Chapter 1 Annotations (Continued)

Rachel Sleeman


Robert Langdon

“tinny telephone ring”

Renaissance bedroom

Louis XVI furniture

Mahogany four-poster bed

Jacquard bathrobe

Hotel Ritz Paris


The American University of Paris

Religious Symbology, Harvard University

Pagan symbolism hidden n the stones of Chartres Cathedral

“Mais, monsieur”



Guest Relations Handbook

Full-length mirror (do they really have them in the Ritz?)

Boston Magazine- city’s top ten most intriguing people

American University of Paris’s Pavillon Dauphine

The Symbology of Secret Sects

The Art of the Illuminati

The Lost Language of Ideograms

Religious Iconology

Curriculum vitae

Harrison Ford

Harris tweed

Burberry turtleneck

Savonnerie carpet

Hotel bathrobe (does the Ritz really have them?)

Lieutenant Jerome Collet-

Direction Centrale Police Judiciare

U.S. F.B.I.

“Official-looking blue uniform”




almost lost his life inside Vatican City

Direction Centrale Police Judiciare-

Also known as the Central Management of the Criminal Investigation Department, DCJP is a French internal security service. The DCJP deals mainly with criminal business and with matters of specialized delinquency.  The DCJP gathers evidence to identify criminals and then in turn mandates an extensive search for those criminals.  Acting on its own initiative, most of Judicial Police officials “implement approaches and techniques of investigation adapted to countering complex and serious criminal phenomena” To learn more, follow the link:

DCJP—Central Directorate Judicial Police. John Pike. 19 September 2004. <>.


The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation is the largest investigative branch of the United States Department of Justice. The FBI was founded in 1908 by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte under authorization of President Theodore Roosevelt, but was dramatically altered by Attorney General J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover established the FBI identification division to keep records of finger prints. The FBI deals with counterterrorism, counterintelligence, organized crime, violent crimes, theft, and white collar crimes. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction in federal crimes that are not automatically investigated by other agencies such as the secret service. The mission of the FBI is to “uphold the law through the investigation of violations of federal criminal law; to protect the United States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal, state, local, and international agencies; and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the public and is faithful to the United States constitution.” To learn more about the FBI, visit the official website: <>.

"Police." Britannica Student Encyclopedia. 2004.  Encyclopćdia Britannica Online.
September 19 2004 <>.

F.B.I. Wikipedia. September 19 2004. <>.

“Official-looking blue uniform” (Brown 10)-  

French policeman stands guard outside house of Ira Einhorn

            The official color of French police uniforms.  Picture take from: Extradition suspended for US hippy leader,, Accessed November 20, 2004.


              English translation: “Captain or Skipper.”  This translation accounts for a captain in the context of the captain of a ship.  However, in the context of The DaVinci Code, a captain is the commander, the head of a group or division. “Un captaine de gendarmerie” is normally used to denote that this captain is a police chief.

< > September 19, 2004

Louvre- (See Prologue).                                                   


(pl-roid) [[POLAR + OID]].  trademark for: A transparent material containing embedded crystals capable of polarizing light: used in optics and photography.  [[Short for Polaroid Land Camera]].  The Polaroid Land Camera was developed by American physicist Edwin Land, a Harvard dropout, in 1947. It is a camera that develops the film negative internally and produces a print (“a Polaroid snapshot”) within seconds after the process is initiated.  Entry printed from Websters New World Dictionary. Copyright 2002 Wiley Publishing Inc.

To learn more about Polaroid history, visit Polaroid’s official website:  September 19 2004


A modern day Polaroid Camera.

<>. September 19, 2004.

 “A Polaroid snapshot” (Brown 10). September 19, 2004.

almost lost his life inside Vatican City”-

            This a reference to Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons in which the character Robert Langdon first appeared.

Brown writes on the back cover of Angels and Demons:

“An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target.

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization -- the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth...the long-forgotten Illuminati lair.”

Langdon races to destroy the bomb that could extinguish Vatican City, the head Catholic leaders, and kill Langdon himself.




Picture taken from <> September 19, 2004

Dan Brown, Angels and Demons, Pocket Star Publishing, 2001 (I recognized the connection as well, having read Angels and Demons)