The Fox helps the Little Prince to realize that friendship is a give and take, with both parties having to leave their comfort zones to reach the goal of trust and partnership. He starts out as skittish but slowly warms to the Little Prince.
LITTLE PRINCE: What does “tamed” mean?
FOX: It means… to establish ties.
LITTLE PRINCE: Establish ties?
FOX: Yeah.. You see, to me you’re just another little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys and I have no need of you. And you– well, you have no need of me. To you, I’m nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.
LITTLE PRINCE: Oh, I see.
FOX: But if you tamed me — to me you’d be unique in all the world. And to you, I’d be unique in all the world. And then — we’d need each other. Sometimes I sit down in a hole for hours just thinking.
LITTLE PRINCE: About what?
FOX: About — what it might be like if someday, someone came along — someone without a gun. Someone whose footsteps would make me excited instead of sending me scurrying away. Someone who could — tame me.
LITTLE PRINCE: What must I do to tame you?
FOX: You must be very patient. I’m still a wild animal, after all. First, we’ll sit down together in the grass. Then I’ll look at you out of the corner of my eye and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstanding But every day we will sit a little closer. Day after day.