The Question and Answer section for The Alchemist (Coelho) is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
He offers him magical stones and claims to be able to turn himself into different things. That's pretty comforting when you are in a bind!
Are you referring to section 2? Santiago buys a book and the old man wants to know what it is.
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