The Da Vinci Code  达芬奇密码

Although the Grand Gallery housed the Louvre's most famous Italian art, many visitors felt the wing's most stunning offering was actually its famous parquet floor. Laid out in a dazzling geometric design of diagonal oak slats, the floor produced an ephemeral optical illusion—a multi-dimensional network that gave visitors the sense they were floating through the gallery on a surface that changed with every step.

静物画、宗教场面、风景画伴着贵族和政治家的画像。

As Langdon's gaze began to trace the inlay, his eyes stopped short on an unexpected object lying on the floor just a few yards to his left, surrounded by police tape. He spun toward Fache. "Is that... a Caravaggio on the floor?"

虽然大画廊里藏有卢浮宫最负盛名的意大利艺术品,但不少游客认为这个侧厅所奉献的最令人惊叹不已的东西却是它著名的嵌木拼花地板。它是由对顶的橡木块按着一种令人眼花缭乱的几何图案铺制而成的,能使人产生一种瞬间的视角幻觉,感觉它是一个立体网络,游客每移动一步都觉得是在大画廊里漂游。

Fache nodded without even looking.

兰登开始观看地板的镶饰。他的眼睛突然停留在他左边几码远处的地板上被警察用条带围起来的一个物体上。他没想到会看到这个。他匆忙跑向法希。"那,那地板上是一幅卡拉瓦乔的画作吗?"

The painting, Langdon guessed, was worth upward of two million dollars, and yet it was lying on the floor like a discarded poster. "What the devil is it doing on the floor!"

法希点了点头,却并没看它。

Fache glowered, clearly unmoved. "This is a crime scene, Mr. Langdon. We have touched nothing. That canvas was pulled from the wall by the curator. It was how he activated the security system."

兰登猜想这幅画作的价值可高达两百万美元,可现在它却象被丢弃的海报一样躺在地上。"见鬼,怎么会在地上!"

Langdon looked back at the gate, trying to picture what had happened.

法希看了一眼,显然是无动于衷。"这是犯罪现场,兰登先生。我们什么也没动。那画是馆长自己扯下来的。他就是那样启动安全系统的。"兰登转身看看大门,努力想象当时的情形。

"The curator was attacked in his office, fled into the Grand Gallery, and activated the security gate by pulling that painting from the wall. The gate fell immediately, sealing off all access. This is the only door in or out of this gallery."

"馆长在办公室里受到了袭击,他逃往大画廊,从墙上扯下这幅画,启动了防护门。防护门立刻落下,谁也无法进出,这是进出大画廊的唯一出口。"兰登被弄糊涂了。"那么馆长实际上抓住了袭击他的人,把他关在大画廊里面喽?"

Langdon felt confused. "So the curator actually captured his attacker inside the Grand Gallery?"

法希摇摇了头说:"防护门把索尼埃和袭击者隔开了。杀手被关在外面的走廊里,他通过这个门开枪打死索尼埃。"法希指着悬挂在他们刚爬过的那个门上的一个桔黄色的碎片说:"技术警察发现了枪回火时的残留物。他是透过栅栏射击的。索尼埃临终前,这里没有别人。"兰登想起了索尼埃尸体的照片。他们说索尼埃自己把自己弄成那样。兰登望着前方的巨大的长廊说:"那么尸体在哪里?"

Fache shook his head. "The security gate separated Saunière from his attacker. The killer was locked out there in the hallway and shot Saunière through this gate." Fache pointed toward an orange tag hanging from one of the bars on the gate under which they had just passed. "The PTS team found flashback residue from a gun. He fired through the bars. Saunière died in here alone."

法希扶正了自己的十字架领带夹开始往前走。"你很可能知道,画廊很长。"

Langdon pictured the photograph of Saunière's body. They said he did that to himself. Langdon looked out at the enormous corridor before them. "So where is his body?"

如果兰登没记错的话,确切的长度是约1,500 英尺,是三个华盛顿纪念碑对接后平放的长度。同样令人惊异的是长廊的宽度,可以轻而易举地容纳两列平行的火车客车。走廊的中央间或点缀着雕像和巨大的瓷瓮,这些雕像和瓷瓮正好形成一条很有品味的分界线,把人流分开,一边沿墙而前,一边沿墙而回。

Fache straightened his cruciform tie clip and began to walk. "As you probably know, the Grand Gallery is quite long."

