Dracula

Dracula: Chapter 12

  Chapter 12 Summary: Seward and Van Helsing arrive at Hillingham, fearful of what they will find. They must force their way into the house, and inside they discover the unconscious maids, Lucy and her dead mother. The wounds on Lucy’s bare neck have reappeared. Van Helsing concludes that the only remedy is yet another …

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Dracula: Chapter 11

  Chapter 11 Summary: Seward and Van Helsing arrive at Lucy’s home the morning of September 13 to find, much to Van Helsing’s distress, that Lucy’s mother, finding the smell of garlic in her daughter’s room oppressive, removed the flowers from Lucy’s neck while Lucy slept and also opened the bedroom window for fresh air. …

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Dracula: Chapter 10

  Chapter 10 Summary: Arriving in Lucy’s room, Van Helsing and Seward are shocked to see how pale and weak she has become. Van Helsing prepares for an immediate blood transfusion. As he is getting ready for the operation, Holmwood arrives; glad for his arrival, for Holmwood is young and full of life and much …

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Dracula: Chapter 9

  Chapter 9 Summary: Mina makes her way to Hungary, where she finds Jonathan, still recovering in the hospital, “only a wreck of himself.” Nevertheless, the two are married there. Jonathan solemnly implores Mina not to read the journal he kept (while a prisoner in Castle Dracula); Mina agrees, and seals the book with wax …

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Dracula: Chapter 8

  Chapter 8   Summary: Lucy continues to suffer from sleepwalking episodes. In the early morning of August 11, she leaves the room, clad only in her lingerie, and makes her way down to the “suicide seat.” Mina awakens to find Lucy gone, and follows her. She catches a fleeting glimpse of some dark figure, …

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Dracula: Chapter 7

  Chapter 7 Summary: On the night of August 7-8, a terrific thunderstorm gathers and breaks over Whitby. During the height of the storm, a Russian schooner, the Demeter, speeds into the harbor, and is driven ashore seemingly by the force of the storm itself. Bizarrely, a corpse is lashed to the helm: “A great …

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Dracula: Chapter 6

  Chapter 6 Summary: Having continued his observations of and conversations with Renfield over a course of nearly three months, Dr. Seward comes to the conclusion that his patient is a “homicidal maniac,” but “of a peculiar kind.” He classifies Renfield as a “zoöphagous (life-eating) maniac,” who is trying to take into himself as much …

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Dracula: Chapter 5

  Chapter 5 Summary: In May, as the end of another academic term nears, Miss Mina Murray, an assistant schoolmistress and (as we know from previous chapters) the fiance of Jonathan Harker, writes to her close friend Lucy Westenra, inquiring in her postscript about “rumours… of a tall, handsome, curly-haired man.” Lucy writes back to …

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Dracula: Chapter 4

  Chapter 4 Summary: Harker awakens in his own bed, and surmises that Dracula himself has carried him back. A few days later, Dracula asks Harker to write three letters, each one dated a few days apart, indicating that Harker is returning to England. Harker fears the letters to be some sort of ruse to …

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Dracula: Chapter 3

  Chapter 3 Summary: Harker continues to feel trapped in Castle Dracula. He spies Dracula making Harker’s bed, confirming Harker’s suspicion that he and Dracula are the only people in the castle; there are no servants. The next night, Harker has another long, late conversation with Dracula, in which the Count relates something of his …

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