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Instead his father took the bird, now tame and trusting, in his hands and broke its neck.
I told you to make it obedient, instead, you taught it to love you. Falcons are not meant to be loving pets: They are fierce and wild, savage and cruel. This bird was not tamed; it was broken.
The boy cried over the bird until his father sent a servant to get the body and bury it.
The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.
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