The Alchemist


Paulo Coelho

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The Leader of the Refugees Character Analysis

When Santiago is digging for his treasure near the pyramids, he is approached by a group of refugees from the tribal wars. The men beat him and steal the portion of gold he is carrying. The leader of the refugees tells Santiago that he will not find treasure in that place. Two years earlier the leader of the refugees slept on that same spot, and had a dream about an abandoned church in Spain where there was buried treasure. From this, Santiago realizes the truth of where his treasure is buried.

The Leader of the Refugees Quotes in The Alchemist

The The Alchemist quotes below are all either spoken by The Leader of the Refugees or refer to The Leader of the Refugees. 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:
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper One edition of The Alchemist published in 2014.
Part Two Quotes

“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
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Leader of the Refugees Character Timeline in The Alchemist

The timeline below shows where the character The Leader of the Refugees appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Two
The Pursuit of Your Personal Legend Theme Icon
Maktub and What is Meant to Be Theme Icon
The Interconnectedness of All Things Theme Icon
Alchemy and the Value of Simplicity Theme Icon
The Unimportance of Death and Fear Theme Icon
...and he tells his attackers that he had dreamed of finding treasure at this place. The leader of the refugees tells the others to leave Santiago. As the others depart, the leader explains that Santiago... (full context)