298 Matching Annotations
  1. Jul 2021
    1. ’at as perlite as a lord
    2. you can’t trust wolves no more nor women

      Both used by Dracula

    3. Norway to Jamrach

      Not native to England

    4. You’ll excoose me refoosin’ to talk of perfeshunal subjects afore meals

      Lower class dialect

    5. using the words “Pall Mall Gazette” as a sort of talisman

      A good reputation, people like it and are willing to help its employees

    6. pagan world of old

      Dracula is from a time before God, an ancient being

    7. long, anxious times of waiting and fearing; darkness in which there was not even the pain of hope to make present distress more poignant: and then long spells of oblivion, and the rising back to life as a diver coming up through a great press of water.

      The times she sleepwalks under Dracula's spell

    8. Haarlem


    9. piteously to intercede with the “foreign gentleman.”
    10. If this be an ordered selfishness, then we should pause before we condemn any one for the vice of egoism, for there may be deeper root for its causes than we have knowledge of.

      Psychology was getting really into the deeper conscious that people may be unaware of

    11. She charm me, and for her, if not for you or disease, I come.

      Lucy's ability to charm men is responsible for the interest they take in her case. Seward, Arthur, and Morris are all dedicated to protecting her due to their love and even Van Helsing remains dedicated.

    12. Amsterdam
    13. she is somewhat bloodless, but I could not see the usual anæmic signs,

      Dracula has slowly been drinking her blood

    14. scratching or flapping at the window

      Dracula as a bat trying to reach her

    15. Hillingham
    16. Hamburg


    17. Hull

      Port city of England

    18. I found him pressed close against the old ironbound oak door of the chapel

      Dracula's new home in London

    19. These infinitesimal distinctions between man and man are too paltry for an Omnipotent Being. How these madmen give themselves away! The real God taketh heed lest a sparrow fall; but the God created from human vanity sees no difference between an eagle and a sparrow. Oh, if men only knew!

      Or between man and monster. Dracula's existence creates questions about religion and God and Heaven

    20. sudden form of religious mania
    21. his violent demeanour that he was English
    22. he would like to pay for his staying here, so that others who need shall not be wanting for help.

      Strong moral character

    23. nearly six weeks,

      This accounts for all of the time since we last heard from him

    24. the silver light of the moon struck a half-reclining figure, snowy white. The coming of the cloud was too quick for me to see much, for shadow shut down on light almost immediately; but it seemed to me as though something dark stood behind the seat where the white figure shone, and bent over it

      Dracula attacking Lucy

    25. Great Northern Railway. Same are to be delivered at Carfax, near Purfleet, immediately on receipt at goods station King’s Cross
  2. Jun 2021
    1. I crept behind It, and gave It my knife; but the knife went through It, empty as the air.

      Dracula must be killed very specifically

    2. They are Russian, he Roumanian.
    3. Varna to Whitby
    4. a number of great wooden boxes filled with mould. This cargo was consigned to a Whitby solicitor, Mr. S. F. Billington, of 7, The Crescent, who this morning went aboard and formally took possession of the goods consigned to him.

      Carrying Dracula. The lawyer he had written to earlier. In charge of his shipping duties

    5. Between the inner hand and the wood was a crucifix, the set of beads on which it was fastened being around both wrists and wheel, and all kept fast by the binding cords.
    6. He stopped to talk with me, as he always does, but all the time kept looking at a strange ship. “I can’t make her out,” he said; “she’s a Russian, by the look of her; but she’s knocking about in the queerest way. She doesn’t know her mind a bit; she seems to see the storm coming, but can’t decide whether to run up north in the open, or to put in here. Look there again! She is steered mighty strangely, for she doesn’t mind the hand on the wheel; changes about with every puff of wind. We’ll hear more of her before this time to-morrow.”

      Demeter. The ship carrying Dracula.

    7. Lucy is to be married in the autumn, and she is already planning out her dresses and how her house is to be arranged. I sympathise with her, for I do the same, only Jonathan and I will start in life in a very simple way, and shall have to try to make both ends meet.

      Difference between professional and nobility

    8. My homicidal maniac is of a peculiar kind. I shall have to invent a new classification for him, and call him a zoöphagous (life-eating) maniac; what he desires is to absorb as many lives as he can

      A non-vampiric Dracula

    9. I did not care that his pretty family of tame sparrows should be wiped out in the same manner as the flies and the spiders;

      Hierarchy of animals

    10. that it was life, strong life, and gave life to him

      Much like Dracula

    11. I haven’t heard from Jonathan for a whole month

      It has been a month since we last heard from Jonathan ourselves.

