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BRAM STOKER

Dracula
Retold by Margaret Tarner

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The Road to Castle Dracula
A Prisoner in the Castle
The Vampires
A Visit to Hyrhe
How Lucy Died
The Beautiful LadY of HYthe
The House of the VamPire
The Flight of the VamPire
The Retum to Castle Dracula

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Prince Dracultt

The story of Dracula was written in 1897. The author, Bram

Stoker, had read about a prince called Dracula' Dracula was the
ruler of a country called Tiansylvania in the fifteenth century.

Tiansylvania is nc¡t marked on maps today.

lt

is now part of

Romania.
Prince Dracula was a very cruel man. He killed many people in
horrible ways. One way was to throw them onto the sharp points
of stakes fixed in the ground.

Many stories were told about Prince Dracula' The stories
were about his cruelry to the people he killed. After his death,
Dracula's grave was opened. But his hody was not found in the
grave. Thi people of Tiansylvania believed that Dracula was
not dead.

Vampires

time of this story people in Tiansylvania believed in
vampires. They believed that vampires did not die' Vampires
rest; during üe day and moved about at night' They atmcked
people ond .lr,rr-tk their blood. The people who were attacked also
i-,".i,,-,-r" v,mpires. They did not die' They attacked other people
¡nd clrank their blood. So more and more vampires came into the

At ih"

world.
Tl-rc people in Tiansylvania were very frightened of vampires'
Thcy [rcii",r".] ,ror-ty strange things about vampires' They said
rlr;rr v..r,ircs ct¡uld climb up and down high walls and fly through
rlrc rrir. VlrDpires werc able to change into birds or animals. They
r-:orrltl l'lcc,ruic clust or thick mist. Vampires knew what people

wcrc thinking. Thcy could make people do what they wanted'

Trrrrrsylvuriltlls llr()tected themselves against vampires in

many ways. They wore a Christian cross around their necks'
They put garlic plants in their houses. They believed that praying
to God wt,rld pro,..t them from vampires. And they believed
that vampires were rumed away by pieces of holy bread' This is
bread which is blessed by the priest in a Christian church'
Three things had to be done to destroy vampires' First, you
had to find the place where the vampires rested during the day'
Then you had to put sharp, wooden stakes through the vampires'
hearts. Finally, you had to cut off their heads.
"Dracula'i is a horror story. People like to be frightened by
horror stories. This is one of the most famous horror stories ever
written. Do not read this book late at night when you are alonel

.;,i,fftrftsriɡ

The Road to Castle Draculn

1

The Road to Castle Dracula

the great Carpathian Mountains. Somewhere, high up in those
mountains, was Castle Dracula where the Count lived' The
coachz from Bistritz would take me to the Borgo Pass' There,
the Count's carriage would meet me. The coach left from the inn3
in Ristritz at three o'clock.

\ lv name is lonathan Harker. I am a lawyer and I live in
lVll-o.dor,. A'ho.rt seven years ago, some strange and terrible

uxR^lNf

things happened to me. Many of my dear friends were in danger
too. At last we have decided to tell the story of that terrible time.
Part of my work is to find houses in England for rich people
whc¡ live in foreign countries. At the beginning of 1875, I received
a letter from Tiansylvania, a country in Eastern Europe. The
letter was from a rich man called Count Dracula. He wanted to
buy a house near London.
The Count asked me to find him an old house with a large
garden. The price c¡f the house was not important. I found him
a large, old house to the east of London. I wrote to the Count
and he agreed to buy it. There were many papers which he had
to signt. To *y surprise, Count Dracula invited me to visit him in
his castle in Tiansylvania. 'Bring the papers with you,' he wrote in
his letter. 'I can sign them here.'
I was very busy and did not want to go' Tiansylvania was far
away and few English people had been there. There was another
re¿lson too. I was going to get married in the autumn to my darling
Mina. I did not want to leave England until we were married.
But Mina said that I should go.
'The Count is a rich man,' she said. 'Yc¡u may be able to do
rnore business with him. You can travel most of the way by train.
ln two weeks, you will be home again.'
So I accepted Count Dracula's invitation' I left England at the
encl of April. Mina gave me a book about Tiansylvania to read on

thc tr¿rin.
On the morning of 4th May, I reached Bistritz, a small town
in Tiansylvania. lt was a beautiful day. The sun was shining on

I had six hours to wait. I decided to have a meal' Nobody
in the inn spoke English, but the innkeeper spoke some
German. He welcomed me and I was soon eating a good
meal.

The inn was very crowded. I watched all the people in their
brightly-coloured clothes. They were speaking in languages I
.c,.rld ,to, undershnd. I drank some more wine and called to the
ir-rnkeeper.

'Whrt can you tell me about Count Dracula?'
'Have you ever seen his castle?'

I

asked

him'

The innkeeper walked away without answering my questions'
All the people in the inn stopped talking. They looked at me
in fear and surprise. Then they all began to talk at the same
rime. I heard the name 'Dracula' and another word, repeated
scveral times.

The RoaÁ

The Road to Castle Dracula

saying the word l"1mpire'4. 1ü/here had I read the word before? I opened the book that
Mina had given me.

I looked at my dictionary. They were

There are many old stories about the vampires of
Tiansyivania, I read. Vampires are men and wornen who
never clie. Vampires have long, sharp teeth' They bite the
throats of living p"ople. Then they drink their blood' Everyone
in TiansylvariJf"^.rir*pires. People often wear u t'o"5 to keep

themselvessafe...
I shut the book quickly. Did people believe these stories?
It was time for me to leave. I paid for my meal' Then I walked
outsicle and got into the coach. There was a crowd of people
outsicle the iin. Suddenly the innkeeper ran forward and spoke
to me through the coach window.
'Must yJ-r go to Castle Dracula?' he said' 'Do not go to that
terible placel'
'l have important business with the Count, 'I answered

n Castle Dracukt

'Then take this,' the innkeeper said, 'and may God help you!'
Ancl he put a gold cross on a chain into my hand'
A, th" .ouLh began to move' strange thoughts went through
my mintl. Who was this man I was going t«¡ meet? Did Count
Dracula have strange powersl I could not believe it'
The coach b.gáttlo move more quickly' The sun shone on
the trees and the water of little rivers' There was snow on
the tops of the highest mountains. What a beautiful country
Tiansylvania wasl
The mountains were closer to us now, and the road went
higher and higher. Shadows grew longer as the sun began to
gl,-J",,," behind the mountains. Then suddenly, the light- had
were dark The coach went faster
i.,r-re. The mountains and sky
sound' It was the howling of
terrible
a
hear
i,-r.l furt".. I could
wcrlves6,

The moon was shining now. I could see dark shapes near the
see
roacl. The coach went hi;her and higher' And now I could
\ü/e
the
at
were
ir narrow roacl to the righ1. The coach stopped'
llorgo Pass.
bo*, the narrow road came a small carriage' pulled
lry four black horses. As the carriage stopped, its driver
,l have come from Castle Draculal §Vhere is the
sÉoured,
Englishman?'

'Herel' I replied. The driver jumpecl down lrorn the carriage'
Ilc took *y b"g and helcl me by the arm' ln a moment' I was
srtting besiáe hím ar-td t1-rc black horses were galloping up the
,,¡rrow rclad,
The driver wore a black cl,¡aki ancl his hat was pulled down
,,,vcr his face. The mountains were high black walls on both sides
,rf r-rs. \7e were going so fast that I hi,rcl to hold ontc¡ the carriage
with bothhur-tdi. Biu.k clouds coverecl the moon' The carriage
lilrcl no lights and I coulc] see norhing. wolves howled all around
my eyes
trs. The dilrr", laughed. As the horses went faster, I closed
in lrltt.

A

Prist¡ner in the Castle

Then sudclenly, thc joumey was ovcr. The driver pulled rnc
down from the carriagc. He threrv my bag l¡csidc me. In a moment,

the carriage ¿rncl the drivcr

h¿rcl clisappet'rrec1.

I

hacl arrived at

C:rstle Dr¿rcul¿rl

A Prlsoner in the Castle
T lt,,.,kcJ up at thc higl-i castle walls. Thcrc were no lights in ar-ry of
Itl-ic win.lows. ln fr,rnt of me w¿rs a great wooclen ckror.
As I stoocl there, I hc¡rrd the cloor being unlocked. lt openecl
rlolvly. A r.,ery tall old m¡ln \\¡AS stilncling tl-rcre. He held a larnp in
lris irand. His hair ¿rnd f¿lce were white and he w:,Ls clressed ir-r l¡lack.
Ilc hclcl his larnp r-rp high and saicl, 'Welcc»ne to my home. Enter

( l:rstlc Dracula, Mr H¡rrker.'

