M Norton wrote:
Yes, you make the material discovery FIRST - THEN you announce its existence. Not vice-versa.
Yes, but it would appear that the material discovery has been made, and yet those "of the secret" (see the footnotes of the revised paperback edition of HBHG that I'm sure you have for more on that phrase) have chosen not to announce its existence, even those seemingly hungry for publicity and advancement, such as Monsieur Plantard.
Strange, is it not, that so many down the ages appear to have known what the secret is, and yet can't bring themselves to mention it? Why not? Fear? Shame? Because it would be considered shockingly bad form in their circle to do so? You'd have thought there'd have been at least one black sheep down the years who would have been indiscreet about it. And yet apparently not. That's quite fascinating really, isn't it? Don't you think?
The object is a material discovery, and it is precisely depicted in Sauniere's church. It is no longer in RLC, but it is in another Ecclesastical building... The reason for the reluctance of many parties in discussing it, is that, from a Catholic point of view (and from the point of view of a Catholic Aristocracy/Monarchy) it represents something deeply shameful. From a political point of view, its implications are more dubious in our present day, but would have been quite powerful only 100 years ago.
None of what "Roger" has written above is "real" - it is all a figment of his imagination.