The Da Vinci Code: Chapter 45

Summary: Vernet returns to the vault, astonished to find that Sophie and Langdon have indeed accessed Saunière’s deposit box. He hides the two and their cargo in a bank truck’s cargo hold and drives them away, successfully eluding the dragnet that Collet has established through quick thinking and misdirection.

Analysis: The sympathetic development of Vernet’s character continues as we watch him bravely and intelligently drive Sophie and Langdon away from the bank himself, thinking quickly in order to avoid Collet’s attentions. Most amusing, perhaps, is his offer to sell Collect his Rolex—which he pretends is a fake—for only forty euro!