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The Alchemist Timeline
⟶ Updated 14 Dec 2017 ⟶
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Santiago is a shepherd from Andalusia, Spain who decides to spend the night at an abandoned church. He is traveling to Tarifa where he plans to sell wool from his sheep to a merchant and meet the girl he likes
A flashback occurs back to the time when Santiago confronts his father and explains that his wish was to travel rather than become a priest. Though initially hesitant, Santiago's father supports the decision and provides him with coins to purchase his flock.
In Tarifa, Santiago meets and old gypsy woman said to interpret dreams. He tells her of his dream where he journeys to the pyramids of Egypt and finds a hidden treasure. The old woman tells him to do just that and asks for one tenth of the treasure as payment.
He encounters an old man by the name of Melchizedek, the king of Salem,. He introduces him to the idea of omens and personal legends, how one's destiny is never fixed. He convinces Santiago to search for the treasure, providing him with omen stones and advice.
Santiago arrives at the port Tangier in Africa. He befriends a boy at a bar who warns him of the presence of thieves at the port. As they both go to the market district, Santiago becomes distracted and the other makes off with all his earnings leaving Santiago in a seemingly hopeless state.
Nearly a years worth of time spent working at the crystal shop and he helps the business grow. The merchant tells him of his personal legend, to go to Mecca. Unlike Santiago, the merchant has no plans to fulfill his legend. Having earned enough money now from the successful shop to resume his quest, Santiago eventually decides to go to Egypt thinking there is nothing to lose.
As he crosses the Sahara Desert to Al Fayoum he meets an Englishman searching for the Alchemist in order to learn the secrets on alchemy.
Upon reaching the oasis, Al Fayoum, the Englishman goes to pursue his personal legend while Santiago tries to think of what to do next. Here he meets and truly falls in love with a girl Fatima and promises to come back to marry her once he has found the treasure. One night, he interprets a sign the the oasis will be attacked and goes to inform the chieftains. And if he was lying, he would be executed.
After leaving the tent, he meets the alchemist. He tells him to find him again if he is not killed the next day.
The two begin their journey across the desert on horses. Along the way Santiago through the help of the alchemist, gets closer with his heart and comes fully understand it.
Nearby tribesmen capture the two and bring them to their military camp. The alchemist asks for their freedom as long as Santiago can demonstrate the ability to turn into the wind. Three days later on the top of a cliff Santiago speaks through his heart and obtains the help from the desert, wind, and sun and soul of god to make wind blow and successfully become the wind.
The Alchemist and Santiago part ways at the Coptic church. Before doing so, he repays Santiago with a piece of gold showing that it is indeed possible to fulfills ones legend. Santiago alone successfully makes it to the pyramids but the treasure is nowhere to be found.
The gold is where he began in part one at the church.
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