What was the quality that the swallow wished the reed to have

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The quality that swallow wished reed to have in the story 'The Happy Prince' was his love for travelling. Swallow's love for reed doesn't allow him to travel to Egypt with other birds. Swallow tries to court reed and make her like him but other birds tries to turn them against each other. They try to break the relationship between the two. Still swallow loved reed and always stay with her. Swallow wants to travel and discover the world and he finds reed too domestic for this life. When reed said no to swallow, swallow gets angry and decides to fly away. 

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