As I stepped ir-isic1c, Count L)racr-rla tor¡k holcl of rny arm. Hc
tcrrihly strong ¿rntl his hand was as ct¡lcl as icc. The Cor-rnt
Ior:kccl thc door carefully ilnrl put the keys into his 1'rocket.
I followcd him ..]olvn long 1'r,,tss:rgcs an.l tttr, wir-iding8 stairs. I
u,rrlkcd like a m¿ur in a clrc¡lm. At last, the Cciunt opcnecl a doc¡r
rull.l lccl mc into ¿l ro()ln u,ithr¡rrt wintlorvs. I coulc] sec two open
,loors. Through one door, I coulcl scc ¿r bedrcic¡m. Through the
,rtlrcr door, I could see firod and drink on a t¿lble.
'Whcn y()u ¿rre re:rdy, my dcar friend,' the Cotrnt s¿ricl, 'l shall
lrt' rvaiting frrr you.'
In a feV minutcs, I wirs sitting at t["¡e tablc. I was very hur-rgry.
'l'lre Clount tolcl mc he ha.l already e]itfctl.
[-uter, wc sirt togctl-rcr near the fire. The Count spoke goocl
i:rrglish ¿rnd he asked rne lnany qllestions. I w¿rs tired ar-rd I began
rvrrs

I)trunt

tha

narrow rt¡ad came a small carriage, pulledby
t'our black

hor-sc.s.

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Prisoner

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the Castle

Tl-re ürstle wtrs completcly silent. Rut ou$ide the

wolves wc.rc h,tlvling.

'Can you hear ih" .hil..lt"t-t of the night?' the Count said
quictly. 'Listen to their: musicl'

'

Cárr-tt l)racula's face was very close ttl minc' The firc madc his
in thc
cyes shine with a recl light. Thcre was an ttnplcasilnt srneli
He had very recl
I.,r.,r-,-r. I wontlerecl *h,rt'it was. The Cc¡unt smiled'
sharp'
ancl
ltlng
lips and his tecth wcre
'You are tited,' tre said. 'It is time for you to sleep''
That night, I hatl strange and terrihle drctrms' In my dreams' I
lrcarcl tl-re sountl of wolves and str:rnge ltltrgtrtcr'
'§Vhcn I woke up, it was late in the morning' There was fre'sh

lirorl in thc other r(rllr",-r ,rr-r(.1 a note frt¡m the Ctlunt on the table'
I haue tt¡ leaue lttu alone tcxLq,l rcad ' Y':'u cdn go uqwhere in the
( ) tstle. But .some dt¡t¡rs are It ¡cked. Dtt r'<¡t tt) to open them' D'
I saw nc¡ one all c1:-ry. Br"rt I found the count's library. It was full
them. I w¿rs
,,1' [..,r¡oks about Englancl an.1 I spent thc- clay rezrding
evening'
the
ln
retullec'l
sr ill reading when Count l)racula
'Thesetoc,ks are my good friencls,' he said' 'They have tarrght
to
nrt: a lot about your.ul.ir-r1ry' And now ] have you, Mr Harker'
to.'
trrIk
"'y,r.,
ancl
speak English well, Count,' I said' Tl-re Count smiled

p

v
r,

,liowecl his sharp, rvhite teeth.

*

,you must i"11 m" ab.ut my new h.use,' he s.icl. 'A.cl you
lrrrve papers fc¡r me to sign.'
I .rht*e.l Count Dácl,la tl-ic maps ancl photographs I hacl
l,r'..,uglrt witl"r me.

h,,,rr" is about 22 kilometres to the east of L.nd.n" I
tokl him.'lt is largc trnd parts of it arc very old''
'Goocl,' said the C,,.,r-rt. 'I h:rve always lived in an old house' I
,,rrrlil hr¡t live in a new c¡ne.'
'Tl-re garclens h'.lvc a higl-r wall arouncl theln,' I went tln' 'This
part of the ht¡use''
,S ,r l.hotcryraph of the chi'rpclg. it is the oldest
iS" t ,t-rutt be ncar thc trurbslo of the dead,' said Count

'th"

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Prisoner

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TheVunPires

the Castle

Dracula quietly. He held the photograph in his hand' For the
first tin-re, I noticed his long, pointed nails.
The Count went on talking all r-iight long' Once, I must have
fallcn asleep. I sat up sud¿enly. Co.,..f D.ncula was leaning11 t''"t
me. His breath had a terrible smell. What did it remind me of? As
I opened my

eyes he turned awaY.

'Well, my friend,' said Dracula, '\7e have been talking all
night. You are tired. Go tc¡ bed and sleep.'
But I did not sleep well. My mind was troubled' Once more, I
had tenible dreams.
It was very early when
shave12.

I

woke up.

I

decided

to

dress and

looked round my bedroom. Tó -y surprise, there was no
mirror. Fortunarely, I had brought a small shaving mirror with
me. I hung it by the window and began to shave'
'Goocl morning, my friend,' said a voice behlnd me' I was str
surprisecl that my razor slipped and I cut myself. I turned. Therc

I

stood Count Draculal He had come up behind me' Why had I not

in my mirror?
The Count saw the blood on my face' He made a strange
souncl anil his hands moved towards my throat. His eyes shone
with red fire. Then his hands touched the cross around my neck
,and the fire in his eyes disappeared'
'Táke care,' he said. 'It is dangerous to cut yourself in Castle
L)racula. And this mirror is not needed here.'
As he spoke, he threw my mirror out of the open window- It
l¡roke on tñe stones far below. The Count turned and left the
rtnm. When I went to have my breakfast, he had gone' I was by
seen his face

rnyself once again.

very-restless. I spent the day looking round the castle'
Wl-rerever I went, I found locked doors' Some windows opened

I

w¿rs

but they were high up in the castle walls' The ground

was

hundreds of metres below.
There was no way out of the castle. Except for Count Dracula,
I was completely alone. §V'as I a prisoner in this strange aml
terrible place?

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The Yampires
Time passe,l sl..rwly. I always saw the Count at night' During
I th" áuy, Lut in the library, reading a book' Sometimes I

walked slowly through the long passages of the castle'
The papers were signed and I was ready to leave' But Count
l)racula would not let me go. Every evening, he asked me more
rltrcsrions about England. Every evening, I asked to leave. But he
rrlways smiled and would not answer.
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TheVunpires

TheVampires

I was full of fear. The Count

had a strange power over me
'§7ould
I
could
not think clearly.
grew
every
day.
stronger
which
I ever escape from Castle Dracula?
Then one day, I found a room with an unlocked door. As soon
as I went into the room, I felt very tirecl. I lay clown or-, a .c,.rchll
opposite the window
V,4-ren I openecl my eyes, it was gttting dark. But the air was
full of golden dust. It slowly changed into tl-re shapes of three
yoLrng worren. They were very beautiful. I felt afraid of them ancl
yer I wantecl them to touch me. I wanted them to kiss me with their
soft, recl lips. My bociy felt heavy. I could not move.

'Co on,' one woman said to another, 'you are the first.
But he is young and strong. Thcre will be kisses for us

red lips. Her sharp teeth touched my throat. Now, I thought, now,
nowl Kiss me, kiss mel
There was a sudclen shout. Count Dracula had come into the
rr¡om and pulled the wc¡man away from me.
'Get back, he is mine. How dare you touch himl'he cried.
'Oh, yc-ru are cruel,' said the woman, with a terrible laugh.
'Have you never been in love?'
'You know I have,' the Count replied. 'That is why you are
hcre. \ü/ait a little longer, you will have your chancel'
I must have faintecll4. §(/h.t-t I woke again, I was in my own
roorn. It was claylight. The sun was shining brightly. I could see
tlre golcl cross on the table, where I had left it.

a1ll'

One c¡f the wotnen urovcd tow¿rrcls mc. She smiled. Her teeth
were sharp ancl white. i closed my eyes as she leant over me. I fult
her long hair on my face. Shc rnacle a strange sor-u-rcl ancl lickecl her

lr was now lgth May. I stayecl near my room all day. When I saw
rhe Count in the evening, it was difficult to hide my fear. But he
srniled as usual and said, 'My dear Mr Harker, I am happy to
have you as my

gr-rest.

