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Novel's vocabulary from Part 1, assignment 2

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levanterstrong easterly wind in the Mediterranean
omensphenomena supposed to portend good or evil; prophetic signs
objectivenot influenced by personal feelings; based on facts; unbiased
abashedashamed or embarrassed; disconcerted
infidelsunbelievers with respect to a particular religion
trajectorypath of a projectile or other moving body through space
lamentingexpressing sorrow or regret
perceivedbecame aware of directly through any of the senses
commissionpercentage of a sales price allowed to sales representatives for their services

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  • Andalusia a region in southern Spain on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; formerly a center of Moorish civilization He knew all the fields and pastures of Andalusia .
  • Andalusian in or relating to Andalusia During the two hours that they talked, she told him she was the merchant’s daughter, and spoke of life in the village, where each day was like all the others, The shepherd told her of the Andalusian countryside, and related the news from the other towns where he had stopped.
  • Englishman a man who is a native or inhabitant of England “Everything in life is an omen,” said the Englishman , now closing the journal he was reading.
  • Fatima youngest daughter of the prophet Mohammed and wife of the fourth calif Ali; revered especially by Shiite Muslims (606-632) “The day after we met,” Fatima said, “you told me that you loved me.
  • Gypsy a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa, and North America) Then he remembered that he had to get to Tarifa so he could give one-tenth of his treasure to the Gypsy woman, as he had promised.
  • Levant the former name for the geographical area of the eastern Mediterranean that is now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel The wind began to pick up, He knew that wind: people called it the levanter, because on it the Moors had come from the Levant at the eastern end of the Mediterranean.
  • Mecca joint capital of Saudi Arabia We are obliged, at least once in our lives, to visit the holy city of Mecca .
  • Moor one of the Muslim people of north Africa The wind began to pick up, He knew that wind: people called it the levanter, because on it the Moors had come from the Levant at the eastern end of the Mediterranean.
  • Narcissus (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus .
  • Pyramid large monument with a square base and four triangular sides “And this is my interpretation: you must go to the Pyramids in Egypt.
  • Pyramids of Egypt large monument with a square base and four triangular sides And, although his mouth was bleeding and swollen, he told his attackers that he had twice dreamed of a treasure hidden near the Pyramids of Egypt .
  • Santiago the capital and largest city of Chile It is the story of Santiago , a shepard in Spain.
  • Tangier a city of northern Morocco at the west end of the Strait of Gibraltar One of them, a cobbler who made his living mending boots, said that he had traveled for almost a year through the desert, but that he got more tired when he had to walk through the streets of Tangier buying his leather.”
  • Tiberius son-in-law of Augustus who became a suspicious tyrannical Emperor of Rome after a brilliant military career (42 BC to AD 37) “In ancient Rome, at the time of Emperor Tiberius , there lived a good man who had two sons.
  • Urim and Thummim lots thrown to determine God's answers to yes-no questions “They are called Urim and Thummim .
  • abrade rub hard or scrub His hands were abraded and exhausted, but he listened to his heart.
  • accustom familiarize psychologically or physically He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.
  • achieve gain with effort “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it...”
  • adventurer someone who travels into little known regions And, learn as he did, “I’m an adventurer , looking for treasure.”
  • agitate move or cause to move back and forth “But my heart is agitated ,” the boy said.
  • alchemist one who tried to change ordinary metals into gold I’d like to add one more, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
  • alchemy a pseudoscientific forerunner of chemistry in medieval times “In alchemy , it’s called the Soul of the World.
  • angel spiritual being attendant upon God An angel appeared to him, and told him that the words of one of his sons would be learned and repeated throughout the world for all generations to come.
  • as we say in a manner of speaking It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ’dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
  • ask make a request or demand for something to somebody “Why do you weep?” the goddesses asked .
  • attach to be part of He saw that omens were scattered throughout the earth and in space, and that there was no reason or significance attached to their appearance; he could see that not the deserts, nor the winds, nor the sun, nor people knew why they had been created.
  • attacker someone who attacks And, although his mouth was bleeding and swollen, he told his attackers that he had twice dreamed of a treasure hidden near the Pyramids of Egypt.
  • await look forward to the probable occurrence of The adventure awaits !
