By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept Setting & Symbolism

Paulo Coelho
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Soria

This is the town that Pilar and her friend are from. It is a small conservative town in Spain.

Zaragoza

Zaragoza is where Pilar attends school. She has a whole life there that she is willing to give up to find true love.

Piedra River

It is believed that the river can rid a person of pain and suffering. Anything that is thrown into the river is cleansed and eaten up, never to return. At the beginning, a nun advises Pilar to write down all her feelings and throw the pages into the river to cleanse her soul.

Madrid

The city where Pilar is reunited with her friend. Here she is introduced to the idea of the feminine side of God.

Plaza de Cibeles

A fountain in Spain, of a woman in a carriage being drawn by lions. It is a representation of feminine spirituality and strength...

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