The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

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Chapters 61-70 Summary

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Chapter 61
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sophie Neveu

Chapter Summary:
Left along, Langdon and Sophie discuss the meaning of what she's learned. Langdon is arguing that signs of the Grail story are woven symbolically into all great art, including Walk Disney's work. Teabing's return interrupts their talk.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The centrality of human relationships, especially male-female relationships.
The influence of the past upon the present.

Chapter 62
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sophie Neveu
Silas, the albino monk
Bezu Fache
Sir Leigh Teabing

Chapter Summary:
Teabing accuses them of murder; Langdon denies it, and shares the information regarding the keystone. As they talk, Silas sneaks close to the house to listen in.

Teabing and Langdon discuss the balance of power between the Vatican and the Priory, one that was always fragile because of the Priory's plan to eventually release the documents. Teabing argues that the time for this was now, as astrological symbols mark this as the beginning of a new age.

Langdon admits they have the keystone with them. Silas overhears, and enters the house.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The centrality of human relationships, especially male-female relationships.
The power of belief, and the need to believe.
The influence of the past upon the present.

Chapter 63
Chapter Characters:
Bishop Aringarosa
Bezu Fache
Jerome Collet

Chapter Summary:
Collet and his men arrive at the house, but Fache orders them not to enter. Collet notices the black Audi Silas drove to the house.

Flying over the Tyrrhenian Sea, Bishop Aringarosa thinks "Everything in Paris has gone terribly wrong." This refers to Langdon and Sophie getting away with the keystone, and indicates that he has some way of knowing this.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The power of belief, and the need to believe.

Chapter 64
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sir Leigh Teabing
Remy Legaludec

Chapter Summary:
Teabing and Langdon inspect the box. Langdon has just found an inscription he can't read when he's knocked unconscious.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.

Chapter 65
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sophie Neveu
Silas, the albino monk
Sir Leigh Teabing

Chapter Summary:
Silas holds them all at gunpoint and demands the keystone. Teabing pretends to drop it, then slams his crutch into Silas's thigh where the cilice is already digging into his flesh. Silas's gun goes off as he falls, and Collet decides to break into the house.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The power of belief, and the need to believe.

Chapter 66
Chapter Characters:
Jerome Collet

Chapter Summary:
Collet finds an empty house, and, in the barn, an empty pegboard where keys had hung, indicating they've fled.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.

Chapter 67
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sophie Neveu
Sir Leigh Teabing

Chapter Summary:
Teabing, Sophie, and Langdon all flee, taking Silas and Remy with them. Teabing plans for them to escape to England. As the chapter ends, Langdon is making a phone call.

Chapter Themes:
The power of belief, and the need to believe.

Chapter 68
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Jonas Faukman

Chapter Summary:
Langdon learns that his publisher Jonas Faukman had sent a copy of Langdon's book manuscript to Sauniere for review, an action that set everything in motion.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The influence of the past upon the present.

Chapter 69
Chapter Characters:
Robert Langdon
Sophie Neveu
Sir Leigh Teabing

Chapter Summary:
They flee France in Teabing's plane. As they discuss whether or not to...

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make the Grail documents public, Sophie quotes Teabing's words back to him, " 'You do not find the Grail, the Grail finds you.'" and continues, saying, "I am going to trust that the Grail has found me for a reason, and when the time comes, I will know what to do."

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.
The power of belief, and the need to believe.
The influence of the past upon the present.

Chapter 70
Chapter Characters:
Bezu Fache
Jerome Collet
Andre Vernet

Chapter Summary:
Back at Chateau Villette, Fache and Collet learn from Vernet that Langdon and Sophie stole some of Sauniere's property; from another agent they learn that Langdon and Sophie have fled the country. Fache follows.

Chapter Themes:
The human world is encoded with meaning.

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