Santiago rides his horse through the desert for many more hours, trying to listen to it again so as to learn the exact location of the treasure. His heart, however, isn't cooperating — it is thinking about other things. Finally Santiago's heart relents and whispers to him, "Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That's where I am, and that's where your treasure is." His horse climbs one more sand dune, and Santiago's heart leaps. He sees the pyramids in front of him, illuminated by the moonlight. Santiago falls to his knees and weeps. He notices that where his tears fell, a scarab, or beetle, now scurries through the sand. Santiago knows that in Egypt, this beetle is considered a symbol of God. Another omen — this must be the place he was meant to dig! Santiago digs through the night, but finds nothing. Some thieves see Santiago digging in the sand and think he is hiding something. They search
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.