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Sophie and Langdon decide to hide the cryptex inside Teabing’s home until they can decide how much they want to tell him. Langdon asks Teabing to tell Sophie about the Holy Grail and the Priory of Sion. Teabing offers Sophie an eclectic history lesson, which encompasses the Bible, Leonardo da Vinci’s art, the historical Jesus, and the Roman Empire. Teabing’s essential message is that the church revised the life of Jesus Christ for its own purposes and that the Holy Grail is not a cup, but a person.
As with most suspense novels, people are not always who they seem to be. Lee Teabing is an excellent example of this type of character. Teabing is a crippled, old man to whom Sophie and Langdon go for assistance and safety; however he is also the powerful Teacher who is working against Sophie and Langdon. In hindsight, Teabing makes many ironic comments. He frequently says how he is underestimated or how he is an excellent actor. These comments are ironic because they mean something different to Teabing than they do to the audience.
This section is a very important part of the novel because it relays a large amount of information about the Grail and the history of the Catholic Church. Many of these ideas will probably be unfamiliar, thus adding to the shock-factor of this novel. However, it is important to remember, in a novel filled with so much factual information, that some information is also based on conjecture and not proven. However, because this is a work of fiction, Brown is granted the authority to present anything as fact.
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