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As Teabing and Sophie talk about the cryptex, Langdon thinks about the idea that the keystone is hidden below the sign of the Rose. He looks more closely at the wooden box. Langdon notices a small hole inside the box. Langdon inserts a paperclip into the hole. The rose falls off the box, revealing four lines of text in a language Langdon cannot place. Suddenly, Langdon is hit over the head. He sees Silas standing above him with a gun before blacking out.
Silas holds Teabing and Sophie at gun point. Teabing stands with difficulty on his crutches. He wavers, telling Silas he is afraid he might drop the keystone. Teabing begins to fall and as Silas dives to save the keystone he lowers the gun. Teabing tosses the keystone onto the couch and intentionally hits the cilice on Silasís leg with his crutch. Silas accidentally fires the gun into the floor as he falls. Sophie kicks Silas in the face. Hearing the gun fire outside, Collet decides he can no longer wait for Fache. Langdon regains consciousness. Teabing orders Rémy to restrain Silas.
Langdonís reference to Disney, like his watch, is another example of how important mystery and wonderment are to people. Disney World, according to Langdon, is built upon make-believe, infused with bits of hidden truth. These fantastical stories are not unlike Grail mythology or religion (as it is portrayed in the novel). Disney, like Grail stories and like religion, is not necessarily true but it gives people something much more important--mystery and wonderment.
Interestingly, the cilice, which Silas believes makes him stronger, is his weakness. Teabing, a cripple, is able to overpower Silas. Silas proves to be physically strong but mentally weak. It seems in this novel, intelligence--both academic and common sense-- is necessary for success.
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