Narcissus appears in the brief prologue to the novel, in the context of a story read by the alchemist. As in his original Ancient Greek legend, Narcissus is so in love with his own beautiful reflection that he gazes at it in a lake until he falls into the water and drowns.
Narcissus Quotes in The Alchemist
The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by Narcissus or refer to Narcissus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.).
“I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.” “What a lovely story,” the alchemist thought.
Narcissus Character Timeline in The Alchemist
The timeline below shows where the character Narcissus appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.