But I know you want to see your Mina

rrgain.'

The Count pllt some paper and three envelc)pes on the t¿rble.
'The post in Tiirnsylvania is not good,' he said. 'But write
what I tell you ¿rncl Mina will get yor-rr letters.'
He told me what to write. He macle me pLrt dates on the letters.
The last letter was d¿rted 29th June. What could I do? I was terribly
rrfiaid. I wrote down thc Count's worcls. In the last letter, I told
Mina that I hacl left the castle :rnd was on my way home.
. I knew then that Count Dr¿rctLla rneilnt to kill me. But not yet'
It w¿rs six wceks until 29th Jr-rne. I had six more wceks to live I

'-[lrc dilys went by. I.was L)racr-rla's prisoner and

lrc/Would I ever know the truth

he. . . what

was

¿rbout him?

t7

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TheVampires

TheVampires

Then it was 29th June. That night, Count Dracula spoke
to me.
'My dear friend, you and I must part. Tomorrow I must go to
England. Perhaps one day we shall meet again.'
What did he mean? I had to find out the muth. I decided to
follow Dracula to his room. He went in and locked the door
behind him. I heard a window open.
I looked out of a window in the passage. I could see the window
of the Count's room. As I watched, Dracula came out of the
window and moved down the wall - head firstl His black cloak
looked like the -lngs of a huge bird. In the bright moonlight, I
watched hin-r move down the wall and out of sight!
I had to think. I had to make a plan. I went back to my room
and looked again at my book about Tiansylvania. Vampires
always hunted and killed at night. Sometimes they became
animals. But during the day, vampires lost their strange powers.
I had never seen Count Dracula during the day. If I went to his
room in daylight, perhaps he could not harm me. Perhaps I could
take his keys and escape at last.
All night, I waited by the window in the passage. At dawnl5,
Count Dracula retLrrned. '§7hen the sun was high in the sky, I
climbed out of the window. I moved carefully down the wall and
acr()ss to the Count's open window.
There was nothing in the room except a great heap of golden
coins. One doc¡r was locked. Br-rt the second one opened and I
went through it. A stone stairway went down and down to a long
passage. I was in an olcl chapel. Tl-ie stones in the floor had been
taken away. There were great holes where the earth had been.
Thc chapel was fr-rll <¡f wooclen boxes - fifty of them. Their licls
had not been fixed on. Each bc¡x was ftill of earth.
C)ne box was covered and I lifted the lid. There, on a heap of
clrtl-r, lay Count Draculal
I lis white h¿rir was now dark grey. His thin, white face was
f rrt :urrl rcrl. Fresh blood ran from his lips and there was a terrible

smeil, dre sn-rell of l"¡krc¡dl The Vampire was resting after his meal.
I lis eyes were open, but he did not move. I could see his long,
wl-rite teeth.
At that moment, I heard shouts ¿rnd the sound of many feet. I
r-rrn back through the door and into the passage. The door closed
l¡cl'rind me. I stood there, listening.
The chapel was full of men. They wcre hammeringl6 down the
liils of the boxes. Then I heard tl'rern puliing the boxes along the
ground. A door was shut and locked. Count Dracula was on his
w:ry to England and I was locked inside his castlel I ran down
the passage, up the stone stairs and back to the Cc¡unt's room.
I put some of the gold coins in my pockets and r¿rn to the open
window. Tl-re ground was rnany rnetres beiow. With a prayer to
( itrl, I olimbed out of tl-re window and moved slowly down the

18

t9

wall...

A Vrsit to Hythe

'Was

4

asked her.
'lt was a Russian ship,' the woman replied'

AVisit to Hythe
Jn

Englan.l, Mina was waiting for Jonathan Harker to return'

lHi,

l.rr".s to her from Castle Dracula had been short

strange. Mina was worriecl. Was Jonathan
return to England.

i11?

it an English ship? Are the poor sailors safe?' Lucy

and

\X/hy dld he not

In the *ildl" of July, Mina was invited to stay with her friend,
Lucy West. Lucy and her husband, Arthur, lived in the litde town
of Hythe, by the sea. Arthur'§7est was a doctor.
'Arthur is in Amsterdam,' Lucy wrote. 'He is staying with
Professor Van Helsing, his old teacher. Come and stay with me
until your Jonathan returns. Hythe is not far from London' The
sea air will be good for you.'
Mina traveiled down to Hythe the following day' The weather
wns good and the two young women went out walking every day'
Somátimes, they walked by the sea. But most of all Lucy liked to
walk to the old church on the hill. She enjoyed sitting in the quiet
old churchyardlT.
Mina and Lucy slept in the same bedroom' One night, near
the end of ]uly, Mina woke up suddenly. Lucy was walking out
of the bedroom door, but she was fast asleep. Mina took her
friend back to bed. Lucy did not wake up and, in the morning,
.hr' r.'tnemhercJ not hing.
On Bth August, tl-re weather changed. Black clouds covered
thc sl<y. The aii felt heavy and there was a Lhick mist over the
sca. Thc stor[I came srxtn after midnight. Lucy was very excitedlS
hy tlrc tl"rtrnder and lightning. She sat by the window all night,
:rt fhc sea.
Ily rrrorning, everything was quiet. But there was a mist over
tlrt. stirr. I-rrcy,s, servant told the two friends that a ship had been
wr..'..'l<..',.1 t,tt lltc shc,rel9'

'lt

had come from
a place called Vama. There was something very strange about the
ship. There was no one on it, living or deadl
'But as soon as the ship touched the shore,' the woman went
on, 'a huge dog jumped down. It ran away up the hill' There was
irnother ttrur-tgé thing, too. The ship was full of big wooden boxes'
Some men ca^e from London and took them away' When the
boxes were aken off the ship one of them broke open' It was
full of earth! Who would bring earth all that way? I cannot
understand it.'
Lucy's face had gone white, but her eyes were shining'

'Letis walk up to the church, Mina,' she said' 'Perhaps we
shall flnd the dog.' But the churchyard was empty and no one
had seen the animal.

That night, Mina heard a noise and woke up' Lucy's bed-was
cmpty und ihe bedroom d,¡or was wide open! Lucy was nowhere
i,-r ihe house. Mina put on her clothes and her shoes' Then, taking
shoes and a shawl2O for Lucy, Mina ran out into the silent street.
§Uhere had Lucy gone? Mina looked up and down the empty
street. §Uas Lucy in the churchyard? Mina ran up the hill and
gate.
stopped
'%r, for a moment at the churchyard
moving behind
something
there
th.r" was Lucyl Was
red eyes' But
and
two
face
l'rer? Mina thought she saw a white
when she reached Lucy, her friend was alone'
Lucy was half asleep. Mina put the shawl round her friend and
«rok hei back to the house. When Mina was putting her to bed
she saw two red marks on Lucy's throat. Mina wondered what had
rnade the marks. Bur she said nothing to Lucy.

1,,,,1.¡¡¡g

ZO

lirr»n that time, Lucy became paler and paler. Her pretty face grew

7t

A Vislr to Hythe
thin and white. Mina knew her friend was ill. She wanted to send
Arthur zr telegramzl, but Lucy would not let her.
'Arthur is doing some important work in Professor Van
Helsing's hospital,'Lucy said. 'l do not want to worry him.'
But every night, Lucy left her bed while she was asleep. Mina
had to lock the beclroom door t«r keep her friend safe.
One night, Mina found Lucy leaning out c¡f the c'rpen window.
A huge, bl¿rck bird was sitting besicle her. tMhen Min¿r moved
near, the bird flew skrwly :rway. Lucy was fast asleep but she was
holcling her throat. The twr¡ marks were still there. They looked
very red and painful.

Then on 19th August, Mina received a letter from a hospltal
iri Budapest.
'Oh, Lucyl Jonathan is saful' Mina cried. 'He has been very i11.
Ilut now he is asking for rnc. I do not want to leave you. You are
not wel1. But I must go to Br-rdapest.'
'C)f course, my dear,' Lucy s:rid. 'You must go to Budapest.'
Mina thought

she

saw a white face and two red eyes.

