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Santiago is considers stopping his personal journey to marry Fatima. The Alchemist tells the boy that if he ends his journey, he will never realize his destiny plus he will forever be plagued by bad dreams and omens.
Adding on the Aslan, the Alchemist pressured Santiago to realize his capability of turning into the wind with the help of the bandits on their journey to the pyramids; this spared their lives. And lastly, throughout the time Santiago was in the company of the Alchemist, he taught the boy various lessons and made him realize many things.