The Alchemist (Coelho)

The Englishman and his books give santiago a seminar on alchemy. What does the reader learn about alchemy

What do we learn about alchemy

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The Englishman is all about reading books. He says that reading books is in fact the key to learning alchemy. He is not any closer to turning lead into gold after reading books but its the metaphor that counts here. Secrets are learned through books and perhaps gaining knowledge is worth more than turning lead into gold.