The Alchemist

The novel’s protagonist, a young shepherd who sets out on a quest for treasure after an encounter with a wise man named Melchizedek. Santiago learns from Melchizedek that each person has the opportunity to pursue his or her Personal Legend, and Santiago follows his from Southern Spain to the Egyptian Pyramids and back. Along the way Santiago encounters a variety of characters who teach him about life and listening to his heart. By the end of the novel, Santiago is confident in himself and in the Soul of the World, which he believes looks out for him and connects all things.

Santiago Quotes in The Alchemist

The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by Santiago or refer to Santiago. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.
Part One Quotes

“You came so that you could learn about your dreams,” said the old woman.

“And dreams are the language of God. When he speaks in our language, I

can interpret what he has said. But if he speaks in the language of the soul,

it is only you who can understand.”

Related Characters: The Fortune-teller (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 15
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“It's a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say,” continued the old man. “It describes people’s inability to choose their own destinies. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world's greatest lie.” “What's the world's greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised. “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), Melchizedek (the Old Man) (speaker)
Page Number: 20
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“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.”

Related Characters: Melchizedek (the Old Man) (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 24
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“To realize one’s destiny is a person's only real obligation.”

Related Characters: Melchizedek (the Old Man) (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 24
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Here I am, between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker)
Related Symbols: Santiago’s sheep
Page Number: 30
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“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.”

Related Characters: Melchizedek (the Old Man) (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 31
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He didn’t consider mending the hole—the stones could fall through any time they wanted. He had learned that there were certain things one shouldn't ask about, so as not to flee from one's own destiny. “I promised that I would make my own decisions,” he said to himself.

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker)
Related Symbols: Urim and Thummim
Page Number: 44
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Once again he saw that, in that strange land, he was applying the same lessons he had learned with his sheep. “All things are one,” the old man had said.

Related Characters: Melchizedek (the Old Man) (speaker), Santiago
Related Symbols: Santiago’s sheep
Page Number: 47
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Part Two Quotes

“Well, why don’t you go to Mecca now?” asked the boy. “Because it’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive. That’s what helps me face these days that are all the same, these mute crystals on the shelves, and lunch and dinner at that same horrible café. I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), The Crystal Merchant (speaker)
Page Number: 57
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“You have been a real blessing to me. Today, I understand something I didn’t see before: every blessing ignored becomes a curse. I don’t want anything else in life. But you are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons I have never known. Now that I have seen them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, I’m going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don’t want to do so.”

Related Characters: The Crystal Merchant (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 60
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“Hunches,” his mother used to call them. The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there. “Maktub,” the boy said, remembering the crystal merchant.

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), The Crystal Merchant
Page Number: 76
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“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

Related Characters: The Camel Driver (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 79
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“The alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world. They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves.”

Related Characters: The Englishman (speaker), Santiago
Related Symbols: Alchemy
Page Number: 83
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“I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things. I learned that many alchemists realized their destinies, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher's Stone, and the Elixir of Life. But, above all, I learned that these things are all so simple that they could be written on the surface of an emerald.”

Related Characters: The Englishman (speaker), Santiago
Related Symbols: Alchemy, The Emerald Tablet
Page Number: 85-86
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At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke—the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen—the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert.

Related Characters: Santiago, Fatima
Page Number: 95-96
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“And I am a part of your dream, a part of your destiny, as you call it. That’s why I want you to continue toward your goal. If you have to wait until the war is over, then wait. But if you have to go before then, go on in pursuit of your dream. The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes. That’s the way it will be with our love for each other…Maktub,” she said. “If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day.”

Related Characters: Fatima (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 100
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The camel driver understood what the boy was saying. He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds… whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occurring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World.

Related Characters: Santiago, The Camel Driver
Page Number: 104-105
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“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love… the love that speaks the Language of the World.”

Related Characters: The Alchemist (speaker), Santiago
Page Number: 12412
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“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.” The man was speaking the language of alchemy. But the boy knew that he was referring to Fatima.

Related Characters: The Alchemist (speaker), Santiago, Fatima
Related Symbols: Alchemy
Page Number: 127
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“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.”

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one

night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), The Alchemist (speaker), Santiago’s Heart (speaker)
Page Number: 134
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But that the hand had a reason for all of this, and that only the hand could perform miracles, or transform the sea into a desert…or a man into the wind. Because only the hand understood that it was a larger design that had moved the universe to the point at which six days of creation had evolved into a Master Work. The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.

Related Characters: Santiago
Page Number: 157
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“You’re not going to die. You’ll live, and you’ll learn that a man shouldn’t be so stupid. Two years ago, right here on this spot, I had a recurrent dream, too. I dreamed that I should travel to the fields of Spain and look for a ruined church where shepherds and their sheep slept. In my dream, there was a sycamore growing out of the ruins of the sacristy, and I was told that, if I dug at the roots of the sycamore, I would find a hidden treasure. But I’m not so stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurrent dream.”

Related Characters: The Leader of the Refugees (speaker), Santiago
Related Symbols: The Abandoned Church
Page Number: 167-168
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Epilogue Quotes

He thought of the many roads he had traveled, and of the strange way God had chosen to show him his treasure. If he hadn’t believed in the significance of recurrent dreams, he would not have met the Gypsy woman, the king, the thief, or…“Well, it’s a long list. But the path was written in the omens, and there was no way I could go wrong,” he said to himself.

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), Melchizedek (the Old Man), The Fortune-teller, The Thief (the Young Man)
Page Number: 169
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The wind began to blow again. It was the levanter, the wind that came from Africa. It didn’t bring with it the smell of the desert, nor the threat of Moorish invasion. Instead, it brought the scent of a perfume he knew well, and the touch of a kiss—a kiss that came from far away, slowly, slowly, until it rested on his lips. The boy smiled. It was the first time she had done that. “I’m coming, Fatima,” he said.

Related Characters: Santiago (speaker), Fatima
Page Number: 171
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Santiago Character Timeline in The Alchemist

