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The Alchemist Epilogue

By Paulo Coelho


  • Santiago arrives at the old church with a shovel. He drinks some wine, and falls asleep. In the morning he starts digging at the base of the tree.
  • He yells into the sky that it was all a trick, that he didn't need to go all the way to the pyramids and get beaten up if the treasure was right here all along.
  • The wind tells him that if he hadn't gone he wouldn't have seen the beautiful pyramids.
  • After digging for a while Santiago finds a chest full of Spanish gold coins, jewels, masks, and statues.
  • As he's packing up his treasure, Santiago gets a kiss on the wind from Fatima. He smiles.