法希不说话,沿着走廊右边大步疾驶,两眼盯着正前方。这么匆匆忙忙的从如此多的杰作旁走过,都没停下来看一眼,兰登觉得有失恭敬。

The exact length, if Langdon recalled correctly, was around fifteen hundred feet, the length of three Washington Monuments laid end to end. Equally breathtaking was the corridor's width, which easily could have accommodated a pair of side-by-side passenger trains. The center of the hallway was dotted by the occasional statue or colossal porcelain urn, which served as a tasteful divider and kept the flow of traffic moving down one wall and up the other.

不是因为在这种光线下,我什么也看不到,他想。

Fache was silent now, striding briskly up the right side of the corridor with his gaze dead ahead. Langdon felt almost disrespectful to be racing past so many masterpieces without pausing for so much as a glance.

很不幸,暗红的灯光使兰登回忆起他上次在灯光柔和的梵蒂冈秘密档案室的经历。今晚和上次他险些丧命罗马一样使人忐忑不安。维多利亚又闪现在他脑海里。他已好几个月没有梦到维多利亚了。兰登不敢想念在罗马的那桩子事过去才一年;他觉得晃如几十年。

Not that I could see anything in this lighting, he thought.

又活一辈子。他最后一次收到维多利亚的邮件是十二月份,那是一张明信片,她说她在动身去爪哇海以便继续在跟踪物理学方面的研究--用卫星追踪蝠鲼的迁徙情况。兰登从未幻想像维多利亚那样的女人会和他一起生活在校园里,但他们在巴黎的邂逅激发了一种他以前从未感受过的渴望。他多年来对单身生活的好感以及单身生活带来的自由感都被击得粉碎,取而代之的是过去的一年中与日俱增、始料未及的空虚感。

The muted crimson lighting unfortunately conjured memories of Langdon's last experience in noninvasive lighting in the Vatican Secret Archives. This was tonight's second unsettling parallel with his near-death in Rome. He flashed on Vittoria again. She had been absent from his dreams for months. Langdon could not believe Rome had been only a year ago; it felt like decades. Another life. His last correspondence from Vittoria had been in December—a postcard saying she was headed to the Java Sea to continue her research in entanglement physics... something about using satellites to track manta ray migrations. Langdon had never harbored delusions that a woman like Vittoria Vetra could have been happy living with him on a college campus, but their encounter in Rome had unlocked in him a longing he never imagined he could feel. His lifelong affinity for bachelorhood and the simple freedoms it allowed had been shaken somehow... replaced by an unexpected emptiness that seemed to have grown over the past year.

他们继续快步向前,但兰登还没看到尸体。"索尼埃跑这么远?"

They continued walking briskly, yet Langdon still saw no corpse. "Jacques Saunière went this far?"

"索尼埃腹部中弹后过了一段时间以后才死去的,或许十五到二十分钟。他显然是个很坚强的人。"兰登吃惊地转过身。"保安十五分钟才赶到这儿?"

"Mr. Saunière suffered a bullet wound to his stomach. He died very slowly. Perhaps over fifteen or twenty minutes. He was obviously a man of great personal strength."

"当然不是。卢浮宫的保安听到警报后,立即做出了反应,但发现大画廊的门被封住了。透过门,他们能听到有人在长廊的那一头挪动,但他们看不清到底是谁。他们大声喊,但没人应答。他们想唯一可能是罪犯,于是他们按规定叫来了司法警察。我们到达后把封锁门抬高了一些以便人能爬过去。我派了十来个警察进去。他们迅速搜遍长廊,希望抓住罪犯。

Langdon turned, appalled. "Security took fifteen minutes to get here?"

"结果呢?"

"Of course not. Louvre security responded immediately to the alarm and found the Grand Gallery sealed. Through the gate, they could hear someone moving around at the far end of the corridor, but they could not see who it was. They shouted, but they got no answer. Assuming it could only be a criminal, they followed protocol and called in the Judicial Police. We took up positions within fifteen minutes. When we arrived, we raised the barricade enough to slip underneath, and I sent a dozen armed agents inside. They swept the length of the gallery to corner the intruder."

"他们发现里面没人。除了……"他朝长廊远处指去。"他"。

"And?"

兰登抬起头顺着法希的手指望去。起初他以为法希在指长廊中间的巨型大理石雕像。

"They found no one inside. Except..." He pointed farther down the hall. "Him."

