The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho What is Fatima's definition of love?

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There are many definitions of love in this world, and each has its own reason behind it. Fatima defines love as many things, here are some examples below.

Fatima defines love as trust. She says that as she is" a part of your(his) dream", "I(she) want you(him) to continue towards your(his) goal." She thinks that if she is really part of his dream, he will "come back one day" for her. She does thinks that love is trust as if there is no trust there will not be a strong bond between them.

Fatima defines love as not possessive. She does not want Santiago to stay with her all the time if he does not want to; she wants him to "wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes". She does not want to restrict him in anything he needs or wants to do as she thinks that if she really is part of his dream, he will come back for her, and therefore she leaves the choice to Santiago.

Fatima defines love as patience. She says that for the desert women, they know that "the desert takes our(their) men from us(them)", and that they have to wait for their return, and now, she too, "will be one of the women who wait". She thinks that love can withstand the test of time and will not break them apart, as she thinks that love is undying.

Fatima defines love as an undying feeling. She says that although she will be apart from Santiago, their love will be like how "the dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert (is) never changes". She says that if she is " really part of your(his) dream, you'll come back one day". She will even accept the fact that Santiago has...