    12. (Mem., under what circumstances would I not avoid the pit of hell?) Omnia Romæ venalia sunt. Hell has its price! verb. sap. If there be anything behind this instinct it will be valuable to trace it afterwards accurately, so I had better commence to do so, therefore

      Proof of intelligence, Latin

    13. Since my rebuff

      Lucy's rejection

    14. 17, Chatham Street,


    15. lady journalists
    16. I want to keep up with Jonathan’s studies, and I have been practising shorthand very assiduously.

      She wishes to be equal in both work and intelligence to her future husband.

    17. been simply overwhelmed with work. The life of an assistant schoolmistress

      A modern woman who works but in a still female-dominated profession and where society expects her to be.

    18. I was helping to transfer to London, where, perhaps, for centuries to come he might, amongst its teeming millions,

      Immigration fears.

    19. his youth had been half renewed

      Relies on others to become more powerful, similar to how England and other colonizers must constantly acquire new land and subjects

    20. filthy leech
    21. The only thing I found was a great heap of gold in one corner—gold of all kinds, Roman, and British, and Austrian, and Hungarian, and Greek and Turkish money
    22. Hereafter

      Non-specific reference to afterlife and inference that it is no longer open to Dracula and the women vampires

    23. 30 June, morning.

      Last day in Dracula's castle

    24. A band of Szgany have come to the castle, and are encamped in the courtyard. These Szgany are gipsies; I have notes of them in my book. They are peculiar to this part of the world, though allied to the ordinary gipsies all the world over. There are thousands of them in Hungary and Transylvania, who are almost outside all law. They attach themselves as a rule to some great noble or boyar, and call themselves by his name. They are fearless and without religion, save superstition, and they talk only their own varieties of the Romany tongue.
    25. I know now the span of my life. God help me!

      He needs to ask Jonathan questions about England so he arrives knowing what to expect.

    26. This man belongs to me

      Very homoerotic.

    27. Mem., get recipe for Mina.

      Bring cultures and ideas from East to West. Also expectation for Mina to cook though Jonathan has experience with the dish.

    28. she actually licked her lips like an animal,
    29. when he made Hamlet say:— “My tablets! quick, my tablets! ’Tis meet that I put it down,” etc.,

      Ability to quote Shakespeare shows education and intelligence.

    30. It is nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance. And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere “modernity” cannot kill.

      Modernity vs. Antiquity. West vs. East.

    31. What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature is it in the semblance of man?
    32. “We Szekelys have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship. Here, in the whirlpool of European races, the Ugric tribe bore down from Iceland the fighting spirit which Thor and Wodin gave them, which their Berserkers displayed to such fell intent on the seaboards of Europe, ay, and of Asia and Africa too, till the peoples thought that the were-wolves themselves had come. Here, too, when they came, they found the Huns, whose warlike fury had swept the earth like a living flame, till the dying peoples held that in their veins ran the blood of those old witches, who, expelled from Scythia had mated with the devils in the desert. Fools, fools! What devil or what witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood is in these veins?” He held up his arms. “Is it a wonder that we were a conquering race; that we were proud; that when the Magyar, the Lombard, the Avar, the Bulgar, or the Turk poured his thousands on our frontiers, we drove them back? Is it strange that when Arpad and his legions swept through the Hungarian fatherland he found us here when he reached the frontier; that the Honfoglalas was completed there? And when the Hungarian flood swept eastward, the Szekelys were claimed as kindred by the victorious Magyars, and to us for centuries was trusted the guarding of the frontier of Turkey-land; ay, and more than that, endless duty of the frontier guard, for, as the Turks say, ‘water sleeps, and enemy is sleepless.’ Who more gladly than we throughout the Four Nations received the ‘bloody sword,’ or at its warlike call flocked quicker to the standard of the King? When was redeemed that great shame of my nation, the shame of Cassova, when the flags of the Wallach and the Magyar went down beneath the Crescent? Who was it but one of my own race who as Voivode crossed the Danube and beat the Turk on his own ground? This was a Dracula indeed! Woe was it that his own unworthy brother, when he had fallen, sold his people to the Turk and brought the shame of slavery on them! Was it not this Dracula, indeed, who inspired that other of his race who in a later age again and again brought his forces over the great river into Turkey-land; who, when he was beaten back, came again, and again, and again, though he had to come alone from the bloody field where his troops were being slaughtered, since he knew that he alone could ultimately triumph! They said that he thought only of himself. Bah! what good are peasants without a leader? Where ends the war without a brain and heart to conduct it? Again, when, after the battle of Mohács, we threw off the Hungarian yoke, we of the Dracula blood were amongst their leaders, for our spirit would not brook that we were not free. Ah, young sir, the Szekelys—and the Dracula as their heart’s blood, their brains, and their swords—can boast a record that mushroom growths like the Hapsburgs and the Romanoffs can never reach. The warlike days are over. Blood is too precious a thing in these days of dishonourable peace; and the glories of the great races are as a tale that is told.”
    33. I could be at liberty to direct myself

      To keep his transactions separate and therefore make it difficult to assume his plan.