  • baker someone who prepares bread or cake The old man pointed to a baker standing in his shop window at one corner of the plaza.
  • bakery a workplace where breads and cakes and pastries are produced But he decided first to buy his bakery and put some money aside.
  • be born come into existence through birth At the spot where he fell, a flower was born , which was called the narcissus.
  • become come into existence His parents had wanted him to become a priest...One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn’t want to become a priest.
  • beetle insect having biting mouthparts The boy looked at the sands around him, and saw that, where his tears had fallen, a scarab beetle was scuttling through the sand.
  • begin set in motion, cause to start “I dreamed that I was in a field with my sheep, when a child appeared and began to play with the animals.
  • beginner someone new to a field or activity Beginner’s luck.”
  • bleed lose blood from one's body He was bruised and bleeding , his clothing was torn to shreds, and he felt that death was near.
  • blot out make imperceptible by concealing or obscuring “Fill this place with a sandstorm so strong that it blots out the sun.
  • blow be in motion due to some air or water current “Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly.
  • boy a youthful male person The boy’s name was Santiago.
  • breastplate armor plate that protects the chest “Take these,” said the old man, holding out a white stone and a black stone that had been embedded at the center of the breastplate .
  • bump into collide violently with an obstacle “People will pass by and bump into it, and pieces will be broken.”
  • by word of mouth orally I don’t know why these things have to be transmitted by word of mouth , he thought.
  • cafe a small restaurant where drinks and snacks are sold He sat there, staring blankly through the door of the cafe , wishing that he had died, and that everything would end forever at that moment.
  • camel cud-chewing mammal used as a saddle animal in desert regions Now come with Santiago and me as we stroll the fields of Spain, and ride on camel and horseback through the sands of the great African desert.
  • can airtight sealed metal container for food or drink, etc. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.”
  • candy a rich sweet made of flavored sugar often with fruit or nuts The candy seller had a smile on his face: he was happy, aware of what his life was about, and ready to begin a day’s work.
  • caravan a procession traveling together in single file The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought.
  • centurion leader of soldiers in ancient Rome “‘Your son went to serve at a distant place, and became a centurion .
  • chieftain the head of a tribe or clan “Go and speak to the tribal chieftains ,” said the camel driver.
  • collaborate work together on a common enterprise or project But in the crystal shop you probably realized that even the glasses were collaborating in your success.”
  • complicate make less simple Why do they make things so complicated ?
  • conquistador a 16th-century Spanish conqueror of Peru and Mexico The spoils of a conquest that the country had long ago forgotten, and that some conquistador had failed to tell his children about.
  • conspire act in agreement and in secret towards a deceitful purpose “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it...”
  • contemplate think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty.
  • continue keep or maintain in unaltered condition “The child went on playing with my sheep for quite a while,” continued the boy, a bit upset.
  • counselor someone who gives advice about problems You’ll be the counselor of the oasis.
  • create bring into existence God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.”
  • creation the act of starting something for the first time “I learned the science from my grandfather, who learned from his father, and so on, back to the creation of the world.
  • crystal a solid having a highly regular atomic structure “All things are one,” the old man had said. ...the crystal merchant had no choice.
  • date palm tall tropical feather palm tree native to Syria bearing sweet edible fruit Although the vision of the date palms would someday be just a memory, right now it signified shade, water, and a refuge from the war.
  • day return a return ticket for traveling both ways in the same day And then the other women are happy because they believe that their men may one day return , as well I used to look at those women and envy them their happiness.
  • decide reach, make, or come to a conclusion about something He decided to spend the night there, He saw to it that all the sheep entered through the ruined gate, and then laid some planks across it to prevent the flock from wandering away during the night.
  • depend on be contingent on There was also the merchant’s daughter, but she wasn’t as important as his flock, because she didn’t depend on him.
  • depress push down It made me very depressed .
  • desert leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch Now come with Santiago and me as we stroll the fields of Spain, and ride on camel and horseback through the sands of the great African desert .
  • deserts an outcome (good or bad) that is well merited I have inside me the winds, the deserts , the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe.
  • dig turn up, loosen, or remove earth He struggled to continue digging as he fought the wind, which often blew the sand back into the excavation.
  • digging the act of digging He struggled to continue digging as he fought the wind, which often blew the sand back into the excavation.
