Long section is long! This book is going to be a challenge, I think!
Ah, good old Transylvania. It immediately evokes thoughts of the supernatural, but I wonder if there was anything to cement that aside from Dracula itself?
And gee, Harker seems somewhat uneasy after his hosts being frightened for him re: his impending journey, being begged not to go and having religious icons pressed upon him, and pretty much all of the townsfolk looking at him pityingly and crossing themselves and suchlike. You think? (Although you'd also think it might be helpful if some brave soul at least said "yo, don't go there, your host is an evil fiend from hell!" But I guess they're afraid the walls have ears. Which then makes one wonder why they say as much as they do.
(Also, I am once more flashing back to Discworld during one of our Parasha readings, this time to Dontgonearthe Castle.)
And think things like the matched team of black horses are overdoing things just a tad? Eesh.
So, gleaming teeth, red eyes, power over wolves, incredible strength. Check. Must be just a normal schmuck. *cough*
Wow, the "pinch me to see if I'm dreaming" thing is that old? Huh.
"Enter freely and of your own will"? I thought that was supposed to be said TO the vampire. :p And sheesh, all in black. How... stereotypical.
"I have dined already, and I do not sup." Yeah, I guess this time period might still be using the old terms, where dinner was more around lunchtime (although probably creeping later by that point, or even having been replaced maybe in England? I don't know how much of it is time and how much location) while supper would be later in the evening.
"A sufficient substitute"? "full of energy and talent in his own way?" And Harker is thrilled to read this? Easily satisfied, yeesh. Although at least I guess it's better than "he sucks, but it's all I can send you."
Oh good grief. "the children of the night. What music they make!" I was thinking that was something... hyperbolic? Or something. I didn't remember it was a direct quote.
-D? I thought that was his son? (Sorry, anime joke...)
You can tell that this is one of the first of the vampire novels, since Harker would otherwise have a nice little checklist to tick off. Hairy, thick eyebrows, pointed canines, pale, likes the night, doesn't eat or drink, can't be seen in mirrors, controls wolves... are we missing anything? At least he hasn't said "I do not drink... wine...." yet.
Ah, and here we have the mention of garlic, although amongst other things as well. Wonder why that got singled out? Maybe because it's more common than wild rose or mountain ash?
And good grief, what a nasty place to stop. A half-smothered child brought in a sack? Ugh, no wonder the peasants are all fearful and hateful and all. I mean, other than having supernatural creatures living in their midst.