The Da Vinci Code: Chapter 46

Summary: Terrified at the thought that he has failed both the Church and Bishop Aringarosa, Silas calls the Teacher. The Teacher assures him, however, that “[o]ur work tonight is not yet done.”

Analysis: In this brief interlude, we learn more, through Silas’ thoughts about him, regarding the mysterious “Teacher”: “Silas was awed, both by the profundity of the Teacher’s faith and by the scope of his power. The Teacher seemed to be a man who knew all, a man with eyes and ears in all places” (p. 213). We learn that the Teacher devised Silas and Aringarosa’s plan to retrieve the Keystone; also, significantly, we learn also that the Teacher already knows that “Jacques Saunière transmitted information before he died” (p. 213). Brown is offering his readers clues to the Teacher’s identity; moreover, this chapter again demonstrates his skillful use of “intercutting” (a technical term in film, but appropriate to a novel with a cinematic texture, such as The Da Vinci Code) to sustain readers’ engagement.