آخر تحديث - 15 أبريل 2021
Santiago`s vision of the two combatant falcons is extremely important. Falcons are raptors that usually prey on other smaller birds. It is rare for falcons to attack each other. Similarly, it is unusual for an army to enter the peaceful refuge of the oasis. But that`s exactly what`s going to happen. Readers may think that the important man to whom the alchemist refers is the Englishman, because he seeks the alchemist. The Englishman has been studying alchemy for years and has carried many books on the subject across the desert. But something about the uncertainty of the alchemist suggests that the obvious candidate – the Englishman with all his books – will not be the choice of the alchemist. Santiago approaches a pretty young woman by a well. His head is covered, but not his face. Instead of asking him where the alchemist lives, Santiago is beaten in silence.
“At that moment, it seemed to him that time stopped, and the soul of the world jumped into him. . . . he learned the most important part of the language that the whole world spoke—the language that everyone could understand in his heart. It was love. Santiago, launched by the Englishman, puts aside his feelings for the girl, whose name is Fatima, and asks her where the man who cures human diseases lives. Fatima`s pointing to the south. The Englishman then disappears to find the alchemist, and Fatima walks with her water. Santiago stays close to the well and thinks of her. He instinctively knows that his love for Fatima “will allow him to discover all the treasures of the world.” Santiago tells the chiefs and, after some reflection, they decide to prepare for war, even if it goes against the tradition of the oasis, which is normally considered a neutral ground. The leaders make a destiny: when the enemy comes, the leader, Santiago, will give a piece of gold to all 10 enemies killed. If Santiago`s vision is wrong, he`ll be killed.
Walking home from his meeting with The Santiago Chiefs is thoughtful, but he certainly made the right decision. Suddenly, he is attacked by a man with a falcon on his shoulder, all dressed in black, on a white horse. The man holds a sword on Santiago`s head and asks how he knew of the coming of the army. Santiago, frightened, explains to the man the signs of the desert and his personal legend and concludes that he had no choice. To Santiago`s surprise, the man fully understands and says goodbye and tells Santiago to visit him if he survives in the coming days. When the rider leaves, Santiago realizes that he has just met the alchemist.