The Eternity Code - Prologue Summary & Analysis

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Prologue Summary

"The Eternity Code" by Eoin Coiffer is the third book in the Artemis Fowl series. After Jon Spiro steals the C Cube, a super computer built by Artemis Fowl using fairy technology, the fairies must help Artemis retrieve it, lest Spiro learn the secrets of their existence. "The Eternity Code" is an entertaining account of the criminal ventures of a thirteen-year-old genius.

In an excerpt from Artemis Fowl's diary, disk 2 (encrypted), Artemis explains that his business enterprises have thrived without parental influence for the past two years. He has sold the pyramids, forged and auctioned "Lost Diaries of Leonardo da Vinci", and even separated the fairy people from a large portion of their gold. Sadly, his freedom to plot is nearly at an end; his father is still unconscious at a hospital in Helsinki where he is recovering from a two-year imprisonment by the Russian mafia, but he will soon awaken and resume control of the Fowl finances. With two parents at Fowl Manor, it will be impossible for Artemis to conduct his illegal ventures undetected. It was not a problem before since his father was a bigger crook than he, but Mother has decided that the Fowls are going straight. Artemis still has time for one last job. He does not think his mother or the fairy folk would approve, so he just will not tell them.

Prologue Analysis

This novel begins with a Prologue which consists of an excerpt from the diary of Artemis Fowl, the main character and protagonist. Artemis mentions his successful, but illegal, business adventures. The most important example is the fact that he separated the fairy people from a large portion of their gold, as this indicates the existence of the fairies as well as Artemis's previous interactions with them. Unfortunately, Artemis's father has awakened after two years and will soon return home, making it difficult for him to continue his criminal projects since his parents have decided that the family is going to operate legally from now on. Artemis's announcement that he has time for one last job foreshadows that the novel will focus on this last job, and his belief that the fairy folk would not approve foreshadows that this last job will involve the fairies.

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