In the book 'the little prince' by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, I found the expression 'I ask the indulgence of the children'. What's the meaning of that?
I'm not sure if it means 'I ask the children for forgiveness' or 'I ask for the children's pardon'.
Here is the full sentence:
I ask the indulgence of the children who may read this book for dedicating it to a grown-up.
Do you think the words "forgiveness" and "pardon" are strong and don't work?