In Coelho's The Alchemist, how do certain people help Santiago on his journey?

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There are many people who help Santiago journey through the world to achieve his Personal Legend. First, he seeks out a Gypsy who tells him that his dream is real and important. Then, the King of Salem appears to motivate and to teach him about his dream about finding treasure at the Pyramids in Egypt. The King also gives him Urim and Thummim to help guide his way. Third, the Crystal Merchant helps by feeding him and then giving him a job. Next, the Englishman gives him books to learn about alchemy and Fatima teaches him of love's importance and that love will wait for Personal Legends to be fulfilled. Then the Alchemist helps Santiago to physically get to the pyramids and teaches him more about alchemy and courage. But, don't forget that Santiago learns to help himself by listening to his heart; and, non-human helpers include the desert, the wind, and the sun.