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Langdon asks why Sophie is helping him. Sophie tells him that she believes he is innocent and that it is partly her fault that he has gotten into trouble. Sophie tells Langdon that all of Saunière’s clues were intended to get her attention and to make sure she became involved with the case. The final line directly addresses her; P.S. stands for Princesse Sophie, which is Saunière’s pet name for her. Sophie tells Langdon that Saunière was her grandfather.
After ten minutes Fache becomes concerned about Langdon’s absence. Collet thinks Fache must feel a lot of pressure because the media has recently been very critical of him. Fache receives a call from the director of the Cryptology Department. The director says that something is not quite right with Sophie Neveu.
Silas arrives in France for the first time since he was arrested. He is filled with a sense of purpose as he approaches the church.
In these chapters we learn more about the female protagonist, Sophie Neveu. Saunière was Sophie’s grandfather and for some reason she seems compelled to rescue Langdon from the French police. We also learn that Fache is under pressure from the media and, therefore, must solve this crime quickly. Fache’s focus on Langdon, which seems propelled by the pressure he is feeling, supports the theme of power as potentially corrupting. Fache is the chief of police in Paris and has the power to direct the investigation.
In singling out Langdon, he may be able to build a strong enough case based on circumstantial evidence to convict an innocent man. The theme of power corrupting is also found in the Church. As the plot unfolds it will become apparent that the Church has wielded its power to rewrite history.
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