By David Montgomery and Monica Hesse
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Step right up, folks, no ticket necessary for this symbologic tour of the secrets of Washington.
All you need is the secret handshake. Don’t know the handshake? Never mind. Neither do we.
Just stand at the curb at Union Station and say in unison the ancient phrase of the Freemasons: “Is there no help for the widow’s son?”
Excellent. Come on board our vehicle today, the Esoteric Omnibus, painted black with golden stars, squares, crosses, triangles, pyramids and all-seeing eyeballs.
You know why we’re here. Six years after his blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code,” Dan Brown’s next novel, “The Lost Symbol,” will hit stores Tuesday with a massive print run of 5 million copies. The book’s contents remain a secret deeper than the whereabouts of the Holy Grail and the location of Christ’s genome, but the cover shows a blood-red Masonic seal and the sun glinting behind the Capitol dome.
Hmmm. Masons, Washington. Washington, Masons . . . .