The Question and Answer section for The Alchemist (Coelho) is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
1) The old sorcerer is the alchemist.
While he digs, Santiago calls out to the alchemist, "You old sorcerer. You knew the whole story. You even left a bit of gold at the monastery so I could get back to this church."
Please ask your questions...
Santiago is dumbstruck..... he can't move. It's love at first sight.