friday april 27th 2001
"THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE":
framework of the novel is the search for a treasure hidden in a place that
is above suspicion, but very
accessible; the "Quest" is that of its location.
It uses the language of initiates (pp. 672 and 711):
"Finally, a lady appeared on
the threshold of the vestibule, a nurse dressed in a large blue mantle
marked with the red cross."
"The wind, blowing against her
rapid pace, billowed the long blue
veil that floated around her shoulders."
"Listen, think, reason, deduce
concerns (p. 742) a greenhouse...with regular arcades, near an old
detached house ("pavillon"); Patrice and Coralie discover there
a tombstone with an old inscription "In
golden letters worn smooth and soiled by the rain."
This is more than an allusion to Mgr PAVILLON, former Bishop of Aleth,
near the village of Serres, and the tombstone of the Shepherds of Arcadia,
containing the mysterious inscription.
This mysterious Tomb is linked to
the resurrection: because Patrice* and Coralie, walled up alive, will be saved from
asphyxiation at the last minute by Lupin:
"We are walled up in this Tomb, buried alive and
condemned to torture without being able to defend ourselves..."
"Then, and only then, Patrice realised clearly
that he and Coralie had escaped death, that they were both alive, and that
their Saviour must be this man
whose sleep indicated a state of total security and a satisfied conscience."
TO ATTAIN THIS TREASURE?
1° -This is a secret located in the RAZES (p .694) (RASESSE is the anagram of ESSARES)
"Ah! My old ESSARES, you refuse
to release your secret!."
2° - A secret whose nature is known
"Now, ESSARES, why do you want
us to compromise? We know your secret almost entirely..."
3° - A secret whose location is not
known (p. 702):
" – You know what it's about, but you are
ignorant of how to use it. You don't know, if one may say, the location of this secret. And therein lies everything."
Patrice must be read as a phonetic play on words: "Patre-IS",
that is, the Shepherd Jesus...
4° - A secret contained in the tomb
of Marie de NEGRE D’ABLES:
the novel, it is kept by a black,
silent as a tomb:
"Ya-Bon, a sort of colossus,
the colour of glistening coal,
with frizzy hair and a few curly hairs on the chin...
...Moreover, Ya-Bon had lost the faculty of speech."
"But in any case, what became certain was that Ya-Bon
knew the hiding place where the sacks of gold had accumulated..."
"He traced these two straight
lines which, with the wall's line, which he underlined in addition, formed a triangle. The golden triangle."
5° - How to locate this triangle?
"- And the golden triangle?
Still a mystery? Because after all, there's no trace of a triangle in all
this! Where is the golden triangle?
Do you have any ideas about this?"
- Near Aleth-les-Bains:
Secret is entirely hidden in the title of the novel. Is a triangle not
written D, and is it not pronounced DALETH in Hebrew, just like P. FERTE's
brilliant intuition about it, p. 88?
DALETH reads D’ALETH
- By the secret of ALCOR:
the novel, it was the safe of the banker ESSARES, whose
code was CORA, the first letters of the word CORAN, the key being
"N". (And not, as one might have believed, of Coralie, his
wife's first name).
"Those four turned to the
right, by successive notches, and according to a word, which was the
number of the lock, the word CORA."
reality, CORALIE holds the key to the secret; coralie,
in a phonetic play on words, is pronounced CORA LIS, which indicates that it is necessary to scramble CORAL
in order to go to IS.
-- CAROL -- CRAOL -- ALCOR -- CALOR.
"LA COMTESSE DE
CAGLIOSTRO", LUPIN discovered the secret of Alcor:
Lapidem Currebat Olim Regina"
"The Queen ("Reine") ran towards the stone in the
secret of Calor is that of the Philosopher's Stone, discovered by P.
It is also that of the fourth enigma of the magus CAGLIOSTRO.
Currebat Ad Lapidem Olim
Run towards the stone of the Rennes
of the past.
is the ancient name of Rennes (Reine in a phonetic play on words).
8° - The real key is the golden
number, the "N", page 703:
"...There is no key (instrument).
The fifth letter of the word, the N, is the letter of the central
9° - The treasure is hidden in a
pile of sand (page 843):
alias Don Louis PERENNA (anagram of Lupin) gives France a treasure of
three hundred million worth of gold hidden in a pile of sand on a bank of
"...Not only without those who were looking for
the gold being able to discover it there, but without even chance being
able to reveal its presence to anyone. But to think, in a pile of sand!
You look in a cellar, you look for anything that might form a grotto, a
cavern, anything that's a hole, excavation, well, sewer, underground
passage. But a pile of sand! Who would ever think of opening a little
window in it to see what was going on? Dogs stop at its edge, children
play and make sand pies, a railwayman stretches out and sleeps. Rain
softens it, the sun hardens it, snow clothes it in white, but that occurs
on the surface, on the part you can see. Inside, it's the impenetrable
mystery. Inside, there are unexplorable shadows. There's
no hiding place in the world equal to the interior of a pile of sand
displayed in a public place."
10° - Near Rennes:
= arena in Latin (in French, "arène", pronounced: "à
must go to the RAZES (§ 1), near Rennes (§ 10), to Aleth (§ 6); the
secret of Alcor (§ 7) indicates that you have to start looking at the
menhir of Aleth (the stone of the past), from where you have to measure
the golden number, "N" (§ 8).
This leads to the mine, where you have to search an entrance concealed
under a pile of sand (§ 9).
is indicated that the Tomb of Marie de Nègre contains the secret (§ 4).