    34. especially of battles, he spoke as if he had been present at them all.

      Ancient immortal with a thirst for blood.

    35. found him making the bed.

      Another trespass of class lines

    36. it amazed me that I had not seen him, since the reflection of the glass covered the whole room behind me.
    37. I fear I am myself the only living soul within the place
    38. here are but few houses close at hand, one being a very large house only recently added to and formed into a private lunatic asylum

      Dr. Seward's place of business

    39. estate at Purfleet

      in Essex, on the River Thames

    40. Exeter, miles away

      Jonathan and his boss work in Exeter, 174 miles away from London

    41. Austrian and the Hungarian
    42. by the Wallachian, the Saxon, and the Turk
    43. That is not enough for me. Here I am noble; I am boyar; the common people know me, and I am master. But a stranger in a strange land, he is no one
    44. I had the idea of going to London, have given me many, many hours of pleasure. Through them I have come to know your great England; and to know her is to love her. I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is.
    45. odd deficiencies in the house, considering the extraordinary evidences of wealth which are round me

      Different kind of class than he is used to from England.

    46. you dwellers in the city cannot enter into the feelings of the hunter.

      He is a predator.

    47. His face was a strong—a very strong—aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils; with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed; the chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor. Hitherto I had noticed the backs of his hands as they lay on his knees in the firelight, and they had seemed rather white and fine; but seeing them now close to me, I could not but notice that they were rather coarse—broad, with squat fingers. Strange to say, there were hairs in the centre of the palm. The nails were long and fine, and cut to a sharp point. As the Count leaned over me and his hands touched me, I could not repress a shudder. It may have been that his breath was rank, but a horrible feeling of nausea came over me, which, do what I would, I could not conceal. The Count, evidently noticing it, drew back; and with a grim sort of smile, which showed more than he had yet done his protuberant teeth, sat himself down again on his own side of the fireplace.
    48. I discovered that I was half famished with hunger; so making a hasty toilet

      Two very human actions that Dracula has no need of.

    49. Solicitor’s clerk! Mina would not like that. Solicitor—for just before leaving London I got word that my examination was successful; and I am now a full-blown solicitor!

      Entering the new professional class of England. Mina must care about this status, or least the work it took to earn.

    50. hey were driven by a tall man, with a long brown beard and a great black hat, which seemed to hide his face from us. I could only see the gleam of a pair of very bright eyes, which seemed red in the lamplight
    51. hard-looking mouth, with very red lips and sharp-looking teeth, as white as ivory
    52. Cszeks and Slovaks,
    53. crosses
    54. train
    55. on the coach the driver
    56. In this respect it is different from the general run of roads in the Carpathians, for it is an old tradition that they are not to be kept in too good order. Of old the Hospadars would not repair them, lest the Turk should think that they were preparing to bring in foreign troops, and so hasten the war which was always really at loading point.

      The East must always be held back out of fair of being dominated and colonized by more powerful forces.

    57. on learning that I was English

      & therefore ignorant to their Eastern customs.

    58. “Ordog”—Satan, “pokol”—hell, “stregoica”—witch, “vrolok” and “vlkoslak”—both of which mean the same thing, one being Slovak and the other Servian for something that is either were-wolf or vampire
    59. 5 May. The Castle

      Journey from Munich to Castle Dracula took May 1-5. Unclear when he left London.

    60. English Churchman
    61. there was business to be done,

      Harker is a professional. He has a duty that cannot be overridden. Especially by mysticism or women.

    62. St. George’s Day.

      Religious protection

    63. crossed themselves

      Religious protection

    64. Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys in the East and North.

      Various ethnicities

    65. Borgo Pass
    66. thoroughly old-fashioned, for of course I wanted to see all I could of the ways of the country

      Idea that the East should be old-fashioned, modernity is for the West.

    67. It seems to me that the further east you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?

      Again, Harker laments that the East is less technologically advanced and thus inferior to the West, evidenced by unpunctual trains.

    68. one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe

      "Wildest and least known" to who??? Western/British.

    69. Klausenburgh

      Transylvania, Romania

    70. Bistritz

      Transylvania, Romania

    71. Buda-Pesth


    72. Vienna


    73. Munich