但他们继续往前走时,兰登能够看清比雕像更远的东西。在三十码开外的廊厅里,一只挂在便携式灯杆上的聚光灯照在地板上,形成了这暗红色画廊里一座极为光亮的"岛屿"。在光环的中央,索尼埃赤裸的尸体躺在嵌木拼花地板上,像显微镜下的一只昆虫。

Langdon lifted his gaze and followed Fache's outstretched finger. At first he thought Fache was pointing to a large marble statue in the middle of the hallway. As they continued, though, Langdon began to see past the statue. Thirty yards down the hall, a single spotlight on a portable pole stand shone down on the floor, creating a stark island of white light in the dark crimson gallery. In the center of the light, like an insect under a microscope, the corpse of the curator lay naked on the parquet floor.

"你看到过照片,所以不太吃惊了吧。"法希说。

"You saw the photograph," Fache said, "so this should be of no surprise."

雅克。索尼埃苍白的尸体躺在拼花地板上,和照片看到的一模一样。兰登站在尸体旁,在强光下眯着眼观察着。在惊愕中,他提醒自己,索尼埃在生命的最后几分钟把自己的身体摆成了这个奇怪的样子。

Langdon felt a deep chill as they approached the body. Before him was one of the strangest images he had ever seen.

就他这个年龄的人而言,索尼埃看起来健康极了,他所有的肌肉系统分布分明。他已脱下了身上的每一丝衣服,并把它整齐地放在地板上,躺在走廊的中央,和房间的长轴线完全处于同一条线上。他的手臂和腿向外张开,像一只完全展开的鹰,又像孩子们做的雪天使那样手腿叉开,或许更准确的说是像一个人被看不见的力量向四个方向拉扯着。

在索尼埃的胸骨稍下一点有一块血渍,子弹从这里穿过了他的肌肉。奇怪的是,伤口流血极少,地下只淤积一小片已变黑的血液。

The pallid corpse of Jacques Saunière lay on the parquet floor exactly as it appeared in the photograph. As Langdon stood over the body and squinted in the harsh light, he reminded himself to his amazement that Saunière had spent his last minutes of life arranging his own body in this strange fashion.

索尼埃食指也有血迹,显然他把食指插进了伤口,来制作他那最令人毛骨悚然的灵床。用自己的血作墨,以赤裸的腹部作画布,索尼埃画了非常简单的符号--五条直线相交而成的五角星。

Saunière looked remarkably fit for a man of his years... and all of his musculature was in plain view. He had stripped off every shred of clothing, placed it neatly on the floor, and laid down on his back in the center of the wide corridor, perfectly aligned with the long axis of the room. His arms and legs were sprawled outward in a wide spread eagle, like those of a child making a snow angel... or, perhaps more appropriately, like a man being drawn and quartered by some invisible force.

五角形护身符。

Just below Saunière's breastbone, a bloody smear marked the spot where the bullet had pierced his flesh. The wound had bled surprisingly little, leaving only a small pool of blackened blood.

这颗血星以索尼埃的肚脐为中心,这使尸体更显得令人恐怖。照片已令兰登不寒而栗,现在亲自到了现场,兰登更是吓得魂不附体。

Saunière's left index finger was also bloody, apparently having been dipped into the wound to create the most unsettling aspect of his own macabre deathbed; using his own blood as ink, and employing his own naked abdomen as a canvas, Saunière had drawn a simple symbol on his flesh—five straight lines that intersected to form a five-pointed star.

他自己弄成这样。

The pentacle.

"兰登先生?"法希的黑眼睛又在盯着他。

The bloody star, centered on Saunière's navel, gave his corpse a distinctly ghoulish aura. The photo Langdon had seen was chilling enough, but now, witnessing the scene in person, Langdon felt a deepening uneasiness.

"这是巫术中的五角形护身符。"兰登说。他的声音在这么大的空间里显得有些沉闷。"这是世界上最早的一个符号,公元前四千年以前使用的。""它代表什么?"

He did this to himself.

在回答这个问题时兰登总是有些犹豫。告诉一个人一个符号"意味"着什么就如同告诉人家听一首歌时感受如何一样不好说--各人的感觉都不一样。三K 党的白巾在美国是仇恨和种族主义的形象,而在西班牙同样的服饰则表示一种宗教信仰。

"Mr. Langdon?" Fache's dark eyes settled on him again.