23

A

A Visit to Hlthe

Visi¿ to Hythe

lu{in,, ,avelled by train to Budapest. It

was a long joumey'

At

thin
and pale he wasl '\Vhy didn't you tell me you were ill?' Mina
last, she was ¿hle to hold her dear Jonathan in her anns' How
asked. 'V4-rat happened at Casde Dracula?'

'l

cannot talk about Casde Dracula now,' Jonathan whispered. 'Térrible things happened there. Was I lll - or mad? I don't
tr-ror. I can't tel1 you about it now. I will tell you all about it later''
'Jonathan,' Mina said, 'forget what has happened' You must
begin our new life - together''
get
-' well. Then we will
'Yes,'Jonathan whispered. 'But we will get married at once' I
will never leave you againl'
Mina and Jonathan were married on lst September in
Budapest. They did not reach England until l8th September'
The weather in London w¿rs fine and warm. Mina and Jonathan
drove slowly through the city in the early evening. The streets
were full of happy people.

Suddenly Jonathan gave a terrible cry.

'My God, lookl'he said. 'lt is the Countl'
Jonathan pointed at a tall man who was talking to a beautjful
young *o*ur. The man had a cruel, white face. As he smiled,
Mina saw his red hps and sharp, white teeth.
'Count Dracula is here in Londonl'Jonathan cried' 'l was not
mad. Those things did happen in Castle Dracula!'
'Please, Jonaihan, you will be ill again,' Mina said' 'The
Count has a house near London' §7hy shouldn't he be here?
'There is terrible danger,'Jonathan told her. 'l will tell you all
about it when we get home.'
As they drove up to their home, a servant opened the door'
She held out a telegram.
'This has just arriveil, madam,' she said.
The telegram was from Dtlctor Arthur'§Uest, Lucy's husb¿rnd'
As Mina read it, her eyes filled with tears. The message was
vcry short.
M1 dear wife is dead. She was buriedzE yesterdny ' Arthur'
'Lucy dead? I can't believe it,'Jonathan said quietly' 'How did
it happen?'
'Arthur must co111c ancl stiry with us,' Mina said' 'l'11 send him
ir telegram at ctnce.'
That night, Jonathan told Mina'a11 about Cirstle Dracula' He
told her the terrible things that h¿rcl happened there' And now
C)runt L)racula was in England. What was he planning to dt¡?

Z5

Hc¡w Luc't Died

5

How Lucy Died
IV /hen Arthur \Uest arrived at the Harkers' home' he was
The three
W J;;t"J all in black. His face was pale and sad'Mina
spoke

frrends hacl many things to talk ahout' After dinner'
to him quietly.
'A.thur, iear, Lucy's death has been a great shock to us both'

Can you tell us how she died?'

,l

returned from Amsterdam about a week after you left
i11' Her
Uvrfr",'- Átrhur replied. 'By that time, Lucy Y3s ve1y
¡;¿a;;t pale ancl ,h" .,or,.ty thi'-t' I examinedZz her' but I could
not
-^- - find anything wrong.'
r,iít l.uui.rg her bed at night? Was she still walking
"üÁ, ñ.y
in her sleep?' Mina asked.
dreams'
'Yes,' Árthur said. 'And she began to have strange
air''
She saw red eyes and golden dust moving in the
at
'Golclen i.,rt?' Jonuthan repeated slowly' 'ls the Count
later.''
work alreacly? Go on, Arthúr, I will tell you my story
a telegram
'l
sent
on'
went
Arthur
me,'
'The dreams wc¡rried
to Hythe
came
He
Amsterdam'
to Professor Van Helsing in
immediately.

'Úh"rt ian Helsing arrived, Lucy was too ill to get out of bed"
great
Arthur tolcl his fri"r-rir. 'Van Helsing examined her with
needed
She
.nr". H" tolcl me that Lucy had lost a krt of bloc,dzl'
; bio;Jr;;";frrlo.,2a ,.., ,o,r" her life' I told the Pr«¡fessor to take
the blood from me.'

'Oh God,'Jonathan said quietly'

Lucy's throat

-

''§Uere there any marks on

small, red marks?'

Arthur looked verY surPrised'
'The marks
'Yes, there were. How did you know?' he said.
worriecl the Professtlr very much''

'Did the bloocl help Lucy?' Mina asked'
'i"r, ,t-r" looked b"it". ot c'rnce,' Arthur replied' 'And she.had
Van Helsing
n q.,i"t r-tight. In the moming shc wa-s-well and happy'
visited hei nnd brought lots ..'f gatlicls plrrntsl'
'Then the Profeisor knew,' J«rnathan said quietly'
'Knew whatl' Arthur asked' 'The garlic hail a very strong
he
srncll. But Van Helsing pLtt it all round c¡ur bedroom' Then
arouncl
them
put
and
together
twistctl some of th" *hit" flowers
neck.'
Lucy's
"- lwtlv
clicln,t the garlic keep Lucy safe?, Jonarhan said. 'l
cannot unclerstancl it.'
Arthur told his friends the rest of the story. van Helsing
stronger'
stayed
- 'Or-r.in Hythe for a few clays' Slowly, Lucy grew
Van Helsing
child'
sick
a
visit
to
out
went
,-tight, Arthur
room' The
her
in
sleeping
was
Lucy
rvas in thelibrary reading.
beautiful'
very
looked
she
and
u..,rrlic flowers were ..',.,r-r.l h". neck
The bedroom window was shut'
Z7

How

'l

w¿rs :rway

for

Luc,"'t

Died

several hours,'

Arthur went on' 'lt

w¡ts

returnecl, but the hc¡use was silent' I went intcr
the library. Van Helsing was sleeping in the chair. I called his
ntrme bur he did r-rot w¿rke. Suclclenly I wirs afraicl. I rirn upstairs
ancl into ctur bedr.c¡m. The winrl.w was br,ken. The,e wtrs glass
eyes closed. She
¿r11 over rhe floor! Lucy lay on rhe bed with her
hacl pullecl the garlic flowers awiry from her neck''
Á.th.,, stopped talking. There were tears in his eyes' After ir
fcw momcnts, he went cln'

morning when I

.,i

tl il, 'l:l

y'l

irl

tl*l

'!,1,

ran to get Van Helsing,' Arthur said. 'l c¿rllecl his name
many times bef<rre he woke' Then he hurried with mc to Lucy's
be.lroc,m. \7hen Van Helsing saw Lucy, he told me she was clying'
The m¿rrks <¡n her thro¿,rt had gone. Van Helsrng said we must
wake Lucy irmnccliately' She must not clie in hcr slcep'
'At that moment, Lucy openecl her eyes. Sl-re lot¡kecl at me and
smilecl. Then she spoke to me. Her voice was slow ¿rnd strilnge.
Shc rolil -" ,, ln,,r-r had colnc to the window He had callc.l hcr
again and ag:rin. She hircl opened the window and askecl thc man

'l

fo c«¡me in.
'Lucy took holcl of rny hancl. Her fingers were ¿1s colcl as ice'
Lrcy ,,rke,l rne tc-, kiss her' Btrt ¿rs I leant over, Van Helsing pr-rlled
me away. Then Ltrcy's f¿rce hecame :rngry. Hcr eyes were cruel, she

wrrttrgly,[..,'
Arthu. covererl his face with his hands' 'lt

w¿rs

tcrrible,' he

said. 'She did not look like Ltrcy at all.'

'Poor Lucy,' Mina saicl ancl sl-re held Arthur's l-rancl' 'Did the
poor
- girl .1ic peacc,ftrltyl{'l'
'Yes, thank Gocl,' Arthur repliecl. '§71'rcn she opened her eyes,
shc wtrs beautiftrl trgain. But Var] Helsing woLrld not let 1lre kiss hcr
lips. So I kissecl her hand ancl l-rer long black hair. Then she diecl.
L)ear Llrcy is at trteace now.'

'ls slre at peace?' Jon:rthan said slowly. 'Has the Professt¡r
gr»rc bnck tt¡ Amstertlam?'
'Yes, he h:rs,' Arthtrr replie.l. 'But he s¿ric1 he would retr-rrn if
Z8

'l ).'ar Luc) is ar freuce nou.

The

The BeautifulLaÁy of Hythe

B

eautiful

La$ of Hythe

left Amsterdam as soon as he received
the telegram. He went at once to the Harkers'home in London'
Mina welcomed the old man with tears in her eyes.

