The Da Vinci Code

Summary

Chapters 4–9

Summary Chapters 4–9
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O, Draconian devil!
Oh, lame saint!”

Langdon is confused by the code’s contents and by the fact that it is written in English and not French, Saunière’s maiden tongue. With the help of a black light, Fache reveals that Saunière has also drawn a circle around his naked body with invisible ink. The way his nude body is splayed within the circle suggests Da Vinci’s famous drawing, The Vitruvian Man. Fache interprets the symbol as a reference to devil worship. Da Vinci had a complicated relationship with the church and included subversive codes or elements even in the religious paintings he was commissioned to create.

In his office, Collet eavesdrops on Fache’s and Langdon’s conversation using audio equipment. Collet reflects on Fache’s devotion to the Catholic Church and on the amazing instincts with which he solves crimes. Apparently, prior to Langdon’s arrival, Fache announced to his men that he thought he knew the identity of Saunière’s killer. In addition to monitoring the audio equipment, Collet is monitoring the GPS tracking system.

Summary: Chapter 9

Sophie Neveu shows up at the Grand Gallery claiming that she has deciphered the code. Fache, who turned off his phone and told Collet not to let anyone in, is angered by this interruption. He is particularly annoyed at being interrupted by Neveu, because he does not think that women should be allowed to do police work. He considers them physically weak and distracting to men.

As soon as Sophie arrives, she gives Langdon a message to call the U.S. Embassy, which has been trying to contact him with news. However, Langdon discovers that the number she has given him is not the U.S. Embassy at all, but Sophie’s own answering service with a recording telling him that he is in trouble.

Analysis

The narrative structure of The Da Vinci Code allows the reader to put together clues alongside Langdon and the police investigating Saunière’s murder. At this point, the clue about Saunière’s secret involving the “sacred feminine” remains to be solved. The account Langdon gives of it is not thorough, and Langdon himself does not understand how the written message relates to the theory of the sacred feminine. What is clear is that Langdon has unwittingly gotten involved in the conspiracy.

It’s also clear that although Sophie does not specify the source of danger, it is related to Fache and his men. Brown casts suspicion on Fache not only by making him unpleasant and sexist, but also by linking him to the Catholic Church. Thus far, Brown has portrayed the members of Opus Dei unfavorably. In his description of the headquarters of Opus Dei and of the Bishop’s penthouse apartment and elaborate ring, Brown associates luxury and worldly goods with a sinister force. The Bishop’s amethyst and diamond ring contrasts with his own description of Opus Dei as a society dedicated to helping people live their lives in service to the Catholic Church. By juxtaposing the group’s declared intentions with its luxurious trappings, Brown suggests that Opus Dei is not necessarily interested only in spiritual wealth.