  • display case a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home “I’d like to build a display case for the crystal,” the boy said to the merchant.
  • distrustful having or showing distrust I’m going to become bitter and distrustful of people because one person betrayed me.
  • dream a series of images and emotions occurring during sleep He sets off to find a treasure by the pyramids in Egypt that is spoken of in a reoccurring dream .
  • dreamed conceived of or imagined or hoped for “I dreamed that I was in a field with my sheep, when a child appeared and began to play with the animals.
  • dune a ridge of sand created by the wind The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes.
  • elixir a substance believed to cure all ills I learned that many alchemists realized their Personal Legends, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixir of Life.
  • elixir of life a hypothetical substance believed to maintain life indefinitely; once sought by alchemists I learned that many alchemists realized their Personal Legends, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixir of Life .
  • embarrass cause to feel self-conscious “Why would a king be talking with a shepherd?” the boy asked, awed and embarrassed .
  • embed fix or set securely or deeply “Take these,” said the old man, holding out a white stone and a black stone that had been embedded at the center of the breastplate.
  • embedded enclosed firmly in a surrounding mass “Take these,” said the old man, holding out a white stone and a black stone that had been embedded at the center of the breastplate.
  • emerald a green transparent form of beryl In one of the books he learned that the most important text in the literature of alchemy contained only a few lines, and had been inscribed on the surface of an emerald .
  • encyclopedia a reference work containing articles on various topics “If I could, I’d write a huge encyclopedia just about the words luck and coincidence.
  • entrust put into the care or protection of someone His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.
  • evaporate change into gas or steam But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”
  • even a little to any extent at all I know that if I came even a little bit closer to the earth, everything there would die, and the Soul of the World would no longer exist.
  • ewe female sheep In two years he had learned everything about shepherding: he knew how to shear sheep, how to care for pregnant ewes , and how to protect the sheep from wolves.
  • falcon a diurnal bird of prey “Feeding my falcon .”
  • fall through fail utterly; collapse He didn’t consider mending the hole—the stones could fall through any time they wanted.
  • fascinate attract; cause to be enamored He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned.
  • flock a group of birds He decided to spend the night there, He saw to it that all the sheep entered through the ruined gate, and then laid some planks across it to prevent the flock from wandering away during the night.
  • forget dismiss from the mind; stop remembering “Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else.
  • get to arrive at the point of In return, I need money to get to Egypt tomorrow.”
  • give thanks express gratitude or show appreciation to His prayer didn’t give thanks for his sheep having found new pastures; it didn’t ask that the boy be able to sell more crystal; and it didn’t beseech that the woman he had met continue to await his return.
  • go back return in thought or speech to something And he knew that Egypt was in Africa...While standing at the ticket window, the boy had remembered his flock, and decided he should go back to being a shepherd.
  • go to be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc. If he were to tire of the Andalusian fields, he could sell his sheep and go to sea.
  • habituate familiarize psychologically or physically “I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see.”
  • hang in be persistent, refuse to stop “‘Well,’ asked the wise man, ‘did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall?
  • happen come to pass “It’s this; that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.
  • have possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought.
  • hide prevent from being seen or discovered “Then, at the Egyptian pyramids,”—he said the last three words slowly, so that the old woman would understand—“the child said to me, ‘If you come here, you will find a hidden treasure,’ And, just as she was about to show me the exact location, I woke up.
  • hold back refrain from doing Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river.
  • hookah an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water And, as he smothered the coals in the hookah , he told the boy that he could begin to sell tea in the crystal glasses.
  • hunch an impression that something might be the case “ Hunches ,” his mother used to call them.
  • illuminate make lighter or brighter There, illuminated by the light of the moon and the brightness of the desert, stood the solemn and majestic Pyramids of Egypt.
  • immerse cause to be submerged So immerse yourself in it.
  • immersion the act of wetting something by submerging it The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.
  • inscribe carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface In one of the books he learned that the most important text in the literature of alchemy contained only a few lines, and had been inscribed on the surface of an emerald.
  • insistently in an insistent manner The omens will begin insistently to speak of it, and you’ll try to ignore them.
  • into the wind in the direction opposite to the direction the wind is blowing “But I have no idea how to turn myself into the wind .”
