.. t take note of the book. The death of Severinus also followed along with the Book of the Apostle, at the sound of the fourth trumpet, the third part of the sun will be smitten, and of the moon and the stars, so there will be almost complete darkness. They later realized that they had passed over the book. Benno had laughed mischievously when William looked at the book and dismissed it.
Therefore, Benno had known that this particular book was the one they were looking for and he did not tell them because he had to get this book back to Malachi in the library. The book was in Arabic and they had not thought that it did not fit in with all of Severinus other Greek and Latin books. They later found out that the book was not just a book, but that it was several works in several different languages. The cellarer, Remigio, was arrested for Severinus death because he was found at the scene of the crime making such a mess of the infirmary. Bernard Gui, one of the visitors, takes it upon himself to try the criminal as not just a murderer, but also as a heretic.
Remigio is later found guilty of heresy and confessed under pressure for murdering the herbalist, although he did not do it and everyone knew that. After Remigios trial, William advises his friend, Umbertino, that he should leave at once. This way Bernard Gui would not take it upon himself to try other persons accused of heresy, Umbertino being one of them. At Compline on this same day, the abbot was to speak but because of the happenings of the day, he asked the oldest person in the abbey to preach that evening. Technically Alinardo should have spoken, but because he was considered to have gone mad, the abbot asked Jorge to speak. Ironically, Jorge spoke on the topic of the Antichrists believed to be soon coming.
In his sermon he discretely tells the curious monks, that if they continue to violate the library, the abbey would never again regain its peace of previous times. He also stated that when the Antichrist is about to arrive or had arrived, that there would be a foreign king rise up in the West. He stated that this characteristic was showing through the Pope or the King of France at this point in time. The next day, the visitors left with their prisoner, Remigio, now gone mad. During this day at the first service, Malachi came in late. He was missed by Jorge who always sat next him.
When Malachi finally came in, he looked rather weak. During one of the hymns, when all the monks stood up, Malachi stood but then quickly collapsed onto the ground. William rushed over to his side and asked Malachi what he had seen, Malachi told him, He told me..truly..It had the power of a thousand scorpions.. When Malachi tried to speak again he could not, and died. William then had the idea to look at the hands and mouth: they were both black as night. Later on that day, the abbot asked to see the two monks in his quarters.
He asked what, if anything had been learned from or about the murders. The two had no reply for him. He then asked that no more investigation take place because he was ashamed of Williams inability to solve the mystery before so many had died. He told William and Adso to leave the next morning because he did not want them to travel in the night. This only made William want to find out the mysterious murderer even more than before.
During Compline, Jorge was missing but the Abbot instructed that the service must be started because he wanted to free his mind of any question of another death. When Jorge was still missing at dinner, some novices were sent to look for him , and they came back empty handed. All of the murders happened in accordance with the Book of the Apostle: the first in hail, Adelmo; the second in blood, Venantius; the third in water, Berengar; the fourth with the sun, moon and stars, Severinus; and the fifth with the sting of a thousand scorpions, Malachi. The death of Venantius gave the answer to the mystery. The coded message left on his desk in the Scriptorium had the key to opening the finis Africae, the room in the library the could not be easily entered. There was no door that opened to the room but there was a large mirror with an inscription in Latin above it that read: Super thronos viginti quantor.
The coded message that Venantius left said the first and seventh of four. Quantor means four in Latin, the first and seventh letters of quantor were the key to entering the finis Africae. They hurried to the library to try and save one more persons life, they were not sure whose. When they got to the entrance of the Aedificium, they heard a loud banging on the wall inside. They assumed that this was the person who was about to be killed.
They were right. When they arrived in the room where the finis Africae was, they pushed on the q and the r of the word quantor. The mirror slowly creaked and opened to reveal Jorge sitting at a desk with the book that they had seen and overlooked in the infirmary a few days earlier. Jorge had been waiting for them ever since the rise of the sun that morning. He knew that they would sooner or later figure out the mystery.
Jorge explained to them how he got people mad at others in order to kill the other person or got them so upset that they would kill themselves. The book that he held close to himself was an object of great envy among the monks that knew about it. Adelmo had killed himself because he had been having a relationship with Venantius and found out from Jorge that Venantius had a relationship with Berengar. Venantius died because he was looking at the book that Jorge, a long while ago, had laced with the missing poison from the infirmary. There was a group of pages stuck together and when the person licked his fingers to try and loosen the pages, the poison wold enter the mouth and the hands, causing the blackness on most all of the victims hands and mouths.
When the cellarer found Venantius body in the kitchen, he disposed of it in the barrel because he knew that they would accuse him of killing Venantius. Berengar also knew about the book and had access to it because he was the assistant librarian. He got to the shower room before the poison kicked in. Then he drowned in the water. Severinus then somehow got a hold of the book but the poison did not kill him, but rather the greed of the librarian killed him. The herbs that burned in one of the library rooms that induced visions, was a gathering of herbs that Severinus gave to the librarian regularly.
Malachi knew that Severinus had the book so when he would normally come to get the herbs, he took the book instead, and because Severinus was guarding the book until William got there, Malachi had no choice but to kill him. The closest object to the door was the armillary, it was just coincidence that it had a relation to the Book of the Apostle. Then finally when Malachi died, Jorge told him that the poison would have the sting of a thousand scorpions, just to stay with the whole Antichrist theme of the murders. All of the sequential order of the murders and their relation to the Antichrist were purely accidental except the last known death, Malachi. At this point the person in the small space below the finis Africae had stopped making noise. Jorge quickly informed them that the Abbot had figured him out also and that there was another entrance to the room, from the ossarium. Jorge had blocked it when he came through earlier in the day.
In order to save the books reputation and his own name, Jorge then decided to eat the pages from the book that contained the poison. After struggling to save the book from Jorges mouth, William finally gave up and at that moment, Jorge began to drool a yellowish, slimy substance, which proved that he was the one who had stolen the poison from the infirmary. Jorge then snuffed the lamp and proceeded to leave the room, still stuffing paper into his mouth. The two younger monks then heard the door begin to creak, Jorge was sealing them inside the finis Africae! They rushed out before the door closed on them. Adso then relit the lamp and they chased after Jorge.
When they found him, he knocked the lamp onto the floor and in the process, set half the room on fire. He then threw the book into the inferno and fell over into the flames. Neither William or Adso had ever seen the face of the devil before this instant, but they were both positive that is what they saw that night just before Jorge died. The abbey was awakened by the fire and they helped to try to put the fire out but the paper from the books was constantly feeding the fire. The fire spread quickly to the other parts of the abbey, but it could not be put out.
The abbey burned for three days and three nights before it was finally under control. The reader is left overwhelmed by the powers of greed in destroying mens lives. The Name of the Rose.