The Da Vinci Code: Chapter 7

Summary: Sister Sandrine Bieil, conservatrice d’affaires for the Church of Saint-Sulpice, is awakened by a late night phone call (approximately 12:40 a.m.) from her abbé (her male superior in religious orders), who asks her a favor on behalf of Aringarosa: to allow a visiting Opus Dei numerary (a celibate staff member) to see the church after hours. Sister Sandrine reluctantly agrees.

Analysis: This brief chapter advances the plot and also continues the theme from the previous chapter of the place of the feminine in Christian theology. Sister Sandrine objects to Opus Dei because, in her judgment, it treats women unjustly: “their views on women were medieval at best” (p. 46).