  • irritate cause annoyance in “You have a mania for simplifying everything,” answered the Englishman, irritated .
  • jacket a short coat We have to be prepared for change, he thought, and he was grateful for the jacket’s weight and warmth.
  • kilometer a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters There are thousands of kilometers of desert between here and there.”
  • kneel rest one's weight on one's knees The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty.
  • know be cognizant or aware of a fact or a piece of information The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty.
  • language a means of communicating by the use of sounds or symbols “And dreams are the language of God.
  • leafing (botany) the process of forming leaves Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus.
  • learn gain knowledge or skills Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend, touching the Soul of the World, and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • learned having or showing profound knowledge In two years he had learned everything about shepherding: he knew how to shear sheep, how to care for pregnant ewes, and how to protect the sheep from wolves.
  • legend a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend , touching the Soul of the World, and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • let up become less in amount or intensity “You must not let up , even after having come so far,” he continued.
  • levanter an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area The wind began to pick up, He knew that wind: people called it the levanter , because on it the Moors had come from the Levant at the eastern end of the Mediterranean.
  • life story an account of the series of events making up a person's life But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”
  • live out live out one's life; live to the end But, most important, he was able every day to live out his dream.
  • look for try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of And, learn as he did, “I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.”
  • look out over be oriented in a certain direction “So, when I look out over your sands, I am also looking at her.
  • love a strong positive emotion of regard and affection Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend, touching the Soul of the World, and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • loved one a person who you love, usually a member of your family We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands.
  • make sense be reasonable or logical or comprehensible “I am learning the Language of the World, and everything in the world is beginning to make sense to me...even the flight of the hawks,” he said to himself.
  • man an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman) “The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise.
  • marvel be amazed at God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.”
  • mending the act of putting something in working order again He didn’t consider mending the hole—the stones could fall through any time they wanted.
  • merchant a businessperson engaged in retail trade During the two hours that they talked, she told him she was the merchant’s daughter, and spoke of life in the village, where each day was like all the others, The shepherd told her of the Andalusian countryside, and related the news from the other towns where he had stopped.
  • moonless without a moon or a visible moon “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.
  • move around pass to the other side of Maybe it was because they moved around so much.
  • narcissus bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers either solitary or in clusters At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus .
  • nourish provide with sustenance Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness.
  • oasis a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary “I have been waiting for you here at this oasis for a long time.
  • old man a man who is very old “It’s a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say,” continued the old man .
  • omen a sign of a thing about to happen He said that he had always dreamed of being a shepherd, and that it was a good omen .”
  • one-tenth a tenth part; one part in ten equal parts “Give me one-tenth of your sheep,” said the old man, “and I’ll tell you how to find the hidden treasure.”
  • originate in come from It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe.
  • palm tree any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ’dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”
  • paradise any place of complete bliss and delight and peace “The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise .
  • personal concerning an individual or his or her private life Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend, touching the Soul of the World, and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • pick up take and lift upward The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought.
  • pilgrimage a journey to a sacred place “The fifth obligation of every Muslim is a pilgrimage .
  • plaza a public square with room for pedestrians But before the boy could say anything, the old man leaned over, picked up a stick, and began to write in the sand of the plaza ...There, in the sand of the plaza of that small city, the boy read the names of his father and his mother and the name of the seminary he had attended.
  • prepare make ready or suitable or equip in advance We have to be prepared for change, he thought, and he was grateful for the jacket’s weight and warmth.
  • prognostication a sign of something about to happen “Be careful with your prognostications ,” said the stranger.
  • pursue follow in an effort to capture “Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus,” they said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand.”
  • push forward push one's way If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path.
  • pyramid a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides He sets off to find a treasure by the pyramids in Egypt that is spoken of in a reoccurring dream.
  • rabbi spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation Your son had heard of a rabbi who was able to cure illnesses, and he rode out for days and days in search of this man.
  • realize be fully aware or cognizant of The problem is that they don’t even realize that they’re walking a new road every day.
  • realized successfully completed or brought to an end He never realized that people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
  • recurrent happening again and again Two years ago, right here on this spot, I had a recurrent dream, too.
  • ride out hang on during a trial of endurance Your son had heard of a rabbi who was able to cure illnesses, and he rode out for days and days in search of this man.
