Group 2:
Paul Evrard
Sarah Gorman
Devon Bray
Ian Edgecomb
Chester Jacobs
Todd Shaw

Location: Mr. Shaw's Room

Poetry for Lost Symbol by Ian Edgecomb

The Knights
They hid it away long ago,
the knowledge of the ages.
They knew that it would change the world,
but the time for it had not come.
Many have searched for this great pyramid,
but none have ever survived.

The Secret
The knowledge of ages,
That’s what it was called.
The power it gave could crumble governments,
It could bring a beggar to lead a nation.
The knowledge was to rule all.

He has searched and found many secrets.
He has friends in high places because of it.
He searches for a new secret, to save a dear friend.
He uncovers secrets of his friends past.
He sees the knowledge the old ones had masked.

The Masons
A secret order that seems not so secret.
A 33rd degree that keeps hidden from all.
All will be revealed or so the decree does say.
But the one who seeks, the knowledge of ages, find its not the case.
He is impatient, he is young, he will not be accepted, the knowledge will not be his.
So he searches, and kills, but it still escapes his grasp.
He will never find it, even as his last breath vacates his body.

He is the bastard son.
The murderer of his life was his father.
He died once and arose anew.
His father left, mourning his death, and never expected the attack.
Now his father is dying, by his sons hand, for he has become a monster.
The knowledge is not his, it never will be, though he searches it will not be found.
His father holds dear, the place of the treasure, and he shall not emit but a sound.

The Treasure
Though many have searched, none have found.
The metaphor in the clues, has destroyed what progress they made.
The have spent their life searching, but many have died in the search.
The Treasure is not physical, it is not possible to hold.
The know not that they search for knowledge, they think of only gold.
Only one group knows the answer, only the know where it is.
Only the 33rd degree will know the truth, and only the most loyal of them.
The hider of one clue, is not part of them.
It is safer out of the order, the ones who search, will not search him.
He is safe, and far from the brotherhood.
He, will never be found.


Preface: The two friends had just finished working out at their local YMCA. Through casual conversation, the fact gets presented to them that they had both recently read Tthe Lost Symbol By Dan Brown, they start talking on their way out.

Dwight: After reading the book, one fact seems to puzzle me about the intentions of the book, it has to do with the tell-all video that Mal'akh shot.

Jim: What's that?

Dwight: Well the whole premise of the story is that if the video does get released, the public would revolt with distrust against the fraternity, who's members are deeply incorporated into our government in society. The seemly strange rituals preformed by the masons would shock the public, be twisted by many to blame them for issues of the day and propel themselves further into their respective rolls.

Jim: Okay, what's the issue?

Dwight: Well didn't Brown do this by writing this book? Didn't he show, In detail and with great factual support, the ways of the masons? In the preface of this book, it says that all of the respective facts about each group are in fact true.

Jim: You're failing to consider the buffer that Brown provided, with most of his Novel. The explained that the Masons should be treated like any other people in any other religion / group. He showed through the story that they should be trusted, and that they have and had a very positive effect on this country.

Dwight: Wouldn't the whole conflict of the book be avoided if there were no masons in the first place? I mean, a lot of people would have been saved if Peter never gave Zach the choice of wealth or wisdom, a test set up by Masons. Peter's mother would have been saved!

Jim: I guess you're right, but those are fictional characters, not real life implications, like the establishment of enlightenment in this country, and the high morale values that they have imparted on us today.

Dwight: I've got to get to the office, we'll continue this conversation later.

Jim: Bye Dwight.

(Treadmills humming in the background)
Joe: “Hey Frank, I just finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I’m amazed that I am able to stand up. I began reading three days ago but have barely put it down. The non-stop action, it was so thrilling. Although this is my first time leaving the house in the last three days, I would be willing to do it all over again.”
Frank: I agree there was non-stop action, but I thought that there was too much action. I wanted the book to end at the mid-way point. It was as if I had used up all my adrenaline and crashed. The last half of the book simply dragged on and on.”
Joe: “But it was a masterpiece combining Katherine’s Noetic Science, Langdon’s symbology, Peter’s masonic background, family relations, national security, all the while including danger and death.”
Frank: “But some of this is not even believable. Our thoughts having a mass, and being able to change the world. That is outrageous! Also, the pace was just too fast to enjoy. I would finally begin to understand what was actually occurring when, WHAM, there was a new development.
Joe: “But you have to admit the way that Dan Brown used the background on the Solomon to set up the end of the book was brilliant. Having Mal’akh end up being Zachary Solomon, was so brilliantly done I can’t really describe it in words.”
Frank: “You enjoyed the whole family conflict? I thought that it was well written but the whole idea was just terrible. The son trying to kill his whole family to get revenge on his father for trying to teach him a lesson. The idea is so terrible.”
Joe: “Okay, but the setting is genius. Connecting all of the masonic stuff to our nation’s capital.”
Frank: “It was a cool choice, but there were so many different buildings and places. I got so confused. The only way I would have been able to understand it, would have been walking around the capital with book in hand, retracing Langdon’s steps.”
Joe: “I don’t know about you, but I am going to recommend this book to everyone. Everybody should have the opportunity to experience the magic that comes with reading it.”
Frank: “You can do that, but I’m certainly not going to recommend it because I simply did not love the book.”

Katherine was already in a state of shock and terror. She shivered as if she was freezing, but the intense heat she felt on her skin from the lights above her was almost burning. Between the destruction of her precious lab containing all of her knowledge of noetic science along with the abduction of her brother Peter and the subsequent amputation of his arm, Katherine was as good as spent. She hung her head and attempted to shake the daze she was in. The huge tattooed man had bound her to the chair in which she was now sitting, facing the directly into the center of the small basement room. Katherine seemed to sense someone approaching; muffled footsteps and labored breathing could be heard from beyond the closed door. Then he entered; the man’s body was as much a piece of art as any painting Katherine had ever seen, and over his shoulder hung the limp body of her friend, Professor Robert Langdon. The man set Langdon on the cold ground with one last strained exhale of breath. Then they waited. In the painful silence it seemed like years before Landon came around. Their captor seemed to be in a meditative state, as if he were preparing himself for an emotionally challenging task. If this man was capable of everything he had done so far, Katherine thought, his conscious must be so far gone that anything else me may have been planning wouldn’t be difficult at all.
“Robert!”, Katherine whispered, in any attempt to make contact with her injured colleague.
What happened next was new to Katherine. The evil she witnessed was at such a level that she had never been able to conceive before. Having finally noticed Langdon’s consciousness after being startled out of his trance by Katherine’s voice, the tattooed man once again approached Langdon. This time he swung his arms under Langdon’s body and lurched him into a dark steel box laying on the ground in the back of the room. Robert would later describe his experience in this water-tight tank as one of both birth and death. But witnessing the drowning of her friend first hand was as much torture to Katherine as it was to the victim himself.
Interview with Dan Brown on the Today Show.