Any information to be inserted is first written on a papyrus scroll.
I know sheep’s vellum was more durable and more common in those days, but it had to be papyrus.
Before the papyrus was inserted into the cryptex’s compartment, it was rolled around a delicate glass vial.
Vinegar and papyrus, Sophie thought.
If someone attempted to force open the cryptex, the glass vial would break, and the vinegar would quickly dissolve the papyrus.
Sophie could see it contained photographs of what appeared to be magnified passages of ancient documents—tattered papyrus with handwritten text.
Strangely, though, the paper around the vinegar was not the customary delicate papyrus but rather, vellum.
The vinegar was streaming now, and Teabing pictured the papyrus dissolving within.
Without blinking, Langdon reached into the breast pocket of his tweed coat and carefully extracted a delicate rolled papyrus.
The papyrus verse was locked safely at its core—minus the shattered vial of vinegar.
He glanced at the papyrus in Marie’s hand, and then back at Rosslyn.
Langdon motioned to the papyrus in her hand.
She unrolled the papyrus and read the poem aloud in a deliberate tone.
As the sound of heavy footsteps thundered down the hall toward the Chapter House, Langdon quietly rolled the papyrus and slipped it back in his pocket.
No dissolving papyrus.
If the dials were properly aligned with the password, then one of the ends would slide off, much like a lens cap, and she could reach inside and remove the rolled papyrus document, which would be wrapped around the vial of vinegar.
That’s not papyrus," Teabing said.
Langdon looked down and realized he was holding Saunière’s papyrus.
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Many papyrus manuscripts were lost when the Library of Alexandria was burned.
Every afternoon, one of the senior counselors came around with a papyrus scroll checklist.