"符号在不同的环境下表示的意思也不一样。"兰登说。"五角形主要是一种异教符号。"

"It's a pentacle," Langdon offered, his voice feeling hollow in the huge space. "One of the oldest symbols on earth. Used over four thousand years before Christ."

法希点点头。"魔鬼崇拜。"

"And what does it mean?"

"不对。"兰登纠正道。他马上就意识到自己的用词应该更准确一些。

Langdon always hesitated when he got this question. Telling someone what a symbol "meant" was like telling them how a song should make them feel—it was different for all people. A white Ku Klux Klan headpiece conjured images of hatred and racism in the United States, and yet the same costume carried a meaning of religious faith in Spain.

当今,表示异教的词pagan 几乎成了"魔鬼崇拜"的同义词--这是一种完全错误的观念。这个词的词根可以追溯到拉丁语的paganus,它指的是住在乡下的人。"异教徒"本来的字面意思是指那些没有接受任何宗教灌输,还恪守古老的自然神崇拜的乡下人。事实上,教会非常害怕那些住在乡下村镇(villes)里的人,以至于原本那个表示村民的词vilain 后来竟用来表示"恶棍"了。

"Symbols carry different meanings in different settings," Langdon said. "Primarily, the pentacle is a pagan religious symbol."

"五角形",兰登解释说。"是一个在基督教产生之前,有关自然崇拜的符号。"古人认为世界由两部分组成--一半雄性,一半雌性。神和女神共同作用保持力量平衡,即阴阳平衡。当阴阳平衡时,世界就处于和蔼的状态下。不平衡时,世界就一片混乱。然后兰登又指向索尼埃的肚子说:"这个五角形代表万物中阴性的那一半--一个宗教史学家称为‘神圣女性’或‘神圣女神’概念。索尼埃应该知道这个。""索尼埃在自己肚子上画了女神符号?"

Fache nodded. "Devil worship."

兰登必须承认,这似乎有点怪。"最具体的解释,五角星象征维纳斯--代表女人性爱和美的女神。"法希看了看那裸休男人,咕哝了一声。

"No," Langdon corrected, immediately realizing his choice of vocabulary should have been clearer.

"早期宗教都是基于大自然神性的秩序之上的,女神维纳斯(Venus)和金星(Venus)是同一的。女神在夜空中也有一席之地,夜空中的女神有许多名字--金星、东方之星、伊师塔、阿斯塔蒂等,都是些充满活力的与自然和大地母亲密切相关的阴性概念。"兰登决定不告诉他五角星形最令人吃惊的特征--它的形状源于金星。当兰登还是个初出茅庐的天文学专业的学生时,他就吃惊地了解到金星每四年在空中的运行轨迹正是一个正五角形。古人观察到这种现象,对之敬畏之至,于是金星和五角星便成了至善至美和周期性的性爱的象征。为礼赞金星的神奇,希腊人以四年为一个循环来组织奥林匹克运动会。现今很少有人知道现在每四年一届的现代奥林匹克运动会是沿袭了金星的周期。更少有人知道五角星差点成了奥运会的正式标志,只是到了最后一刻才将五个尖角换成了五个相互联结的环以更好地体现奥运会包容与和谐的精神。

Nowadays, the term pagan had become almost synonymous with devil worship—a gross misconception. The word's roots actually reached back to the Latin paganus, meaning country-dwellers. "Pagans" were literally unindoctrinated country-folk who clung to the old, rural religions of Nature worship. In fact, so strong was the Church's fear of those who lived in the rural villes that the once innocuous word for "villager"—villain—came to mean a wicked soul.

法希突然说:"兰登先生,五角星显然也和恶魔有关。你们美国的恐怖电影清楚地表明了这一点。"兰登皱起了眉头。真谢谢你,好莱坞。在系列恶魔杀手电影中,五角星几乎每次都出现,它通常和其他被指责为恶魔符号的东西一道被胡乱地画在某些恶魔杀手住所的墙上。

"The pentacle," Langdon clarified, "is a pre-Christian symbol that relates to Nature worship. The ancients envisioned their world in two halves—masculine and feminine. Their gods and goddesses worked to keep a balance of power. Yin and yang. When male and female were balanced, there was harmony in the world. When they were unbalanced, there was chaos." Langdon motioned to Saunière's stomach. "This pentacle is representative of the female half of all things—a concept religious historians call the 'sacred feminine' or the 'divine goddess.' Saunière, of all people, would know this."

