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 died on his way to find the treasure he had been seeking. She will never give up the love of her life for anyone else and instead, would give up everything else for the love of her life, Santiago.
Fatima defines love as making the other party happy. She wants Santiago to continue with his search for treasure as she knows that that will make him happy, in this phrase she said: “I want you to continue towards your goal…go on in pursuit of your dream”. She thinks that love is not overpowering or overbearing but it is giving in when you know you have to do so to make your loved one happy, so that you too, may share his/her happiness.
Fatima defines love as the ability to accept the fact that her loved one will never come back. She would, “If I(she) have(has) to, I(she) will accept the fact that he has become a part of the clouds, and the animals, and the water of the desert”. She will not moan over her loss and keep brooding over it.
Fatima defines love as giving her husband all the freedom that he wants and needs. She wants her husband to ” wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes”, and thus she encourages Santiago to go and look for his treasure, instead of staying back and living with her for the rest of his lifetime. She is willing to make sacrifices for the people she loves, and will not feel sad about it, no matter how big or small the sacrifice is.
Fatima defines love as devotion. She will faithfully wait for Santiago to return from his trip to find treasure. She says that she, like the other desert women waiting for their men to come back, will wait for Santiago to return. She loves Santiago with all her heart and will not give him up, and find someone else to replace Santiago’s place in her heart. She thinks that love is being faithful to the person you love and not do something inappropriate when Santiago is not there to be with her.
Fatima is a true desert woman, willing to sacrifice her happiness for Santiago’s happiness, by letting him go, when he thought of staying in the desert to be with her. She thinks that love is not possessive but trusting, patient, undying, sacrificial, devoted and freedom. Her love for Santiago will never die.