Dracula

Dracula: Chapter 22

  Chapter 22 Summary: Seward and Van Helsing report to the others that they found Renfield dead, his body bruised, his neck broken. The attendant outside Renfield’s room heard at least one voice—he was unsure if he heard two—before Renfield cried out “God!” repeatedly. Planning their next actions, the men agree to include Mina in …

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Dracula: Chapter 21

  Chapter 21 Summary: On the night of October 2-3, Dracula visits Mina for the third consecutive night. He enters her room again as a mist, and induces a stupor in Jonathan, who is in the room with Mina; she is unable to awaken her husband. Dracula drinks from Mina’s neck, who finds herself unable …

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Dracula: Chapter 20

  Chapter 20 Summary: Harker continues his search for Dracula’s earthen boxes. By bribing various manual laborers who worked with the boxes with money and alcohol, he discovers where several of the boxes have gone since their arrival at Carfax; most importantly, Harker learns that nine “main heavy” boxes were removed to a house in …

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Dracula: Chapter 19

  Chapter 19 Summary: On the night of September 30-October 1, the men investigate the chapel at Carfax, leaving Mina behind to (as they suppose) sleep, all of them being agreed that it is best for Mina not to become involved in the quest to destroy Dracula, nor even to know all the specifics of …

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Dracula: Chapter 18

  Chapter 18 Summary: Mina asks Seward if she can meet Renfield. To Seward’s surprise, Renfield converses at length with Mina in a calm, quite intelligent manner, professing to understand why he was placed in Seward’s asylum—“Why, I myself am an instance of a man who had a strange belief.” As Mina takes her leave, …

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Dracula: Chapter 17

  Chapter 17 Summary: While Jonathan is in Whitby, tracing the progress of the fifty boxes of earth shipped aboard the Demeter, Mina goes to the asylum to meet Seward. She listens to the phonograph rolls of Seward’s diary, in order to learn more about Lucy’s death, while he reads her and her husband’s diaries. …

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Dracula: Chapter 16

  Chapter 16 Summary: Van Helsing and the men stealthily enter the churchyard shortly before midnight. They find Lucy’s coffin again empty. Van Helsing relates to Arthur and Quincey what he and Seward found on their previous two visits to Lucy’s grave. He also relates that he visited the grave the previous day at sundown; …

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Dracula: Chapter 15

  Chapter 15 Summary: Van Helsing persuades Seward to accompany him to Lucy’s grave. They go at midnight and discover her coffin empty. Also in the graveyard, they spy a child being pursued by some larger, darker figure. They find the child before its throat has been injured, and leave it by the side of …

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Dracula: Chapter 14

  Chapter 14 Summary: Mina reads Jonathan’s journal, aghast at what her new husband suffered through—though whether it was reality or a fevered delusion, she knows not, until a letter from Van Helsing (who has discovered and read her letters to Lucy among the latter’s papers) leads her to fear Jonathan’s ordeal actually took place. …

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Dracula: Chapter 13

  Chapter 13 Summary: Morticians prepare Lucy’s corpse for its burial. Van Helsing makes his own ministrations to the body, placing garlic flowers and a crucifix on it. One of the family maids, however, steals the crucifix—although without being aware of her theft. Holmwood learns that Lucy’s mother has left her entire estate to him …

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