每当在这种情形下看到这个符号,兰登就感到非常不快。五角星真正的起源是神圣的。

"Saunière drew a goddess symbol on his stomach?"

"我可以肯定地告诉你。"兰登说。"尽管如你在电影中所见,把五角星被解读为恶魔,但从史学的角度讲,这并不准确。它起初的女性含义是正确的。但一千年来,五角星的象征意义被歪曲了。在这个案子上,还流了血。""我不敢肯定我听懂了。"

Langdon had to admit, it seemed odd. "In its most specific interpretation, the pentacle symbolizes Venus—the goddess of female sexual love and beauty."

兰登看了一眼法希的十字架。他下面的表达有些语无伦次。"教会,先生,象征符号是很弹性的,五角星符号的意义被早期的罗马天主教会给更改了。作为梵蒂冈清除异教并使大众皈依基督教的运动的一部分,天主教会掀起了一个污蔑异教神和异教女神的运动,把他们的神圣的象征符号重新解释为邪恶的符号。""讲下去。"

Fache eyed the naked man, and grunted.

"这种现象在混乱年代也是常见的。"兰登接着说。"一种新出现的力量会取代现存的象征符号并长期贬损它们以图彻底抹掉它们的意义。在异教象征和基督教象征的争斗中,异教徒输了。海神波塞冬的三叉戟成了恶魔的草叉,象征智慧的锥形尖顶帽成了女巫的象征,金星的五角形成了邪恶的象征。"兰登停了停。"不幸的是,美国军方也曲解了五角星,现在他成了最重要的战争符号。我们把它涂在战斗机上,挂在将军们的肩膀上。"爱与美女神竟承受这么多不幸。

"Early religion was based on the divine order of Nature. The goddess Venus and the planet Venus were one and the same. The goddess had a place in the nighttime sky and was known by many names—Venus, the Eastern Star, Ishtar, Astarte—all of them powerful female concepts with ties to Nature and Mother Earth."

"有意思。"法希边说边朝像展开的鹰一样的尸体点了点头。"那么,尸体的放置?你从中看到了什么?"

Fache looked more troubled now, as if he somehow preferred the idea of devil worship.

兰登耸耸肩。"这种放置只是巩固了五角星和阴性神灵的关联。"

Langdon decided not to share the pentacle's most astonishing property—the graphic origin of its ties to Venus. As a young astronomy student, Langdon had been stunned to learn the planet Venus traced a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every four years. So astonished were the ancients to observe this phenomenon, that Venus and her pentacle became symbols of perfection, beauty, and the cyclic qualities of sexual love. As a tribute to the magic of Venus, the Greeks used her four-year cycle to organize their Olympiads. Nowadays, few people realized that the four-year schedule of modern Olympic Games still followed the cycles of Venus. Even fewer people knew that the five-pointed star had almost become the official Olympic seal but was modified at the last moment—its five points exchanged for five intersecting rings to better reflect the games' spirit of inclusion and harmony.

法希脸茫然。"对不起,我没明白。"

"Mr. Langdon," Fache said abruptly. "Obviously, the pentacle must also relate to the devil. Your American horror movies make that point clearly."

"复制。重复一个符号是强化它的意义最简单的方法。雅克。索尼埃把自己放置成了五角星的形状。"一个五角星很好,两个更好。

Langdon frowned. Thank you, Hollywood. The five-pointed star was now a virtual cliché in Satanic serial killer movies, usually scrawled on the wall of some Satanist's apartment along with other alleged demonic symbology. Langdon was always frustrated when he saw the symbol in this context; the pentacle's true origins were actually quite godly.

法希又把手插进了油光光的头发里,眼睛朝索尼埃的五个角看去--胳膊、腿和头。

"I assure you," Langdon said, "despite what you see in the movies, the pentacle's demonic interpretation is historically inaccurate. The original feminine meaning is correct, but the symbolism of the pentacle has been distorted over the millennia. In this case, through bloodshed."

"有意思的分析。"他停了一下又说:"那为什么裸体?"他有些不满地说道,好像很讨厌看到一个老年男人的裸体。"他为什么把衣服都脱了?"

"I'm not sure I follow."

