Day 09 – Best scene ever
The final reveal of the villain in Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.
Of course I’m not going to spoil you with what actually happens. Sufficed to say, however, the final discovery by William of Baskerville about the mastermind behind the series of murders inside an Italian abbey stands apart as one of the very few thoroughly satisfying denouements I’ve ever encountered in mystery fiction. The reveal builds upon the series of events which includes an actual inquisition, rife with dread and uncertainty that is characteristic of the Dark Ages. When the clues show that the deaths aren’t the done by the hand of a supernatural being but engineered by a very human mind, the implications doesn’t actually get any less terrifying.
It’s quite difficult to explain the significance of this scene without actually revealing much of the plot. The Name of the Rose is a daunting read but it is so, so worth the effort. If you’re into mystery, post-modernism, and the value of books and stories, you will find it very rewarding.