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14. Specific words themselves also carry deep meaning. The crystal merchant introduces Santiago to the Arabic

word maktub; this word loosely translates into "it is written," and is mentioned at important moments in the story.

The word carries the connotation that in every situation or action there is a hand of fate involved. Why do you think

the Crystal Merchant speaks this word when he and Santiago part ways on page 63?

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Certailnly there is a sense of divine fate involved. Check this out: