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Dracula

Dracula

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Dracula
Bram Stoker 
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Chapter 1
 Jonathan Harker’s Journal3 May. Bistritz.—Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1stMay, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should havearrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesthseems a wonderful place, from the glimpse which I got of it from the train and the little I could walk through thestreets. I feared to go very far from the station, as we hadarrived late and would start as near the correct time aspossible.The impression I had was that we were leaving theWest and entering the East; the most western of splendidbridges over the Danube, which is here of noble widthand depth, took us among the traditions of Turkish rule.We left in pretty good time, and came after nightfall toKlausenburgh. Here I stopped for the night at the HotelRoyale. I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken doneup some way with red pepper, which was very good butthirsty. (Mem. get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter,and he said it was called ‘paprika hendl,’ and that, as it wasa national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere alongthe Carpathians.
 
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684I found my smattering of German very useful here,indeed, I don’t know how I should be able to get onwithout it.Having had some time at my disposal when in London,I had visited the British Museum, and made search amongthe books and maps in the library regarding Transylvania;it had struck me that some foreknowledge of the countrycould hardly fail to have some importance in dealing witha nobleman of that country.I find that the district he named is in the extreme eastof the country, just on the borders of three states,Transylvania, Moldavia, and Bukovina, in the midst of theCarpathian mountains; one of the wildest and least knownportions of Europe.I was not able to light on any map or work giving theexact locality of the Castle Dracula, as there are no mapsof this country as yet to compare with our own OrdanceSurvey Maps; but I found that Bistritz, the post townnamed by Count Dracula, is a fairly well-known place. Ishall enter here some of my notes, as they may refresh mymemory when I talk over my travels with Mina.In the population of Transylvania there are four distinctnationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with themthe Wallachs, who are the descendants of the Dacians;
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