Did you feel like you got any more answers in this second section? Are the chapters flying by for you, or are you struggling to get through all of the pages?
One of the big symbols and art pieces in this section is Dante’s death mask. I wasn’t really familiar with the practice of making a death mask before reading this book, so, of course, I had to do a little research. I enjoyed this article from Biography that showed a couple of death masks that have been made throughout history. Make sure to check out the article if you want to see a large picture of Dante’s mask, and if you want to see what Napoleon Bonaparte looked like at the time of his death.
How surprised were you when Sienna pushed Vayentha, the woman who had been chasing them, through the cloth ceiling? Do you feel like Sienna was justified to kill Vayentha, especially since we weren’t really sure who she was, who she was working for, or if she really wanted to harm them?
What did you think when Langdon and Sienna found the death mask and then found all of that text on the back? Do you think it is believable that someone would deface a priceless piece of history just to leave a clue?
Finally, what do you think of Dr. Ferris, the man who flew Langdon to Florence and supposedly works for the World Health Organization? I think it is suspicious that he shows up all of a sudden and has that terrible rash. Do you think he’s being honest that he is having an allergic reaction, or do you believe Langdon and think that he might be contaminated with the plague? That chapter with the flashback about FS-2080 and Zobrist was confusing. Do you think Dr. Ferris is FS-2080, or do you think this chapter is meant to confuse us and it is really someone else?
Ok, there was so much more in this section that I didn’t talk about, so feel free to mention your favorite part in the comments section. And, if you have any questions or theories, make sure to mention those as well.
I hope you’re able to finish the book in time for our discussion next week! I am excited to hear your thoughts.