While learning the business, undergoing the long days of tutelage by his father, Michael had one time asked, ‘How come you used a guy like Luca Brasi? An animal like that?'
The Don had proceeded to instruct him. ‘There arc men in this world/ he said, ‘who go about demanding to be killed. You must have noticed them. They quarrel in gambling games, they jump out of their automobiles in a rage if someone so much as scratches their fender, they humiliate and bully people whose capabilities they do not know. I have seen a man, a fool, deliberately infuriate a group of dangerous men, and he him-self without any resources. These are people who wander through the world shouting, “Kill me. Kill me. " And there is always somebody ready to oblige them. We read about it in the newspapers every day. Such people of course do a great deal of harm to others also.
‘Luca Brasi was such a man. But he was such an extra-ordinary man that for a long time nobody could kill him. Most of these people are of no concern to ourselves but a Brasi is a powerful weapon to be used. The trick is that since he does not fear death and indeed looks for it, then the trick is to make yourself the only person in the world that he truly desires w/ to loll him. He has only that one fear, not of death, but that jou may be the one to kill him. He is yours then.'