The timeline below shows where the character Santiago appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part One
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Santiago is a young shepherd boy in the Andalusian region of Spain. At dusk one day,... (full context)
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Santiago awakes early the next morning before dawn. He has had a dream—one he has had... (full context)
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Santiago wakes up the last of his sheep—he knows them each by name. Sometimes he reads... (full context)
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Santiago remembers the events of the year before. The shop was busy when he went to... (full context)
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Now, approximately one year later, Santiago will return to the same village. He is excited and looks forward to seeing the... (full context)
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Santiago reflects on the contentment of his sheep as he travels, thinking that they, unlike him,... (full context)
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Santiago is grateful for his jacket, which keeps him warm, although at the height of day... (full context)
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Santiago's father told Santiago that people from all over the world pass through their village. And... (full context)
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Santiago's father presents the obstacle of money. He says that among their people, the only ones... (full context)
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As Santiago travels, he thinks back on the conversation he had with Santiago’s father, and it makes... (full context)
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Santiago reflects that his sheep don't recognize these possibilities. Because the sheep focus only on food... (full context)
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Santiago arrives in Tarifa and meets the fortune-teller, who leads him from her living room to... (full context)
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The fortune-teller says that she knows that Santiago came to learn about his dream. She adds that dreams are the language of God,... (full context)
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...is silent for a while. Then she says that she is not going to charge Santiago anything for her consultation, but that if he finds the treasure, she wants one-tenth of... (full context)
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Santiago is annoyed. He feels that he didn't need the interpretation to realize this about his... (full context)
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Santiago leaves disappointed. But he remembers that he has several practical things to do, so he... (full context)
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Santiago starts to read from the book he bought. As he reads, an old man sits... (full context)
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Meanwhile, the old man asks if he might have a sip of Santiago's wine. The old man then asks about the book Santiago is reading. Santiago feels he... (full context)
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Santiago says that this has never happened to him. He did not want to be a... (full context)
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The old man introduces himself as Melchizedek, and he asks Santiago how many sheep he has. The boy says that he has enough sheep. Melchizedek says... (full context)
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...to write in the sand. As he moves, something bright is revealed underneath his cloak. Santiago is momentarily blinded by its shine before Melchizedek quickly covers it again. Melchizedek writes in... (full context)
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Santiago realizes that Melchizedek is indeed a king, and he wonders why a king would talk... (full context)
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...soul of the universe. Having a true desire is the same as having a mission. Santiago questions whether this is true, if all one wants to do is travel or marry... (full context)
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Melchizedek asks Santiago why he tends a flock of sheep. Santiago answers that it is because he likes... (full context)
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Santiago says the man should also have decided to become a shepherd. Melchizedek explains that the... (full context)
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Santiago asks Melchizedek why he is telling him all this. Melchizedek says that Santiago was trying... (full context)
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...Personal Legend is, but maybe that's also why they also give up on it early. Santiago reminds the old man that he had mentioned his treasure. Melchizedek says that if Santiago... (full context)
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Santiago tries to read, but he is no longer able to focus on his book. He... (full context)
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Santiago remembers his flock, and decides he should go back to being a shepherd. On his... (full context)
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Santiago also considers the merchant’s daughter, but reflects that she does not depend on him like... (full context)
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The next day, Santiago meets Melchizedek at noon, and brings him six sheep. He tells Melchizedek that he has... (full context)
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Santiago asks Melchizedek where the treasure is. Melchizedek says it is in Egypt near the pyramids,... (full context)
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Melchizedek offers Santiago a white stone and a black stone from the breastplate. He tells him that the... (full context)
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Melchizedek also leaves Santiago with a story. In the story, a shopkeeper sends his son to learn the secret... (full context)
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...the marvels of the world, but to also never forget the oil in the spoon. Santiago says nothing in response to the story, as he understands its message: even though he... (full context)
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...new owner. He watches a ship leaving the port and knows he will never see Santiago again. He hopes that Santiago will be successful in his quest, even though he knows... (full context)
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Santiago arrives in Morocco, Africa, and he goes to a bar in Tangier. He sees men... (full context)
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A young man approaches Santiago and speaks in Spanish. Santiago tells him that he needs to get to the Egyptian... (full context)
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Santiago and his new friend walk together through the busy streets of Tangier. Santiago never takes... (full context)
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Santiago is feeling sorry for himself as the sun sets, reflecting that between sunrise and sunset... (full context)
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Santiago reflects that with his sheep at least he was happy, but now he feels bitter... (full context)
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Santiago decides to try an experiment with the stones. He asks if the old man's blessing... (full context)