兰登心想,真是好问题。从第一眼看到宝丽莱快照,他就一直对这个问题疑惑不解。

Langdon glanced at Fache's crucifix, uncertain how to phrase his next point. "The Church, sir. Symbols are very resilient, but the pentacle was altered by the early Roman Catholic Church. As part of the Vatican's campaign to eradicate pagan religions and convert the masses to Christianity, the Church launched a smear campaign against the pagan gods and goddesses, recasting their divine symbols as evil."

他最接近的猜测是,裸体是性爱女神维纳斯赞许的事情。虽然现代文化已基本清除维纳斯与男女身体结合的关联,但对词源有研究的人,仍然可以敏锐地发觉"维纳斯(Venus)"

"Go on."

本意中有与"性交"(Venereal)有关联的蛛丝马迹。不过,兰登不打算讨论那些。

"This is very common in times of turmoil," Langdon continued. "A newly emerging power will take over the existing symbols and degrade them over time in an attempt to erase their meaning. In the battle between the pagan symbols and Christian symbols, the pagans lost; Poseidon's trident became the devil's pitchfork, the wise crone's pointed hat became the symbol of a witch, and Venus's pentacle became a sign of the devil." Langdon paused. "Unfortunately, the United States military has also perverted the pentacle; it's now our foremost symbol of war. We paint it on all our fighter jets and hang it on the shoulders of all our generals." So much for the goddess of love and beauty.

"法希先生,显然我说不出为什么索尼埃在自己身上画那样的符号,也说不清为什么他那样放置自己,但是我可以告诉你,像雅克。索尼埃那样的人会视五角星符号为一种阴性神灵。这个符号和阴性神灵之间的关联是广为艺术史学家和符号象征学专家所知的。""好的。那么他为什么用自己的血当墨?"

"Interesting." Fache nodded toward the spread-eagle corpse. "And the positioning of the body? What do you make of that?"

"但显然,他没有别的东西可供写字。"

Langdon shrugged. "The position simply reinforces the reference to the pentacle and sacred feminine."

法希沉默了片刻。"我认为事实上他使用血和警察履行某些法医检查程序有相似之处。"

Fache's expression clouded. "I beg your pardon?"

"我不明白。"

"Replication. Repeating a symbol is the simplest way to strengthen its meaning. Jacques Saunière positioned himself in the shape of a five-pointed star." If one pentacle is good, two is better.

"看他的左手。"

Fache's eyes followed the five points of Saunière's arms, legs, and head as he again ran a hand across his slick hair. "Interesting analysis." He paused. "And the nudity?" He grumbled as he spoke the word, sounding repulsed by the sight of an aging male body. "Why did he remove his clothing?"

兰登顺着馆长苍白的手臂一直看到他的左手,但什么也没有看到。他不敢肯定是否的确什么也看不到,于是围着尸体转了一圈,最后蹲下了,这时他才吃惊地发现馆长手里抓着一只很大的毡头标记笔。

Damned good question, Langdon thought. He'd been wondering the same thing ever since he first saw the Polaroid. His best guess was that a naked human form was yet another endorsement of Venus—the goddess of human sexuality. Although modern culture had erased much of Venus's association with the male/female physical union, a sharp etymological eye could still spot a vestige of Venus's original meaning in the word "venereal." Langdon decided not to go there.

"我们找到索尼埃时,他手里就攥着它。"法希边说边离开兰登,走过几码,走到一张摊满调查工具、电线和配套的电子设备的便携式桌子旁。"我给你讲过。"他边说边在桌子上翻弄东西。"我们什么都没动。你熟悉这种笔吗?"

"Mr. Fache, I obviously can't tell you why Mr. Saunière drew that symbol on himself or placed himself in this way, but I can tell you that a man like Jacques Saunière would consider the pentacle a sign of the female deity. The correlation between this symbol and the sacred feminine is widely known by art historians and symbologists."

兰登跪得更近一些,以便能看清笔的牌子。笔上有法文:黑光笔。

"Fine. And the use of his own blood as ink?"

他吃惊地向上看了一眼。

"Obviously he had nothing else to write with."

黑光笔或曰水印笔是一种特殊毡头标记笔,原由博物馆、修复专家或反赝品警察设计用来在物品上作隐形标记用的。这种笔用的是一种非腐蚀性的,以酒精为主料的荧光墨水。这种墨水只有在紫外线、红外线等"黑光"下才可见。现在博物馆的维护人员在日常工作中也常带这种笔,以方便在需要修复的画作的画框上打个勾,作个标记。

Fache was silent a moment. "Actually, I believe he used blood such that the police would follow certain forensic procedures."

