Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

Parasha: Dracula, November 16th reading

The undertakers... igh! "A credit to our establishment"? Granted, I'm sure she doesn't know he was in love with her and all, but still!

I can only imagine how puzzling all this must have been to someone who didn't really know about vampires and hadn't read the (relatively little, compared to today) stuff already written about them. All the talk of cutting off the head, the garlic flowers, the crucifix...Then again, I wonder just how much vampires and their legends may have already passed into common knowledge, and how much background the average reader would have been expected to have. I mean, there have been superstitions about them for aaaages, so....

I wonder what's "wrong" with Jonathon walking and holding Mina's arm? Huh.

And Mina and Jonathan just happen to bump into the Count. And luckily Dracula doesn't notice them, after Jonathan's escape...

Sheesh, and Mina doesn't even wonder how Lucy came to die? Oooh, right, I'd forgotten that she was "ill" when Mina left her.

Hah, "She [America] will be a power in the world indeed."

Ah, poor poor Seward. He thinks his story is all done with, and he can close out his diary because it's all the end. Poor Seward.

What the hell is a "bloofer lady"? I can't figure that one out!

Huh, from the way Seward describes Van Helsing (and from Van Helsing's own speech) he's an old man, but from the way Mina describes him he's not so old yet.

And Abraham Van Helsing? I wonder if he's an author insert, or something? Or if Stoker just felt some kinship with him and decided to give him his name, or what?

Huh, okay, turtles I know live loooong, but parrots I think only have the same lifespan as mankind more or less, and elephants less? Hrm, wiki Pete says elephants "typically live for 50 to 70 years, but the oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years." So also vaguely around man's lifespan. I guess maybe that's long enough for an animal to seem mystical and endless? Especially an exotic species that most people probably wouldn't have much contact with at the time? And the bit about toads... really now.

And great, now suddenly in my mind I hear singing.... "Lucy Westenra's dead (undead undead undead!)"

And now things begin to be explained (not that us modern readers needed as much explaining), and the young (and older) adventurers go forth... to the tomb! *dun dun dun!*
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_dracula

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