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Santiago is suddenly shaken awake. He had fallen asleep in the middle of the marketplace, and... (full context)
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The candy seller offers Santiago a sweet in exchange for his help. Santiago reflects that he and the candy seller... (full context)
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Santiago comes into the crystal merchant’s shop, seeing a sign that says several languages are spoken... (full context)
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As they eat, the crystal merchant tells Santiago that he didn't have to do any cleaning, because the Koran requires him to feed... (full context)
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The crystal merchant laughs and says that even if Santiago cleaned his crystal for the entire year, and earned a good commission on every piece,... (full context)
Part Two
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Santiago has now been working for the crystal merchant for almost a month. It is not... (full context)
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The crystal merchant tells Santiago that business has improved, and soon Santiago will be able to return to his sheep.... (full context)
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Two days later, the crystal merchant speaks to Santiago about the display. He says that he does not like change. He asks Santiago why... (full context)
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Santiago asks what the fifth obligation is. The crystal merchant says that the fifth obligation is... (full context)
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Santiago wonders why the crystal merchant does not go to Mecca now. The crystal merchant explains... (full context)
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Two more months pass and the display brings many people into the crystal shop. Santiago estimates that if he works for six more months he can return to Spain and... (full context)
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One day, Santiago overhears a man in the street complaining that it is impossible to find a decent... (full context)
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The crystal merchant tells Santiago that he's had the shop for so long that he knows what will happen if... (full context)
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...hires two other employees to keep up with growing demand. The months pass. One day Santiago awakes before dawn. It has been more than eleven months since he came to Africa.... (full context)
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When the crystal merchant wakes up and comes into the shop, Santiago tells him that he is leaving that day. They both have enough money to fulfill... (full context)
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Santiago goes to his room and packs his belongings, and as he's leaving he find his... (full context)
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Santiago remembers that Melchizedek told him that when you want something, the universe conspires to help... (full context)
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Santiago tells himself that he is going to return to the fields he knows and to... (full context)
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Santiago decides to pursue his treasure, and suddenly feels tremendously happy. He reminds himself that he... (full context)
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Santiago is trying to read the burial scene at the beginning of his book. He realizes... (full context)
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Santiago puts away his book and takes out Urim and Thummim. The Englishman recognizes the stones,... (full context)
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Santiago says that the Englishman must not believe a king would talk to someone like him,... (full context)
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The Englishman tells Santiago that there is a universal language already understood by everybody. He says he is in... (full context)
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The warehouse boss arrives, interrupting Santiago and the Englishman’s conversation. He tells them that there's a caravan leaving today for Al-Fayoum.... (full context)
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Santiago swears to Jesus, but the Englishman says nothing. Santiago and the Englishman have both bought... (full context)
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One night Santiago talks to a camel driver, who tells him that, despite how many times he has... (full context)
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Santiago also thinks about the merchant’s daughter, and feels certain that she has married someone else.... (full context)
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...direction. The Englishman is unaware of this, because he is focused on reading his books. Santiago also has his book, but he finds it more interesting to observe the caravan in... (full context)
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...when there is discussion of the tribal wars, even though no one comments on it. Santiago realizes that this awareness of shared fear is another aspect of the universal language without... (full context)
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...there's no going back, and so they must move forward through danger. “Maktub,” he says. Santiago tells the Englishman that he should pay more attention to the caravan. In turn, the... (full context)
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...are passed in silence. One night the Englishman is unable to sleep, and he and Santiago go for a walk. Santiago tells the Englishman about his life, and the Englishman is... (full context)
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Santiago says that he has observed the caravan carefully, and that the caravan and the desert... (full context)
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The Englishman's books teach many strange ideas. In one book, Santiago learns that the most important item in alchemy is the Emerald Tablet. Santiago wonders why,... (full context)
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Santiago asks the Englishman if observing the world is sufficient for learning to understand the universal... (full context)
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Santiago realizes that the crystal merchant had a similar understanding of his work, because he said... (full context)
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Santiago asks the Englishman why the alchemists of the past have made the processes of alchemy... (full context)
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Santiago returns the alchemy books to the Englishman. The Englishman asks him what he has earned.... (full context)
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...of the complexity and years of research involved in alchemy have made an impression on Santiago. He tells Santiago to go back to watching the caravan, saying that that activity did... (full context)
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...faster pace. Only the camel driver seems unconcerned by the threat of war. He tells Santiago that he focuses on the activity that he is doing in the moment, and on... (full context)
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Santiago awakes with the sunrise and can see the date palms of the oasis. The Englishman... (full context)
