The Journey Continues
In the previous chapter, we left Santiago at the crystal merchant’s shop, penniless but imbued with a new sense of purpose that only a shocking event, such as being robbed, can bring about.
Although initially taken on for a brief span of time, Santiago's innovative ideas considerably boost the merchant's business, extending his stay. With Santiago's input, the merchant's stall, previously overlooked in the bustling marketplace, quickly becomes a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. A few notable improvements include installing an exhibit at the foot of the hill and serving tea in crystal glassware to exhausted travellers.
A profound bond materialises between Santiago and the glass dealer. The merchant, in many ways, acts as Santiago's mentor, imparting valuable life lessons and wisdom. However, the merchant himself is imbued with a sense of regret, having never pursued his own personal calling, which was to visit Mecca. He becomes a figure of caution to Santiago, a poignant reminder of the consequences of neglecting one's Personal Legend. As for the dealer, it is too late for him to follow his calling, for now, he has settled into a routine, and doesn’t wish to abandon the comforts of his life to pursue his personal legend.
During this period, Santiago also sporadically reflects on his abandoned life as a shepherd. Despite missing his flock, he understands the necessary sacrifice he made to pursue his ambitions. His time with the crystal merchant is a preparatory step in Santiago's journey toward spiritual and personal self-discovery, opening up deeper realms of understanding within him.
Finally, he accumulates enough wealth from his time spent working and decides to continue his journey to the pyramids. After a series of contemplations, he opts to join an Englishman on a caravan through the Saharan desert. Venturing into an unknown world, Santiago carries the lessons he has learned from the crystal merchant, about ambition, the courage of following one's Personal Legend, and most importantly, about life. Thus, with hope in his heart and a formidable spirit, Santiago embarks on the next significant leg of his quest.
Learning from the Englishman
As Santiago sets out ....