The crystal merchant is one of the characters that helped Santiago by encouraging him and helping him earn back his money.
Another important character who helped Santiago in his journey was the English man.
I know many people who, when they are within reach of their Personal Legend, make a series of silly mistakes and do not attain their objective – when it was just one step away.
“This is the most dangerous of the obstacles, because it has a certain aura of sanctity about it: to renounce to joy and the conquest.
Whenever a man does that which gives him enthusiasm, he is following his Legend. The first: he has heard, right from childhood, that everything he wishes to live is impossible.
However, not everyone has the courage to face up to his own dreams. He grows up with this idea, and as he acquires age, he also accumulates layers of prejudices, fears, guilt.
Many people know what their Personal Legend is and some have ahcieved it.
But in the story The Alchemist a shepherd boy named Santiago achieves his Personal Legend with some help from three major characters who teach him many important things.
This made Santiago turn away from his Personal Legend and concentrate on earning some more money to go back to Spain and become a shepherd again. But you know that I'm not going to go to Mecca.
When Santiago finally earned enough money to go back to Spain and double his flock he told the crystal merchant that he was leaving. Just as you know that you're not going to buy your sheep." "Who told you that? "Maktub," said the old merchant and he gave the boy his blessing (Coelho, 28).