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Santiago is surprised to see that the oasis is larger than many towns in Spain. The... (full context)
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...because in the neutral zone of the oases no one is allowed to carry weapons. Santiago is surprised to see that the Englishman has a revolver. He says that carrying a... (full context)
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Santiago realizes that the closer he gets to his treasure, the more difficult pursuing it has... (full context)
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The Englishman frets that they've wasted an entire day in their search, and Santiago says that they need to ask for help. They sit down near the wells and... (full context)
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...woman appears at the well, and is not dressed in black like the married woman. Santiago approaches her to ask about the alchemist, and suddenly he feels the life of the... (full context)
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Santiago asks the girl her name, and she says it is Fatima. The Englishman prods Santiago... (full context)
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The next day Santiago returns to the well, hoping to see Fatima. She is not there, but the Englishman... (full context)
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The Englishman leaves, and Fatima arrives at the well. Santiago tells her that he loves her and wishes to marry her. He tells her that... (full context)
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Santiago goes to the well every day to meet Fatima. He tells her about his life... (full context)
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Fatima realizes that she has been waiting for Santiago at the oasis for a long time. Ever since she was a child, she dreamed... (full context)
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Santiago is sad after he says farewell to Fatima that day. He thinks of the difficulty... (full context)
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Santiago goes in search of the Englishman, to tell him about Fatima. He finds that the... (full context)
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Santiago feels the urge to walk out into the desert. He listens to the wind and... (full context)
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Santiago returns to the oasis and finds the camel driver. Santiago tells him that he knows... (full context)
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...with the intention that it be altered. Therefore, the vision must have been revealed to Santiago intentionally, so that the future can be altered. (full context)
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The camel driver tells Santiago to go and speak to the tribal chieftains and tell them what he has seen.... (full context)
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Santiago goes to see the chieftains. He approaches the guard at the entrance to the huge... (full context)
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Santiago can immediately see which one of the chieftains is the most important: old man dressed... (full context)
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The chieftains speak amongst themselves in an Arabic dialect that Santiago does not know. Finally, the elder chief smiles and Santiago is reassured. The discussion ends,... (full context)
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...Therefore, if, at the end of the day, the weapons have not been used, then Santiago will lose his life. (full context)
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Santiago leaves the tent to find the oasis illuminated by the light of a full moon.... (full context)
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Suddenly there is a wind and a thundering sound, and Santiago is knocked to the ground. As the dust settles, Santiago sees a horse and a... (full context)
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Again the stranger questions Santiago about why he read the flight of the hawks. Santiago says that he was only... (full context)
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The stranger seems pleased, and asks Santiago what he is doing in the oasis. Santiago says that he is following his Personal... (full context)
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...important. He orders the commander hanged from a palm tree, and then he calls for Santiago. He gives Santiago fifty pieces of gold, and asks him to be one of his... (full context)
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That evening Santiago heads south through the oasis. He discovers a solitary tent and is told that it... (full context)
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Santiago asks the alchemist why he wanted to see him. Because of omens, the alchemist replies.... (full context)
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Santiago reminds him of the tribal war, and insists that he has already found his treasure,... (full context)
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...they eat, the two sit outside the tent under the brilliant moon. The alchemist tells Santiago to rest well and enjoy himself. He says that Santiago has to find his treasure... (full context)
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The next night, Santiago arrives at the alchemist’s tent with a horse. The alchemist challenges Santiago to show him... (full context)
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...and then reaches into a hole. He withdraws with a snake clasped in his hand. Santiago leaps back, because it is a cobra with poisonous venom. As he begins to warn... (full context)
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...was an omen that he needed, and he announces that he is going to guide Santiago across the desert. Santiago says that he wants to stay at the oasis because he... (full context)
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In this future, Santiago will be a wealthy counselor to the oasis chieftains. He'll be married to Fatima and... (full context)
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The alchemist tells Santiago that love never prevents a man from actualizing his Personal Legend. If he gives up... (full context)
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Santiago does not sleep that night. Two hours before dawn he goes in search of Fatima.... (full context)
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Santiago promises that he'll be back. Fatima says that she used to look to the desert... (full context)
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The alchemist encourages Santiago to not think about what he has left behind, because The Soul of the World... (full context)
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...on his shoulder. The bird hunts for game for the two to eat. At night, Santiago and the alchemist try to stay hidden. They travel in silence, except for their strategic... (full context)
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Santiago asks why the alchemist is called "the alchemist,” And the alchemist answers simply that “an... (full context)
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...men rejected simple things, they wrote many other works of literature about the Master Work. Santiago wants to know what was written on the emerald tablet, and the alchemist draws an... (full context)
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The alchemist contradicts Santiago, however, saying that it is not code, but actually information that cannot be understood by... (full context)
