The daughter of a merchant to whom Santiago sold some sheep. She is the object of Santiago’s affections at the beginning of the novel, and he impresses her with his stories. Although Santiago anticipates his return to her, the merchant’s daughter is forgotten when he sets out on his quest to actualize his Personal Legend. On his quest Santiago meets and falls in love with Fatima.
The timeline below shows where the character The Merchant’s Daughter appears in The Alchemist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to the merchant, so the man asked him to wait. As Santiago waited, he read. The merchant’s daughter approached him and asked him about his reading. She wondered how he, a shepherd, learned... (full context)
...Santiago will return to the same village. He is excited and looks forward to seeing the merchant’s daughter . He reflects that shepherds, like other wandering men, will always eventually find a town... (full context)
...new every day. Santiago thinks that perhaps all people have this tendency. Since he met the merchant’s daughter , he has not thought of new women, but only repeatedly of her. Santiago does... (full context)
...pretending he’s busy reading. In fact, Santiago is imagining shearing his sheep in front of the merchant’s daughter . He is also trying to remember good stories to tell her. Most of his... (full context)
...mother, and the name of the seminary Santiago attended. Santiago also reads the name of the merchant’s daughter , which he hadn't even known before, among other things that no one would be... (full context)
...would rather see their daughter marry a baker then a shepherd. Santiago thinks sadly of the merchant’s daughter . Melchizedek explains that other people’s opinions of his profession eventually became more important to... (full context)