The Alchemist (Coelho)

What does the introduction prepare the reader for when the boy (santiago) and the girl are talking?

in part one and the introduction.

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This section also introduces the Moors, who will recur throughout the novel. The merchant girl, of whom Santiago dreams, is remarkable for her "moorish" features. This foreshadows both Santiago's love for Fatima and the journey he will undertake to Africa, from whence the Moors came.