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The alchemist and Santiago travel for another two days in silence. The alchemist is cautious, because they're passing through... (full context)
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Santiago’s heart is agitated and emotional, and keeps him awake at night thinking about Fatima. The... (full context)
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Santiago listens to his heart and comes to understand its changes and contradictions, and he is... (full context)
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Santiago’s heart becomes restful and quiet, and it begins to tell him things from the Soul... (full context)
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Santiago tells all of this to the alchemist. The alchemist says Santiago must just continue in... (full context)
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The next day, three armed tribesmen approach Santiago and the alchemist, and ask what they are doing. The alchemist explains that he's hunting.... (full context)
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Santiago is amazed and shocked at the alchemist’s brazen honesty, but the alchemist explains that when... (full context)
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Santiago’s heart points out something that Santiago has never noticed—at various points in his life he... (full context)
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One afternoon Santiago and the alchemist pass an encampment with armed men. Santiago feels that there's no danger,... (full context)
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One day the alchemist announces that they're only two days from the pyramids. Santiago again asks about the alchemist teaching him alchemy. The alchemist replies that Santiago already knows... (full context)
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...up a shell from the sand and explains that this desert was once a sea. Santiago says he has noticed this as well. The alchemist tells Santiago to hold the shell... (full context)
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The sun is setting that night when Santiago’s heart warns of danger. Two horsemen are waiting for them, and before they can do... (full context)
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The tribesmen take Santiago and the alchemist to their nearby camp. There they meet the enemy chieftain, who believes... (full context)
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...use the wind to destroy this very camp. The chieftain says he wants to see Santiago do this. The alchemist explains that Santiago needs three days, and after that time, Santiago... (full context)
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Santiago is afraid, but the alchemist tells him to not let the tribesmen see his fear.... (full context)
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...There's a serious battle nearby, and wounded and dead soldiers are returned to the camp. Santiago sees a soldier speaking to the body of one of his friends. The soldier says... (full context)
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During the second day, Santiago climbs to the top of the cliff next to the enemy camp. The soldiers let... (full context)
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...counselors. He says that they should go see the boy turn himself into the wind. Santiago leads them all to the cliff where he had spent the previous day. He tells... (full context)
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Santiago explains love as the falcons’ flight over the desert sands. The falcon knows the desert... (full context)
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Santiago asks the wind for its help. The wind wants to know who taught Santiago to... (full context)
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Santiago asks that he learned to become wind for just a few moments, so that the... (full context)
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...desert storm. Two of the tribesmen tell the enemy chieftain that they had better stop Santiago's project to be safe, but the enemy chieftain insists that he wants to see the... (full context)
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Santiago next speaks to the sun, saying that he has learned from the wind that the... (full context)
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Santiago says that alchemy exists so that everyone will strive for improvement, just as gold exists... (full context)
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...blows harder than ever, and tents are ripped from the ground in the tribal camp. Santiago turns to the hand that wrote all, and he feels the universe fall silent. Santiago... (full context)
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...military camp. When the wind stops, everyone looks at the place on the cliff where Santiago had been standing. But he is now on the other side of the camp. The... (full context)
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...escorts that they can head back to their camp, and that from this point onward Santiago needs to travel alone for the last three hours toward the pyramids. Santiago thanks the... (full context)
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...he knows that God's will is what happens in the world. The alchemist then shows Santiago and the monk the lead, which has now been transformed into gold. Santiago wants to... (full context)
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The alchemist gives a quarter of the gold to Santiago, to repay him for the amount that the alchemist gave to the enemy chieftain. The... (full context)
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Before Santiago and the alchemist bid each other farewell, the alchemist tells Santiago a story about dreams.... (full context)
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...earth plays an important role, even if he doesn't know it. Then the alchemist and Santiago bid each other farewell. (full context)
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Santiago rides alone through the desert, listening to his heart. The alchemist had told him “where... (full context)
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Santiago falls to his knees and cries, thanking God for making him follow his Personal Legend... (full context)
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In the sand Santiago sees a scarab beetle, and remembers that these beetles are a symbol of God. Because... (full context)
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Suddenly several people approach Santiago and demand to know what he is doing. The people explain that they are refugees... (full context)
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Finally Santiago yells that he is digging for treasure, and he tells his attackers that he had... (full context)
Epilogue
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Night is falling as Santiago reaches the abandoned church. The tree is still growing up through the broken roof, and... (full context)
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Santiago falls asleep and wakes up when the sun is high. He then shouts at the... (full context)
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Santiago takes Urim and Thummim out of his bag and adds them to the chest. They... (full context)
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...with it a familiar scent of perfume, as well as a kiss from far away. Santiago smiles and says, "I'm coming, Fatima." (full context)