Santiago screams at them that he is only looking for treasure because he dreamed twice about a buried treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. One of the thieves tells Santiago that he had a recurring dream about a buried treasure, except his dream told him to go to an abandoned church in Spain where shepherds often took their sheep to rest."In my dream," the thief says, "there was a sycamore growing out of the ruins of the sacristy, and I was told that, if I dug at the roots of the sycamore, I would find a hidden treasure. But I'm not so stupid as to cross an entire desert just because of a recurrent dream."After the thieves depart, Santiago sits up and starts laughing. He knows where the hidden treasure is buried.When Santiago's heart tells him to dig where his tears fall, Coelho is telling his readers not only that
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