  • sacristy a room in a church where religious objects are stored The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood.
  • sadden make unhappy But instead of being saddened , he was happy.
  • salty containing or filled with salt He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
  • sand a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral Now come with Santiago and me as we stroll the fields of Spain, and ride on camel and horseback through the sands of the great African desert.
  • sands the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean Now come with Santiago and me as we stroll the fields of Spain, and ride on camel and horseback through the sands of the great African desert.
  • sandstorm a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand “Fill this place with a sandstorm so strong that it blots out the sun.
  • say utter aloud He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
  • scarab a beetle considered to be divine by ancient Egyptians The boy looked at the sands around him, and saw that, where his tears had fallen, a scarab beetle was scuttling through the sand.
  • scuttle move about or proceed hurriedly The boy looked at the sands around him, and saw that, where his tears had fallen, a scarab beetle was scuttling through the sand.
  • seagull a mostly white aquatic bird found along beaches Jonathan Livingston Seagull , The Little Prince, Conversations With God and The Prophet would all make the list.
  • search look or seek “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived, They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now.”
  • seek out look for a specific person or thing He no longer had to seek out food and water for the sheep; he could go in search of his treasure, instead.
  • seer an observer who perceives visually Then, one day, the oldest seer he had ever sought out (and the one most to be feared) had asked why the camel driver was so interested in the future.
  • seller someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money The candy seller had a smile on his face: he was happy, aware of what his life was about, and ready to begin a day’s work.
  • sensed detected by instinct or inference rather than by recognized perceptual cues The man still said nothing, and the boy sensed that he was going to have to make a decision—Taking the jacket out, he began to clean the glasses.
  • separate out remove by passing through a filter “I have to separate out the sulfur.
  • shear cut or cut through with scissors In two years he had learned everything about shepherding: he knew how to shear sheep, how to care for pregnant ewes, and how to protect the sheep from wolves.
  • sheep woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat He decided to spend the night there, He saw to it that all the sheep entered through the ruined gate, and then laid some planks across it to prevent the flock from wandering away during the night.
  • shepherd someone who keeps sheep together in a flock During the two hours that they talked, she told him she was the merchant’s daughter, and spoke of life in the village, where each day was like all the others, The shepherd told her of the Andalusian countryside, and related the news from the other towns where he had stopped.
  • shop a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services The old man pointed to a baker standing in his shop window at one corner of the plaza.
  • shop window a window of a store facing onto the street The old man pointed to a baker standing in his shop window at one corner of the plaza.
  • shopkeeper a merchant who owns or manages a shop “A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world.
  • simplify make easier or reduce in complexity or extent “You have a mania for simplifying everything,” answered the Englishman, irritated.
  • sleep out work in a house where one does not live Bakers have homes, while shepherds sleep out in the open.
  • someday some unspecified time in the future I thought that someday I’d be rich, and could go to Mecca.
  • sometime at some indefinite or unstated time “ Sometime during the second year, you’ll remember about the treasure.
  • soul the immaterial part of a person Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend, touching the Soul of the World, and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • speak use language He sets off to find a treasure by the pyramids in Egypt that is spoken of in a reoccurring dream.
  • spoon a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food ‘As you wander around, carry this spoon with you without allowing the oil to spill.’
  • suffer undergo or be subjected to “If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.”
  • sulfur an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions) “I have to separate out the sulfur .
  • sun the star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system He was sure that it made no difference to her on which day he appeared: for her, every day was the same, and when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
  • sycamore any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits The roof had fallen in long ago, and an enormous sycamore had grown on the spot where the sacristy had once stood.
  • tablet a small, flat, compressed cake of some substance “It’s the Emerald Tablet ,” said the Englishman, proud that he might teach something to the boy.
  • tatter a small shred of cloth or paper The monk laughed when he saw me come back in tatters .
  • teach impart skills or knowledge to God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.”
  • tell narrate or give a detailed account of During the two hours that they talked, she told him she was the merchant’s daughter, and spoke of life in the village, where each day was like all the others, The shepherd told her of the Andalusian countryside, and related the news from the other towns where he had stopped.
  • terrify frighten greatly Because he was terrified , the boy didn’t answer.
  • tether restraint consisting of a rope or chain The tents were being blown from their ties to the earth, and the animals were being freed from their tethers .