'Thank you for coming so quickly,' she said.
'We do not have much time,'Van Helsing answered. 'I will do
all I can to help.'
That night, Jonathan ¡old the Professor about Castle Dracula.
The Professor asked miny questi.,ns.
'You were lucky to get away from Castle Dracula,' the
Professor said at last. 'Vampires have terrible powers. Count
Dracula is the most powerful of them all!'
'And I helped him to come to England,'Jonathan whispered.
'§7hat does he plan to do here? Can we stop him?'
'Let me tell you all I know about vampires,' Van Helsing
answered. 'l have studied their history and read many books
about them. Some vampires are hundreds of years old' They
live on blood, which they take from living people' But vampires
stay alive after they have been buried. Their victims die when they
have lost all their blood. Then rhey become vampires tool'
'That is what happened to poor Lucy,'Mina said sadly. 'How
can we help her. Is there anything we can do?'
'We have to do three things to stop the vampire,' Van
Helsing replied. 'First we must open Lucy's coffinZ9' Then we
must hammer a sharp piece of wood through her heart. Lastly
her head must be cut off. Then she can rest forever.'
'Dear Lucy, how terrible,' Mina said quietly. 'How can we tell
poor Arthur?'
''We must go to Hythe at once, Mina,' the old Professor said.
''§7e must help Lucy as quickly as we can. §7e a[[ loved her. §7e are
the only ones who can help her.'
'l shall be happy to help,'Jonathan said quietly.
'After we have helped Lucy, we must fight the Count himself'
rhe Professor said. 'No one in England is safe until the greatest
Vampire of all is desroyed!'
The three friends left immediately for Hyrhe. They told
Arthur that Lucy had become a vampire. At first he was very
angry. But Jonathan told Arthur what had happened at Castle

30

31

anything happened to Lucy.

I did not

understand him. Lucy

is

dead.'

Mina looked at her husband. Their eyes were full of fear. Had
Dracula been drinking Lucy's blood? Was she a vampire too?

6

The Beautiful Lady of Hythe
A fter a few davs, Arthur'§V'est retumed to his lonely house in
AUyth.. Jor-ruthor-, and Mina did not say anything to Arthur
about their fears. But they read the newspaper carefully every day.
Then one moming, Jonathan saw these words.

THE BEAUTIFULLADY OF HYTHE

yung mothers of Hythe are uerJ afraid. Something o,tery
strat"Lge is happening in this little town by the sea. Some Joung
chilÁren have disappeared from their homes. Wen they were found,
The

. But they all tolÁ the sune strange srory ', They
had met a beautiful lndy with long black hair. She had smiled at
them and kissed them. All the children were found again in the old
churchyard on the hitl. Thel were r)erJ pale and they all had small,
red marks on their throats. Who had taken them there? Was it the
beautiful laÁy? \Xhat had marle the marks on the chiklren's necks?
the children were safe

There

hac,e been nc¡ ansql)ers

to

these questions.

'ls Lucy the beautiful lady?' Mina asked. 'Are the little
children her first victims2T?'
'l'm afraid they are,' Jonathan answerecl. 'l will send a
telegram to Van Helsing at once. He is the only man who can
help us

-

and poor Lucy too.'

Prc¡fessor Van Helsing

-

The Beauriful Lafu of Hy the

The BeauttfulLadt of Htthe

Dracula. Then Arthur knew that their terrible story was true.

Arthur, Jonathan and Van Helsing went to the chur:chyard
late that night. Lucy West had been buried in the farnily vaultlo
in the churchyard. The Professor was carrying a large bag. Arthur
opened the vault with his key. The three men stood quietly round
Lucy's coffin.

'Lc¡ok carefully,' the Professor said. 'The vault has not been
opened since Lucy's funeral, has it? Now, watchl'
Then, with a long piece of iron, Van Helsing began to open
Lucy's coffin.

'There,' he said

as f-ie

lifted tlie lid.

'lt is true,' Van Helsing said. 'Let us wait in the churchyard for
Lucy to come back.'
They left the vault and Arthur locked it again. Van Helsing
led them to a dark part of the churchyard. They waited. The time
passed very slowly.
Then, in the mooniight, they saw something white move
towards Lucy's'vault. Arthur gave a cry and stepped forward.
'My Clod, it is Lucyl'he shouted.
Tl-re thing turned its head and looked straight at them. The
nr()on was very bright and the three friends could see everyrhing
clcirrly. \X/hat they saw filled rhem with fear.
Ycs, it was Lucy. Her face and long, dark hair iooked the same.
lJut the cyes shone with a renible red light. Blood was running
ln»n hcr red lips onto her white dress. She smiled and they could
scc her sharp, white teeth.
'Arthur, my love, come to me,' she whispered. She held out
hcr hancls and walked towards him. 'Come to me now, and never,
ncvcr

lc¿rvtr rne.'

Arthur took another step fttrward. Lucy opened out her arms
tc¡ holcl hirn. Van Helsing ran in front of Arthur and held up a
large cross.

When Lucy saw the cross, she stopped smiling. Her face
became cruel and angry. She made a noise like an animal and
ran towards the vault. It was shut ¿lnd locked, hut the vampire
disappeared inside.
'Oh, Godl Was that terrible thing my Lucy?' Arthur cried.
'That is nclt the dear woman you loved,' Van Helsing told
him. 'lt is the vampire thar is using her body. But if we are strong,
At first, Arthur did not want to look. Lucy hacl been detrd for
nearly two weeks. Then he gave ¿i terribie cry.
'My Godl The collin is crnpty!' he shoutecl, 'Where is
rny wife?'
'l can answer that,'Jonathan said quietly. 'Lucy needs blocrd.

Shc is looking

f<rr anc¡ther

victiml'
3Z

we can help Lucy to rest peacefully. Give me my bag, Jonathan.'
They entered the vault again. It was almosr dawn. !7hen Van
Helsing opened the coffin, they saw the vampire. Her eyes were
open and she smiled at them. It was a terrible smile.
Van Helsing opened his bag. He took our a [ong, sharp stake]1
and a hammer. Then he looked at Arthur.

))

The Beautiful Lady of Hlthe

Thc Bcamiful

La$ olHythc

'N.w you can kiss your wife,'Van Helsing said. Arthur kissed
I rri y .rice on the lips, Then he turned ancl left the vault.
Vrrrr Helsing and Jonathan worked together. They cut ofl
1,,, y's licad. Then they closed the coffin lid ancl hammered it
l,,rr n.

,l shali hold thc sr¿ike ancl point it iithcrheart,'the Professor
said. 'Then, as we pt:ay, hilmmer it c]own''
Wlth a lrst 1(.',.)k at thc thing in the coffin, Arthur raised the
hammer. He brought it dorvn once, twice, many times' Térrihle
screams camc from the vampire's blood cc¡verecl lips' The white
clress became red as the stake went into Lucy's bocly'
They alt prayed. At last, the thing in the coffin stoppecl
moving. Arthiir clropped thc l-r¡Lmmer and almost {¡rintcd'
'Look,'Van Helsing said, 'now she is at peace''
There, in the cr¡ffin, l:ry Lucy. She was dead and at peace' All
the blood had gone and there was a beautiful smile on her face.
34

,, ,,

Wlrcn they left the vault, it was daylight. Birds were singing
I I lrc air was warm.
'!lt' l'r¿,rve begun our work,'Van Helsing said to Jonathan and

\rrlrur','l¡ut we havc n«¡t finishecl it. Now we must find Count
I rr,r, rrl:r. We must destrov him foreverl'

75

The House of the VamPire

7

The House of the VunPire
A fter they had left the vault, the friends slept for several
l1hor.t. Then later in the day, they met to make their plans'

all in danger,' Van Helsing said. 'Dacula must know
that he has enemies in England. He will soon find out what we are
doing. Then he will attack us.'
'tMhy don't we attack him first?'Arthur cried. 'We must go to
''§Ue are

his house together. Where is his house, Jonathan?'
'I can't remember,'Jonathan replied slowly. 'lt's very strange'
I thlnk Dracula has made me forget. All the papers about his

house near London. §Uhere is it,
l,,rr:rtliirrr?' the Professor asked. Jonathan answered in a slow'
,1,.rr v()iCe.
"l-[re Count is living to the east of London,' he said. 'His
I r, ,r¡sf is vs¡y big and very old. There is a high wall round it.'
'l low did you get there, Jonathan?' asked Van Helsing.
'l-he nearest railway station is about a mile away from the
'(

1,,

lrunt Dracula has a

,,,4a' .'
'What is the name of the station, Jonathan/' Van Helsing

,,1.,..1.

