The Englishman

Discuss the September 2014 book of the month, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
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The Englishman

Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 02 May 2015, 01:36

The Englishman travels many miles to find the alchemist, so that he may finally understand how to transform lead into gold, only to have the alchemist tell him: Go and try. In light of this, The Englishman reacts rather positively, by deciding to go and do it. If you were the Englishman, what would your reaction have been?
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Post by iekelek23 » 04 Jun 2015, 08:51

My first reaction would have been discouragement, followed by despair. After a period of sadness, I would have realized the alchemist was right. I am at a point in my life where I both really, really want to achieve my goals, and am afraid that I never will--or that it might be better to just leave them as dreams rather than try to make them real.

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 15 Jun 2015, 03:16

* iekelek23

Whatever you do, don't do that. I've been there a thousand times, and I'm still trying to become who I know I'm supposed to be. I have a lot of odds stacked up against me, but my dreams, I tell myself, are bigger than every one of them.
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Post by Insightsintobooks » 09 Jan 2017, 23:29

I think I would have asked further questions in order to find out how.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 09 Jul 2017, 07:20

My first response would have been demoralization. But after sometime, I would have understood that the chemist was correct. It happens sometimes.
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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 12 Dec 2017, 16:05

I would have pondered the alchemists words and questioned his meaning.
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