Water represents spiritual nourishment and the joy that we can take in everyday moments. Water begins as a seemingly ordinary resource that we take for granted in our lives, but in the desert, it becomes a rarity. The pilot
and the little prince
grow very thirsty by the end of the book, and they abandon their storytelling to search for water, walking beneath the desert stars
. When they finally find a well in the middle of the desert, they drink the water as if it were a "present," something that has become more special for the walking and the waiting that they have had to endure to find it. Additionally, when the little prince meets a merchant
who sells a pill that quenches thirst, thereby saving fifty-three minutes everyday, the little prince says that he would use those fifty-three minutes to walk toward a spring of fresh water—suggesting that there is no replacement for the ordinary joy of journeying towards water to take a cool drink.