兰登站起来后,法希走到聚光灯前把它关掉了。画廊顿时一片漆黑。

"I'm sorry?"

一时间,兰登什么也看不见,一种莫名的感觉突然袭来。法希的轮廓在强烈的紫光下显现出来。他拿着一个手提式光源走来,浑身裹在紫罗兰色的薄雾中。

"Look at his left hand."

"你也许知道。"法希说。他的眼睛在微暗的紫罗兰光中发着光。"警察用黑光照明,在犯罪现场找血渍和其他法医证据。所以你可以想象得出我们是多么吃惊……。"突然他把灯指向尸体。

Langdon's eyes traced the length of the curator's pale arm to his left hand but saw nothing. Uncertain, he circled the corpse and crouched down, now noting with surprise that the curator was clutching a large, felt-tipped marker.

兰登低头看了一眼,吓得往后一跳。

"Saunière was holding it when we found him," Fache said, leaving Langdon and moving several yards to a portable table covered with investigation tools, cables, and assorted electronic gear. "As I told you," he said, rummaging around the table, "we have touched nothing. Are you familiar with this kind of pen?"

当他看到拼花地板上奇怪的发光现象,他的心脏怦怦直跳。馆长潦潦草草用荧光笔最后写下的字在尸体旁冷冷地发着紫光。

Langdon knelt down farther to see the pen's label.

兰登看着发着光的文字段落,感到今晚笼罩在他周围的迷雾更浓了。

STYLO DE LUMIERE NOIRE.

兰登又一次读完那些文字后抬头看法希。"见鬼,这到底是什么意思?"

He glanced up in surprise.

法希的眼睛发着白光。"先生,那正是你今晚到这儿来要回答的问题。"

The black-light pen or watermark stylus was a specialized felt-tipped marker originally designed by museums, restorers, and forgery police to place invisible marks on items. The stylus wrote in a noncorrosive, alcohol-based fluorescent ink that was visible only under black light. Nowadays, museum maintenance staffs carried these markers on their daily rounds to place invisible "tick marks" on the frames of paintings that needed restoration.

在不远处索尼埃的办公室里,科莱中尉正倚着一个架在馆长的大办公桌上的录音架。

As Langdon stood up, Fache walked over to the spotlight and turned it off. The gallery plunged into sudden darkness.

要不是有怪异的、机器人似的中世纪武士玩具在盯着他,科莱会感受到很舒服。他调整好自己的AKG 耳机,检查了硬盘录音系统上的输入电平情况。所有系统一切正常,麦克风半点毛病也没有,声音传输极为清晰。

Momentarily blinded, Langdon felt a rising uncertainty. Fache's silhouette appeared, illuminated in bright purple. He approached carrying a portable light source, which shrouded him in a violet haze.

此刻声音完全真实,他思忖着。

"As you may know," Fache said, his eyes luminescing in the violet glow, "police use black-light illumination to search crime scenes for blood and other forensic evidence. So you can imagine our surprise..." Abruptly, he pointed the light down at the corpse.

他面带微笑,闭上双眼,坐下来欣赏今天在大画廊内正在被录进去的谈话。

Langdon looked down and jumped back in shock.

His heart pounded as he took in the bizarre sight now glowing before him on the parquet floor. Scrawled in luminescent handwriting, the curator's final words glowed purple beside his corpse. As Langdon stared at the shimmering text, he felt the fog that had surrounded this entire night growing thicker.

Langdon read the message again and looked up at Fache. "What the hell does this mean!"

Fache's eyes shone white. "That, monsieur, is precisely the question you are here to answer."

Not far away, inside Saunière's office, Lieutenant Collet had returned to the Louvre and was huddled over an audio console set up on the curator's enormous desk. With the exception of the eerie, robot-like doll of a medieval knight that seemed to be staring at him from the corner of Saunière's desk, Collet was comfortable. He adjusted his AKG headphones and checked the input levels on the hard-disk recording system. All systems were go. The microphones were functioning flawlessly, and the audio feed was crystal clear.

Le moment de vérité, he mused.

Smiling, he closed his eyes and settled in to enjoy the rest of the conversation now being taped inside the Grand Gallery.