The sarcophagus, like many in Rome, was askew with the wall, positioned awkwardly.
Through the barrier she could see the front of the sarcophagus.
Recessed in the alcoves, as far as the lights let them see, the hulking shadows of sarcophagi loomed.
The grave decisions facing the camerlegno required information …. information entombed in a sarcophagus in the Vatican Grottoes.
Rising before him, the niche’s sole contents seemed ironically apropos-a single sarcophagus.
And soon, he realized, as he saw the barrel of the gun appear in the opening beneath the sarcophagus.
The sarcophagus over Langdon’s head suddenly seemed to rise on its side.
With a raw grinding, the sarcophagus slid off the supports and landed on the floor.
There was no frustrated pounding outside the overturned sarcophagus.
He had mentioned that papal sarcophagi were above ground and never cemented shut, a throwback to the days of the pharaohs when sealing and burying a casket was believed to trap the deceased’s soul inside.
The bruise from the falling sarcophagus, although painful, was insignificant …. well worth the compensation that lay before him.
Langdon lay trapped beneath the overturned sarcophagus and felt his mind careening dangerously close to the brink.
He tried to use his legs to lift as he had before, but now that the sarcophagus had fallen flat, there was no room even to straighten his knees.
As the claustrophobic panic closed in, Langdon was overcome by images of the sarcophagus shrinking around him.
"Sarcophagus," he stated aloud, with as much academic sterility as he could muster.
Sarcophagus is from the Greek "sarx"meaning "flesh," and "phagein" meaning "to eat."
Just a simple hole in the wall, beyond which lay a small grotto and a meager, crumbling sarcophagus.
Deep in the Vatican Grottoes, Cardinal Mortati knelt alone before the open sarcophagus.
He gazed one last time into the sarcophagus before him, and then stood up.
The guards came forward and with enormous effort slid the lid of the Pope’s sarcophagus back into place.
A chance for forgiveness," he said to His Holiness, laying the urn inside the sarcophagus at the Pope’s side.
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