'lt

difficult to remember. There is a mist in front of my eyes.
I 1,,1v 1l'¡g mist is going. The name is. . . Purfleet. The. . ' the mist
r, ( ( )r r) ing back, a golden mist. I can see red eyes' .' they are looking
f, r1

is

¡¡¡¡ . , .'

house are in my office in London.'
'Then let us all go back to London quickly,' said Van Helsing'
,'§(/e
musr find out where Dracula is hiding. lr will be safer if we are
all together. The Vampire is very powerful.'

'Wake up, Jonathanl' the Professor said quickly. Jonathan
,,l,, rrcrl his eyes.
'You weie in dangeq'Van Helsing said. 'Dracula knew what I
rr.r:, rloing. We do not have much time''
'What shall we do?'Arthur asked.
'Wc must get into Dracula's house and look for the boxes of
,,urlr,'Van Helsing replied.'You must stay here, Mina. Don't

he is in danger. He knows we are his enemies. But vampires have
no power during daylight. In daylight, Dracula rests in one of the

l,,r¡,¡,1'11cd

They went to London and Jonathan hurried to his office'
But he could not find the papers. They had all been taken' He
returned home at once. He told the others what had happened'
'Dracula has taken the papers,' Van Helsing said' 'He knows
tansylvania. They must be in his house''
'But where ii'hl, horrr.?' Mina cried.
The old'Professor thought for a moment' Then he looked at
Jonathan carefully.
'lf you agree, I shall hypnotizesz you,' he said' 'Then you may
boxes from

remember where Dracula's house is.'
'Yes, I agree,' Jonathan said. 'Do what you can, Professor' I
am ready.'
Van Helsing sat opposite Jonathan and spoke to him quietly'
The young man's eyes closed. He began to breathe more slowly'
36

l,

;rvr' the house. Dracula is not far away. Remember what
to Lucy.'
'Wc cannot leave Mina here on her own!'Jonathan cried.
'Slrc will be safe,' the Professor said. 'No vampire can enter a

invited in. Lucy walked in her sleep and Dracula
rrr, t lrcr in the churchyard. Stay in the house, Mina, and you will
I ,, r;: rli'.'

L,

,,

rst' r rnless he is

llr,
rI

r r

tlrrce men lefr the Harkers'house in the afternoon. The
r r11s t hey needed were in their bags. They went by train. §Vhen
37

The House of theVampire

they re:rched Purfeet station, the Professor askecl a few questions.
A man at the sation was able to answer them.
A tall, dark str:rnger had boughr a big house nor far from the
station. Latcr, fifty huge boxes had been senr ro the house. The
stranger was living there alone.
The three friends were sure that the stranger was Dracula.
Very soon they were on the road to the house. As rhey walkecl,
they became mc¡re and more tired.
At last, they reached tl-re old house. But the dayhght had
almost gone. Van Helsing looked ar his fricnds.
'lt is dark. §7e are late,'he said. 'Dracula rvill have lefr the
hc¡use. \X/hile he is away, we will destroy his resting places.'
The high wall of the garclen was br<¡ken in c¡ne piace. They
were able to clirnl¡ it casily. The garclen was silenr trncl empty. The
house was d¿rrk. At the back of the housc, they for-rnc1 a l¡roken
window They werc soon insidc.
The olcl house was ful1 of tlust. The air srneir unplcitsant:rncl ir
was very cold. Every room wils cmpty. Then at the encl c'rf a long
passage, they founcl a large wooclen door. The key was in the lock
ancl Van Helsing rumed it slowly. There was a terrible smell that
remincled Jonathan <¡f Castle L)r¡rcula.
'This place smel[s of bkrod,' Arthur \ü/est whispered. As l-re
l-reld up his lamp, r¿1ts r¿ln :rway from rhe lighr. Some sreps wenr
down to the old c-.hapel. There on thc cold, wct stones were the
wooden boxes.
'Those are thc boxes I saw in Castle Draculir,'Jonathan said
quietly.
'\7e must work quickly,' the Professc¡r s:ricl, opening his bag.
'Dr¿lcula must not find us here. Insicie every box we will place
some holy bread:ll. Tl-ren the Vampirc will be in or-rr power.'
The men worked fcrr rnar-ry hours. One by one, the boxes were
opcned. Then holy bre¿rd w¿,rs placccl on rhe e¿rrrh inside. The lids
wcre ti¿rrnmered down. The two young men worked together. Old
Vm Helsing stoocl by thc open door ar the top of the steps. He
3B

The House of theVampire

1,,

r,

rr c«rss in his hand. Jonathan and Arthur had one more box
( l)('r). Suddenly Van Helsing gave a cry.

l,l

i.*Utffi

lili

ll

il,I ii
il,t

I

titltl lllll Jl ir
Iur rllll

ri rjiii¡ii

39

The House of the VcnnPire

The House of theVamPire

'The Count! The Countl' he shouted down to them. 'The
Vampire is coming back. We have no more time. Leave the last
box and follow mel'
One box was left unopened. Jonathan and Arthur ran up the
stone steps and afrer the Professor' As they reached the broken
window, they heard a terrible cry' They turned quickly. Count
Dracula was coming towards them. His face was white and angry'
His eyes shone with red fire.
When the Vampire saw Jonathan, he jumped at him like a wilcl
animal. But Van Helsing stood in front of Jonathan and held up
his

crc¡ss.

i lrrr,r's llce to a long cut on his chest. i-Ic was making her clrink
1,, l,l,iotll
I lrt. Varnpire rLrrnecl his heacl. His cyes l-,ur¡er-l rvith a terrible

,,,1 lirllrt. Blocrcl was clripping fiom his red lips and krng, white
r , , t l,
lhe Vampire had irlre¿rdy taken his meal of bltxidl

'!,'"-rr<
'
rk,r
,{ 1[,¡¡

;i

Dracula srepped back.

'You cannc¡t stop me,' he cried out, 'I am Dracula! I have
lived and fought my enemies for hundreds of years' I have fought
armies. How can three men stop me now?'
Suddenly the house was full of strange rnist. The three friends
got out of the window and ran across the garden. They found the
broken part of the wall and climbed over'
In the road, the air was clear. The moonlight shone on the
men's white faces.

'Come,' said Van Helsing, 'we must get back to Mina. She
may be in danger.'
The three friends hurried to the little station. They caught a

\trEr

fl FiG.,rI\ff

train to London.
When they reached Jonathan's house, it was quiet. Jonathan
u¡lgcked the front dgor and the three men went upstairs tc¡ their
own bedrc¡oms.
Jonathan opened his door quietly and then he gave a terrible
cry. His friends ran into the room after him.
The bedroom window was wide open and moonlight was
shining into the roc¡m. Mina was on the balcony34 and a dark
shape was leaning over her. It was Count Dracula!
One of his hands held the back of Mina's neck. The other
held down her hands. But the Vampire was not drinking Mina's
blood. No, it was more terrible than that. Dracula was holding

l)rrrt trlu gave a cry ol:rnger, but Van Hclsing was ready for
cctvered the
| 1r. I 1,,.' ,r[,-i dc¡ctor held his cross up high' A ckrutl
again,
shone
rnoclnlight
,,,,,, It was suc-ltlenly dark. When the
balc.ny'
the
| ,r ,, ,l,r lr,tl g.ne. A little golilcn Llust moved over
l', ,, rr Mina was almost m¿'rcl with fear' §uhen she saw Jonathan'
l , l,trlru) to cry:rnd cry. Van Helsing carried Mina back to the
I I lrt'n he washed the blood from her face and neck'
'\ ly .'lclr Mina,' the old man s¿rid' 'Ytltt are safc now' Can yt-'tt
,,11 ,r', rvllrt trirppened?'
't ll,, lt,nathur, *hy did you leave me?'Min¿r criecl'

40

4r

U'{,,1,,

l\"r

The House of theVampire

'l thought you were safe,'Jonathan

answered as he held his
wife's hands.
'l was asleep,' Mina said. 'l was dreaming. I saw a cloud of
golden dust. I saw eyes buming with red fire. Something woke me.
It was the sound of a child, crying. When I gor up, I saw something
moving in the garden. I opened rhe window and walked our onrc)
the balcony. Then suddenly, he was sranding beside me. I saw his
red eyes, his cruel mouth ar-rd his long, white reerh. I knew it was
Count Draculal He smiled and said, "Nothing can help you now.
You are in my power. . ."'
Mina covered her face with her hands.
. 'Then he put hls lips to my throar and drank my blood,' she
whispered. 'l could nor srop him. Ancl now I have drunk his blood.
I am a vampire too!'
'No, no!' Jonathan cried.
'lt is the truth,'Mina replied. 'l have drunk the Cor-rnt,s blc¡od
and I am in his power. I must do what he wants, even if I harml5

you, my husbandl'Then Mina looked ar Van Helsing wirh tears
in her eyes.
'The Vampire has won,'she said.
'No!' Van Helsing cried. 'He is afraid, I am sure of it. He
cannot stay in England now He will use the last box to return to
his own country. Sleep now, Mina. You must rest.,
But Mina wenr on speaking.

