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The Prince and the Wizard

The Prince and the Wizard | metaphor

Last updated on February 28, 2022 by Roger Kaufman

metaphor – The Prince and the Wizard

Once upon a time there was a young prince who believed in everything except three things.

He didn't believe in princesses, he didn't believe in islands, and he didn't believe in God.

His father, the king, told him these things did not exist. And since there were no princesses and islands and no sign of God in his father's kingdom, the prince believed his father.

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The Prince and the Sorcerer metaphor

But one day the prince ran away from his father's palace. He came to the neighboring country.

There, to his astonishment, he saw islands on every coast, and on these islands strange and confused creatures which he did not dare to name.

While he was looking around for a boat, a man in a tailcoat came towards him on the shore.

“Are these real islands?” asked the young prince.
“Of course these are real islands,” said the man in the tailcoat.

“And these strange and confusing creatures?”
“They’re real princesses.”
“Then God must also exist!” cried the prince.

“I am God,” replied the man in the tailcoat and bowed.
The Boy Prince returned home as quickly as he could.

“I have seen islands, I have seen princesses, I have seen God,” said the prince reproachfully.

The king was unmoved:

“There are no real islands, no real princesses, no real God.”

“But I saw her.”

“Tell me how God was dressed.”

“God was dressed festively, in tails.”

“Were the sleeves of his coat turned back?”

The prince remembered that it was so. The king smiled.

“That’s someone’s uniform magician. You have been deceived.”

The prince then returned to the neighboring country and went to the same coast, where the man in the tailcoat met him again.

“My father, the king, told me who you are,” said the young prince indignantly.

“You fooled me last time, but not this time. I know now that these are not real islands and not real princesses, because you are a wizard.”

The man on the shore smiled.

“No, you have been deceived, my Boy.

In your father's kingdom there are many islands and many princesses.

But you are enchanted by your father, so you cannot see her.”

The prince returns home thoughtfully. When he saw his father, he looked into his eyes Eyes.

"Father, is it true that you are not a real king, but just a wizard?"

"Yes, son, I am just a wizard." Then the man on the shore was God?"

"The man on the shore was another wizard."

“But I have to have the real one Truth know the truth beyond magic.”

“There is no truth beyond magic,” said the king.

The prince was filled with sadness.

He said, “I’m going to kill myself.”

The king conjured up death. The Tod stood in the doorway and waved to the prince. The prince shuddered.

He remembered the wonderful but unreal islands and the unreal but magnificent princesses.

“Very well,” he said. “I can take it.”

“You see, my son,” said the king, “that you are about to become a sorcerer yourself.”

– John Fowles – The Prince and the Wizard

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