Our symbol was the Gypsy. Although she only appeared in a couple of paragraphs her importance is undoubted.
" I told you that your dream was a difficult one. It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them. And since I am not wise, I have had to learn other arts, such as the reading of palms."
Our symbol enhances the story by giving Santiago his first idea of his Personal Legend. The Gypsy is the first one to plant the idea of leaving what he knows and going on his quest into his head. She is one of the main points in the story because without her Santiago would have never known where to go looking for his treasure.
The Gypsy symbolizes a turning point in not only the mind of Santiago but in the book as a whole because it is the beginning of what will become a great quest. Santiago's impact on all of the people he meets would not have happened without the gypsy.