The third day of The Name of the Rose was certainly an interesting one. Instead of immediately finding out what happened to Berengar after his disappearance, the focus is on Adso and his conversations. Adso’s discussions with people including William, Salvatore, and Ubertino were all focused on complex topics, so it took some re-reading for me to understand this section. Of course, it was pretty surprising to see Adso enter the library by himself and his eventual sin. Despite his naiveness, it was still evident to me from his conversations that Adso is self-aware of his weaknesses and has a desire to learn. It will be interesting to see how Adso’s character grows from this point on.
Even though the third day focused more on dialogue, Adso did include some of his thoughts on writing. After Beranger’s disappearance, Adso found many of the monks still working on their writing, which he was not surprised about. Adso said that “A monk should surely love his books with humility, wishing their good and not the glory of his own curiosity; but what the temptation of adultery is for laymen and the yearning for riches is for secular ecclesiastics, the seduction of knowledge is for monks” (Eco 196). The monks were so dedicated to learning and knowledge and writing that they were willing to die for it. Books were precious to these men, and as Adso said, “I was not surprised that the mystery of the crimes should involve the library” (Eco 197).
Source: Eco: Third Day