In "The Alchemist," how does Santiago’s father react when his son tells him that he wants to travel?

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Santiago's family wanted him to be a priest, and so they went him to seminary school.  The boy, however, longed to see the world, and so he decided to become a shepherd so that he could travel.  Although his father would have preferred that his son become a priest, he did give him three gold coins so that he could purchase his first flock and go out on his way.  He chose not to quench his son's choices by making him stay in the seminary, and he let the boy do as his his dictated.  This gave Santiago the strength to trust his intuition throughout the rest of the parable.

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Santiago's father said nothing, but the next day, he gave Santiago a pouch with three gold ancient Spanish coins to buy his flock.

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