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  • Tonight, the cavernous nave of Saint-Sulpice was as silent as a tomb, the only hint of life the faint smell of incense from mass earlier that evening.
  • Its long central section—the nave—led directly to the main altar, where it was transversely intersected by a shorter section, known as the transept.
  • The intersection of nave and transept occurred directly beneath the main cupola and was considered the heart of the church… her most sacred and mystical point.
  • On the back, Collet found notations scrawled in English, describing a cathedral’s long hollow nave as a secret pagan tribute to a woman’s womb.
  • Unlike most churches, however, it had its entrance on the side, rather than the standard rear of the church via the narthex at the bottom of the nave.
  • Sophie drew a startled breath as she looked down the length of the abbey’s nave, the full magnitude of the building now visible.
  • At that moment, a hundred yards down the nave, out of sight behind the choir screen, the stately tomb of Sir Isaac Newton had a lone visitor.
  • Pacing now near the corner of the choir screen, he took a deep breath and glanced up the long nave toward the main altar in the distance.
  • Langdon and Sophie moved slowly down the north aisle, keeping to the shadows behind the ample pillars that separated it from the open nave.
  • Despite having traveled more than halfway down the nave, they still had no clear view of Newton’s tomb.
  • The entire section of the nave near Newton’s tomb was deserted.
  • Sophie turned and scanned the nave.
  • Taking several steps back from the tomb, Langdon peered around the choir screen to his right, across the nave to the side opposite that which they had descended.
  • A dramatic, circular edifice with a daunting facade, a central turret, and a protruding nave off one side, the church looked more like a military stronghold than a place of worship.
  • Crossing the massive nave on a diagonal, Langdon and Sophie remained silent as the elaborate sepulchre revealed itself in tantalizing increments… a black-marble sarcophagus… a reclining statue of Newton… two winged boys… a huge pyramid… and… an enormous orb.

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