What does the woman ask for in exchange for interpreting Santiago’s dreams?
At the start of his journey, when Santiago asks a gypsy woman to interpret his dream about a treasure in the Egyptian pyramids, she asks for one tenth of the treasure in return.
What does the interpreter tell Santiago about the language of dreams?
Santiago tells her that he has dreamed of a boy who took him to the Egyptian pyramids to find a “hidden treasure.” She tells him that he does not need to pay her, but needs to give her part of the treasure when he finds it. She also tells him that his dream is complicated and he is not wise enough to understand it.
Where does Santiago go to have his dreams interpreted?
He travels with his sheep to a village called Tarifa, in the “region of Andalusia.” While there, he plans to get a new book, a shave and haircut, and some more wine.
Why is Santiago’s dream difficult?
The dream is therefore difficult to interpret because it is based around “the simple things in life.” Santiago’s dream is related so closely to his own Personal Legend and the simple desire to grow and develop as a human being, and this is what makes his dream a challenge to interpret.
What was Santiago’s dream about?
Santiago decides to go ahead and explain his dream. In his dream, Santiago is in a field with his sheep when a child starts to play with them. The child grabs Santiago’s hands, transports him to the pyramids in Egypt, and tells him that he will find a treasure near them.
What does the gypsy say about Santiago’s dream?
The gypsy woman only appears for a few paragraphs in the book, but she certainly makes it worth her while. All she does is interpret Santiago’s straightforward dream about buried treasure at the pyramids, telling him that he will find buried treasure at the pyramids.
What is the world’s greatest lie in the Alchemist?
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.
What is Santiago’s first good omen?
Melchizedek explains the butterfly is Santiago’s first omen and opens his cape to reveal a jeweled breastplate. Melchizedek gives Santiago two stones from the breastplate. He says the stones are called Urim and Thummim and they represent “yes” and “no.” They will help Santiago to read omens.
Why is Santiago suspicious of the Gypsy?
Santiago is suspicious of her because he has heard that Gypsies engage in criminal activities and are not to be trusted. His encounter with this particular Gypsy, however, forces him to overcome his prejudices and see past stereotypes.
What did Santiago’s parents want him to become?
Santiago’s parents want him to become a priest, so he attends the seminary until he is sixteen years old. While in the seminary, Santiago learns to read. While it is a great honor and accomplishment for a boy from a poor family to become a priest, Santiago soon realizes he is unhappy at the seminary.