In the book "The Alchemist" Santiago, the Shepard, describes Fatima as being that one person in his life that helps him to forget everything else. For him Fatima represents that an escape from the drudgery of daily work and the beauty of life and conversation. The two meet and they fall in love. She is his soul mate. Through her he has gains the value of eternal love.
Santiago describes Fatima's physical description as looking familiar to the other females of her region.
"The girl was typical of the region of Andalusia, with flowing black hair, and eyes that vaguely recalled the Moorish conquerors."(5)
"The boy went to the well everyday to meet with Fatima. He told her about his life as a shepherd, the king, and the crystal shop. They became friends, and except for the fifteen minutes he spent with her, each day seemed that it would never pass”(p.96)
In The Alchemist Coelho puts a strong focus on love at first sight.
Fatima literally sets Santiago free (If you love something, set it free...). Her acceptance that Santiago had to live life before their relationship could begin is symbolic in many ways, but most noticeably it allows Santiago the opportunity to realize that his love for Fatima is true.
She represents the love between a man and a woman to Santiago. On his journey, he has learned about the love of the Universe and the love of friendship, but it is through Fatima that he will learn the love between a husband and a wife.
Fatima is described as a beautiful young woman. Santiago meets her and falls in love with her.