The Da Vinci Code

Summary

Chapters 76–82

Summary Chapters 76–82

Summary: Chapter 82

Teabing explains that the knight a Pope interred was a Knight Templar, or one of the knights of the Priory, and that he was interred at the Temple Church in London. If they can find that tomb, they will find a clue about the “missing orb” that was supposed to be buried with this knight. While Teabing discusses directions with Rémy, Sophie and Langdon talk about whether the truth about the Magdalene should be revealed to the world. Langdon says it might be better to let people believe the myths that help them have faith. Sophie isn’t sure she agrees.

Analysis

Brown implies that Langdon’s revelations are now inspired by intuition, not logical thinking. It is while he is being rocked in the plane to the rhythm of iambic pentameter and the imagined sounds of the sex ritual that Langdon comes to a realization about the headstone. It almost sounds as if he is channeling the knowledge necessary to unlock the mystery. In the plane, Langdon relies on a stereotypically female trait—intuitiveness—to decipher a problem.

Teabing refers to Saunière as a “pitiless architect.” Indeed, Saunière left an amazing number of clues to be solved. The question is whether Saunière set up so many steps in order to keep the Grail’s secret, or whether he was being excessive.

Collet’s and the examiner’s total lack of knowledge about the study of the divine feminine makes them uncomfortable with Teabing’s ideas about the shape of the cathedral nave. They are typical of close-minded people who take offense at the unorthodox ideas espoused by Teabing and his fellow religious scholars. Ironically, close-mindedness probably saves Teabing and his fellow fugitives from falling under even more suspicion. Most people consider their ideas simply eccentric and bizarre—not dangerous.

Teabing is convinced that he can operate outside of the law because of his tremendous wealth and status as a knight. So far, he has managed to do exactly as he pleases, escaping tricky situations with bribes and sly moves.

This chapter follows traditional thriller conventions: Sophie and Langdon get off the plane unseen, and the group prepares a sleight of hand to escape an inescapable situation. The narrator first presents the situation from the point of view of Simon Edwards and the police: Teabing exits the plane, and the police search the cabin and find nothing. Bewildered, they let Teabing go. At the end of the chapter, the narrator doubles back and explains how the other three got into the limousine. This method of narrative stretches each puzzle over the length of the chapter, giving us a chance to guess what the solution might be.