'l

have drunk the Count's blood and I am in his power,'
she said. 'But perhaps we can use this power to d"rt.oy hitn.
Hypnotize me, Professor, before dawn. I think I can tell you what
the Vampire plans ro do.'
Van Helsing sar down beside Mina and moved his hand before
her face. Her eyes closed.
'Where is Count Dracula? §Uhat does he plan to do?, Van
Helsing asked.
'lt is dark,' Mina replied. Her v«rice was slow and clear. ,l can
hear moving water. Oh, the Vampire's power is strong. But I hear
42

The Flight of the VamPire

,

l,rl, rrncl men shc¡uting. The ship is ready to leave. There is a
,,lrrkness. ..1cannot tell you any more.. ''
lrr rr f:cw minutes, Mina had opened her eyes.
'Wt' h:rve wonl'Jonathan told her' 'The Vampire is leaving
| ,,r,lrurtl. We are safe now.'
l',ul l)rt¡fessor Van Helsing shook his head sadly.
'll:rvc you forgotten? Mina has drunk the Vampire's blood
l,, lrrs.lrrLnk hers. If Mina dies before Dracula is destroyed, she
,' ,ll l,t' rr vilmpire forever!'

,,,r,t

B

The Flight of the Vampire
/ \,,unt l)recula's plan had failed. The Vampire was returning
\ -2r,, Iris ()wn country. In Tiansylvania he woulcl be safe. If the
,.1)r(' rcacl-red Castle Dracula he cc¡ulcl rest and grow strong
,,,,,r, Anrl while he lived, Mina was in terrible danger. Count
| ,r ,, ,l;r lur.l to be destroyed before he reached his castle.
\r tlrrrr and Jonathan went to the Port of London36 the next
I ,r I lr,'y lirund that a ship called the QueenCathzrine had left for
', ,rr,r Vru-nir was a port on the Black Sea. Dracula had travellecl
Ir,,rrr V;u'rlr in Julyl
§,i/lrt rr ir wtrs dark, a tall man had carried a huge wooden btlx
,, r r, , r lrc l)uccn Catherine. The man was Cc¡unt Dracula! A thick
, r r lr:rtl .'ovcred the ship beft,re it sailed. And Dracula was in

rl,,

1,,,r
I

lrt tlrrcc men

began to make their plans at once. Mina was

r, r | [' ilt ltcr room.
\'.rrrlrircs cannot cross water without help,' the Prtlfessor
43

The Flight of theVampire

explained, 'But L)racula is traveiling by shrp because
it is easier.
He will nor have ro move his box-untrr tÉe ship r"-r-r"r-rr"a.
the ship reaches Varna, Dracula will wait f., .lr.k*rr.
Yh"1
Then he will carry the box from the ship. Later, the
box, .,irf , iÁ.
Count inside, will be taken ro Castle DÁcula. Th".",,h;
V;ñ.

will

be safe.'

'Then we musr follow himl'Arthur cried. ,!7e must
. . .,
Vo-. Helsing held up his hand. 'Befr¡re we decicle whar
.he said, 'l
ro clo ,
have romething to tell y.u. Mina must not kr-r,r,
or'.
plans.'
'§7hy notl' Jonathan cried angrily. ,Dracula has
harmecl her

most of all.'

The Flight of theVampire

'l
rrr,

know the danger, Professor,' Mina replied. 'lf Dracula calls
l1i1¡, I shall have to go. But you can hypnotize me. Then I
tt'il you where the Count is.'
I hc Prc¡fessor smiled.

11¡

, ,r

'You are right, dear Mina,' he said.
lr,lina held Jonathan's hand and looked at her friends.
'lrvery day, Dracula has more power over me,' Mina said. 'lf
l,r , ¡,,¡1rys¡ becomes tocl strong, you must kill me.'
At last, the three men agreed.
' l liirnk you,' Mina said quietly. 'Remernber, if I become a
\ ,rrrrl)it'c, I shall be your enemy, tool'

'Bu¡ the Vampire has power over Mina,, the professor
repliecl.
'Perhaps he knows what she is thinki.g.
Anything we rellh";_ h.

will know'
- \o one spoke. Van Helsing and Arthur looked at their
friend sadly.
'You are right.' Jonathan said at last. 'r wi[
not telr Mina
anything.'
'Then let us follow Dracula,'Arthur saicl. ,l have
money. §7e
c<¡uld hire a small, fast ship and . . .,
'No, we rnust ftrllow Dracula by lancl,, Van Helsing
repliec1.
'He will make the ship go quickly. But the s'hip willrrk.
rio.,'."k,
to reach Vama. By land, we can get there in a few
clays.,
'Sc¡ we shall be wairing frrr him when he
,"n.h", VarnA,,
Jonathan said.
not_ you, Jonathan,, Van Helsing said. ,you
must stay
,here'No,.
and look after Mina.,
As he spoke, the door opened. Mina storcl there.
Her face

was pale.

one will stay here to look after me,,she said. ,l
am going
,'No
with you.'
will be in great danger if you come wkh us,, the professor
.'You

said. 'The nearcr you are to L)racuia . .

.,

lrr rlrt'sccond week of October, the four friends began their
r,,,r r)L'y ircross Europ-re. They took the fastest trains and, in a few
l.ri',, tlrey were in Varn¿r.
l'rolcssor Van Helsíirg hypnotized Mina every day. He hypnorrr', I lrt'r-befcrre cl¿rwn anrl beforetlarkness came. Dracula's power
\\ r, r)()t ls strong thcn. Mina always said the same words.
'lrvcrything is dark. I can hear the wind. I hear the sound of
rrro1'i¡¡g wlltef.'

S. rhc friends knew that Dracula had not left the shlp. They
r,ri,,,I irr Vrrna waiting fcrr news. Mclre than a week passed. Every
,l ,¡, Artlrrrr went to the port. He asked If the QueenCatherinehad
,,,,r,',1. Thern at lnst news carne.
Wlrcn Arthur tc¡ld the others, his face was white.
' I lrt'Queen Catherine arrived at Galatz, at one o'clock today,'
1,,

,,¡i11.

'lt4y Otxll What shall we dol' Jonarhtrn cried. '§Uhere is
t ' rl.rl tl'
Irlirrrr ltxrked at her map.
'( i;rl:rtz is a port on the River Danube,'she said.'lt is more
rl,,n .rl)[) kilometres away.'
45

The Return to Castle Draculrt

''V7e must

get

a

agree.

The Return to Castle Dracukt

Arthur said. But Jonathan did not

'l rhink we should go by train,,he saicl.
'What will Dracula dol, Mina aske<l slowly. ,Will
he go to
Castle Dracula by water.r by land? It is nearly
r,,nr.t,,rh";;;
on.'Professor, hypnotize me. I shall tell you what
I can.,
van Helsing did as Mina asked. At first she could nor
.
answer

his quesrions. Bur ar last she spoke.
'l hear the sound of .ater. The water is moving fast.
birds singing. It is dark, dark . . . I cannor r"ll
;"r;;;;;;.
power is too strong.'

