit him maunder on for twenty mins approximately this “inexcusable stupidity”—his personal stupidity. He dreaded his room on the resort. From Toulouse to Buenos Aires, immediately to his room he constantly went as soon as the day’s paintings was once over. competently ensconced and darkly aware of the secrets and techniques he carried in his breast, he could draw from his bag a sheet of paper and slowly inscribe document on it, write a line or at random, then tear it up. He might have cherished to avoid wasting the corporate from a few super peril; however it used to be no longer in any threat. All he had stored thus far used to be a touch rusted propeller-boss. He had slowly handed his finger over the rust with a mournful air, eyed through an airport overseer, whose basically remark was once: “Better name up the final halt; this plane’s basically simply in. ” Robineau was once wasting self assurance in himself. At a enterprise he essayed a pleasant stream. “Would you care to dine with me? ” he requested Pellerin.

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