Foucault's Pendulum Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Who is Casaubon?

Casaubon is a University student who is studying Philology and writing a thesis about the Knights Templar. He is friends with Belbo and Diotallevi, and as the novel opens, he is trying to help Belbo, who believes he is being pursued by the Knights Templar.

2. What is Casaubon doing, as the novel opens?

At the beginning of the novel, Casaubon is looking at various exhibits at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers, and trying to find a hiding spot to avoid the night watch after the museum closes. He has been told to meet Belbo and his captors at the museum that night.

3. What does Belbo tell Casaubon during their phone call two days before the museum rendezvous?

Belbo tells Casaubon that he is in Paris, and that he is being pursued by the Knights Templar because of the Plan. Belbo tells Casaubon to find his computer and floppy disks in his apartment, and to review the information on them to find out what is going on. The call cuts out before Belbo can tell Casaubon the computer's password.

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