  • thing a separate and self-contained entity “They come in search of new things , but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived, They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now.”
  • things any movable possession (especially articles of clothing) “They come in search of new things , but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived, They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now.”
  • think about have on one's mind, think about actively All they think about is food and water.
  • ticket window a window through which tickets are sold And he knew that Egypt was in Africa...While standing at the ticket window , the boy had remembered his flock, and decided he should go back to being a shepherd.
  • transform change or alter in appearance or nature He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
  • travel change location We learn as we travel with Santiago many of the valuable lessons of life, and uncover many of the mysteries.
  • treasonous constituting or having the characteristic of betrayal “You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous ?”
  • treasure any possession that is highly valued by its owner He sets off to find a treasure by the pyramids in Egypt that is spoken of in a reoccurring dream.
  • tribal relating to or characteristic of a clan or social group “Go and speak to the tribal chieftains,” said the camel driver.
  • tribesman someone who lives in a tribe You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race.
  • unanticipated not expected That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”
  • uncover make visible We learn as we travel with Santiago many of the valuable lessons of life, and uncover many of the mysteries.
  • understand know and comprehend the nature or meaning of “The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise.
  • universe everything that exists anywhere It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe .
  • walk around walk around something You’ll walk around , night after night, at the oasis, and Fatima will be unhappy because she’ll feel it was she who interrupted your quest.
  • walk through perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal That morning he had known everything that was going to happen to him as he walked through the familiar fields.
  • wander move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course He decided to spend the night there, He saw to it that all the sheep entered through the ruined gate, and then laid some planks across it to prevent the flock from wandering away during the night.
  • want the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable His parents had wanted him to become a priest...One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn’t want to become a priest.
  • weep shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain “Why do you weep ?” the goddesses asked.
  • weight down weight down with a load He felt weighted down by the centuries of time since the Pyramids had been built.
  • whet sharpen by rubbing “Because there is a force that wants you to realize your Personal Legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success.”
  • white feather a symbol of cowardice There were also precious stones, gold masks adorned with red and white feathers , and stone statues embedded with jewels.
  • wind air moving from high pressure to low pressure “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived, They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now.”
  • wind up coil the spring of a device by turning a stem “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived, They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now.”
  • wise having intelligence and discernment “The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise.
  • wise man a wise and trusted guide and advisor It was there that the wise man lived.
  • word of mouth gossip spread by spoken communication I don’t know why these things have to be transmitted by word of mouth , he thought.
  • world the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on Along the way, he finds out that his journey is about discovering his Personal Legend, touching the Soul of the World , and learning what love is really about; as well as getting the loot.
  • write name the letters that comprise the accepted form of But before the boy could say anything, the old man leaned over, picked up a stick, and began to write in the sand of the plaza...There, in the sand of the plaza of that small city, the boy read the names of his father and his mother and the name of the seminary he had attended.
  • write in cast a vote by inserting a name that does not appear on the ballot But before the boy could say anything, the old man leaned over, picked up a stick, and began to write in the sand of the plaza...There, in the sand of the plaza of that small city, the boy read the names of his father and his mother and the name of the seminary he had attended.
  • write on write about a particular topic “But, above all, I learned that these things are all so simple that they could be written on the surface of an emerald.”
  • yank pull with a sudden movement But one of them seized the boy and yanked him back out of the hole, Another, who was searching the boy’s bags, found the piece of gold.
  • pervert corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
  • evocative serving to bring to mind
  • invective abusive language used to express blame or censure
  • diaphanous so thin as to transmit light
  • aegis armor plate that protects the chest

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how are the two locations different in regards to food/drink, religion, customs, etc.?

Which specific locations are you referring to?

Earlier in the story, the alchemist told Santiago"when you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed". At the end of the story, what did he do to find his treasure?

Santiago digs a hole at the base of the tree where he had had his first dream. Sure enough, he finds a trunk full of gold–enough for him and Fatima to live happily for a long time.

According to the book, is it possible to live a fulfilling life without ever achieving one’s Personal Legend? Why or why not?

This is very much a perspective question. It would be possible to have a good life but the complete fulfillment would not be there. The crystal merchant, for example, lived a good life but not one that was fulfilled.

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