exactly, same for the "Oh I found a tomb" - if taken in the context of a great mystery would Sauniere write that down? If it was a secret of immense power would he just leave a casual reference to it?
People are seeing what they want to see and that's a mystery and we all love a mystery. If there was no mystery to refer to the entries would be seen for what they probably are, banal, everyday entries.
When you get taken in by a great story it can be sometimes hard to use a perspective that may contradict this great story especially if you have been believing it whole heartedly for a very long time. I'm sure HL realised quite long ago that the Sauniere story was sketchy to say the least and instead looked for something else to justify the effort he had expended on it. And you could say he found soomething, whether it is coincidence or whether it is part of a bigger picture that does actually involve Sauniere is another much deeper question. As it stands at the moment I would say much of the Sauniere story is fabrication, exaggeration and manipulation. Someone has/is manipulating history here. Why is again a big question. But you need to be prepared to use this perspective to get anywhere near the truth
Couldn't have said it better myself. Kudos, Davinho, well put.
I think Saunière wrote "découverte d'un tombeau" in his journal. Do we agree with that? So it is there, written by him. In his journal.
Then Sheila tried to make you belief that this expression may also mean something else and that it had to do with the heavy rains or storms or wind etc. - which does not make sense if you look really close at it.
So we have the fact that Saunière wrote that sentence in his journal. Interesting is to speculate about the reason why.
1. It does not say wether that tombeau is important or not, it just say that a person discovered it. If it was Saunière, then he probably located it in the western part of the cemetery (where his own "old" tomb first was). Such a discovery would without doubt merit a note in his journal. Saunière was not the "master mind" and illuminated person everybody wants to see. He was a puppet used by others. There is no "Saunière" secret. But it can be that he found such a tombeau and also wrote that down in his journal (for what else would he had used then a journal if not to mention such daily things??). Personally I strongly believe that he located at that time such an underground structure in the cemetery (that by the way is still there today!).
2. As the sentence does not say who really discovered it, it could also be, that he heard about that event or got if from a letter he received. Still merit to be put in a journal. No problem. Again: the sentence "découverte d'un tombeau" does not automatically may have a link to big secret of RLC. But fact is, someone discovered a tombeau and Saunière noted that.
So as a summary: I agree that nobody would put a "secret" information in his journal. No brainer. But nevertheless the expression découverte d'un tombeau is interesting as somebody discovered such a tombeau (not standard tomb).