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like infernal fire, grief burns but does not consume; instead, it makes the heart vulnerable to further suffering.
men of experience say, “Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity,”
They’re blind to a simple truth: complex minds can’t develop on their own. If they could, feral children would be like any others. And minds don’t grow the way weeds do, flourishing under indifferent attention; otherwise all children in orphanages would thrive. For a mind to even approach its full potential, it needs cultivation by other minds. That cultivation is what he’s trying to provide for Marco and Polo.