I

hear

;;;

rIr,

\1;¡¡¡1pi¡s. I will put holy bread in Dracula's tomb.'
t )rr 23rd Octobeq Mina and Van Helsing wenr by train to
\ r r t sr i. At Veresti, the Professor bought a small carriage and four

,r lrorses.

l. r

It was winter and it was very cold. §Tolves were near and they
'rll,..l clay ancl night. Professor Van Helsing hypnotized Mina
, \ ( r\ (lry. She always said the same words.
'lt is ilark. It is dark. I can hear fast-moving water.'
lvlinl slept allday and Van Helsing could not wake her. But as
¡¡,,r):rs night came, she woke up. The Professorwas afraid. Mina
1,,

,

',
,

,;
¡ ¡ 11' lnd thin. Her face was changing. She was becoming more
| ¡¡¡1¡¡¡ like a vampire. Would Mina die before Dracula could be

,,

rrr,

l, ,t roytrl/

lir

!llrt.n they crossed the high mountains, snow was falling. At

rr.r, Van Helsing bought new horses. They reached the Borgo
l'.,',', ,'rrlly in the afternoon.
( )n the right, was the narrow road to Castle Dracula. The
r ,ll nr, )ur)tains were covered with snow. The strong wind moved

9

The Return to Castle Dracula

,r r

rl,r'r,rrrw in the air. The howling wolves were closer now. Had
took two
fhefrien...l,s
I ro L)racula

days ro reach Galatz. They wcre nearer
now. Mina was pale and ill. Sometimes she could
not answer Van Helsing,s questions. The professor
took Mi",
a hotel to resr. Arthur and jonathan triecl
,o *.,

""*, á?ñ;;.

;;

They soon returned. Dracula,s box was on ¿r fast
boat. The
Vampire was travelling up the River Seruth.
The River Senrth wenr high up inro the Carpathian
Mountains. Castle Dracula was Z0 kilomerres from
the river.
Helsing told them. 'ln his tomb, the Vampire will
be safe. AnJ
then Mina will be in his power forever.'
'\7e musr go up the river afrer him,'Jonathan
-prnf"rro. said quickly.
'You and Arthur must do that,, the
."pli.i. Vi.u
and I will go by land to Castle Dracula. We will get;here
b"li;;;
46

I rr ,,, rrllr scn¡ them?

lrt'oltl

not afraid. He drove up the narow road
That night, Mina was very excited. Her eyes
l,,,rr, l,riul'rtly but she would not eat. Every day Dacula's power
I

'rrrrl rl
\\

.

r

.,1

Prc¡fessor was

was dark.

li )llge f.

lrt' I'rofcssor hacl made a fire. He tcnk sc¡me of the holy bread
it into pieces. Then he placed the pieces in a circle on
rI,, t,r,rurrtl irft[rnd Mina.
\'lr rrr was watching Van Helsing carefully. She did not move.
I l, r l.rt t' wcnt white.
'( ()r)rc ckrser to the fire,'the Professor said. Mina stood up,
,1l.,,1
rr fcw steps and stopped. She could not move out of the
',
l,
', V:rn Helsing covered Mina and himself with thick cloaks.
\\ ,,1't s lr.,w[ecl. But Mina and Van Helsing were safe inside the
I

rrr,

I l,r,l<c

,,,1,'
47

The Return to Castle Dracula

The snow wenr on fallir-rg. It moved round and round in the
wind. And then there was mist and snow.
As the mist moved in the wind, it changecl into three beautiful
women. They were the three vampires that Jonathtrn had seen in
Castle Draculal

The vt,unpires laughed ancl callecl to Min¿r frc-;m outside the
circle.
'C)orne, sister, comel' they criecl. 'You are like us now.,
But Mina turned away and the vampires could not enter the

circle.
They callecl to Mina all night. But when the clawn camc, rhe
beautifr-rl women changed back into mist. Mina slept.
_ In the morning, the four l-rorses were dead. Van Helsing made
the fire as big as he could. He left Mina sleeping inside tl-ie circle.
Then the old Professor srartccl to walk up rhe narrow road ro
Castle f)racula.
The snow was very clecp ar-rc1 thc rvinrl blcw into the professor,s
face. His bag was heavy. l le was colc-l and afraid. He felt the
Vampire's power ¿rround him.
Castle Dr¿rcula looked black against the whire mountains.
Van Helsing wenf (ln.
At last, he reachecl the terrible building. \X,4-ren he c¿rme ro rhe
chapel d.or it was wicle openl But the air inside srnelt terril¡le anil
l-re

\\

U

coulcl not breathe.

The chapel was fr-rll of old tombs. One tomb was bigger tl-ian
the others. On it was written tl-ie nan-re "DRACULA,,.
\X/hen Van Helsing opened the tomb, he saw lt was empry.
The Professor opened his bag. He took olrr some holy breacl. He
put the bread inside the tomb and closed the lid. The Vampire
would never enter it again.
Then Van Helsing fc¡und rhe rombs of the rhree wc¡men
vampires. They looked very beautiful. Their eyes wcre open

and they smiled at him. The old Professor looked at them
fcrr a moment. But then he remembered Lucv.

48

,'\s llrc mist

moq,red

in the wind, it changed into

beautiful women.

three

The Return to Castle Dracul¡t

_..-."\\N

\\
He took sharp stakes and hammercd them through the
vampires'hearts. How they scre¿rmecl irs he hammered down the
stakesl But when the Prc¡fessor cur off their heads the vampires
changed. There w:rs norhing in the tornbs but dust!
Then Van Helsing left that terrible place. Slowly he walked
down the road to Mina.
'My husband is near,' Mina called out. 'Quickly, I musr go rc-r
Jonathan.'
The snow h:rd stopped falling. The air was clear and cold.
It was almost sunset and the sun was red in the sky. TLr the
north, Castle Dracula was a great, black shape on the side of the
mountain. Far below them, the River Seruth was black againsr
the snow
They could see a narrow, wincling rc¡ad which wenr up the side
of the mountain. Along this roacl, a cart37 was moving quickly.
On the cart was a hr.rge wooden box. Dracula was returning to
his castlel Professor Van Helsing pur his arm around Mina, but
not afraid.
'Look,' she whispered.
Behinci the cart were two men on horses. 'lt is Jonathan
ancl Arthurl' Mina cried. 'And they are moving faster than the
cartl'
'The sun is going down behind the mounrains,'Van Helsing
said. 'Dr¿rcula rnusr be clcstroyed before rhe lighr hirs gone.'
Jonathan and Arthur were galloping faster and faster. Their
shadows were krng and black on the snow. Ar last, the two friends
she was

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reached the cart.

The driver tried to hit Arthur but Jonathan pulicd the man
down from the cart. They fought together for a rnoment and then
the man ran off, shouting with fear.
The black shadows had grown longer now. The light had
almost gone. §Uas there time ro destroy the Vampire?
Jonathan jumped onto the cart. He pr-rshed the huge wooden

¡==-<

box down onto the snow. The box broke open.
50

I lt,''t t't¡ukl

see

a nctrrow, winding road which went up the
side

of the mountain.

The Return to Castle l)racuk

There lay Count L)racula. The last light of rhe sr-rn shone
ollto the Count's cruel face. Jontrthan's krng, sharp stakc w¿rs
aL,ove L)r¿rcula's heart. As the stake wcnt throush thc Vam¡rire's
body, f)rtrculzr gave a tcrriblc cry. Thcn Arthur's knilrc cur
through thc Vampire's thro¿rt. There was silence. But there
w¿rs no blood on the snow. Count Dracula's body ll,as tr heap
of ilustl
Mina r:rn down tl-re roatl and Jonathan tcxrk his tlear wifc in
Vampirc wtrs dead. Thc years of l¡ltx¡d and fear

*:.,]lll:_,.rhe

52

Glossary
§ce llso the Introductory Notes on page 4.

LiSr,
2
I
I
I
6

7
ll
I

(paee 6)
you sign a letter or a paper by writing your name on it. Dracula
had to sign the papers in order to buy the house.
coach (page 7)
n .or.Üt"p,rlÍed by horses. People travelled by coach from one
t()wn to another. A carriage is smaller than a coach. It is owned
and used by one person.

inn (page 7)
a place where people can eat and drink and stay for the night.
uampire (page B)
sce the Introductorl Nores ón page 4.
cross (page B)
sce the Introductory Noúes on page 4 and the illustration on page 8.

wolf (page 9)
n large, dangerous animal like a dog. At the time of this story
nrany wolves lived in the forests and mountains of Eastern
Europe. The long, loud nóise a wolf makes when it is hungry is
cnlled hou,,llng.
cloak (page 9)

*itho.rt sleeves, wom by men and women.
wínding (page 11)
thc passages and stairs in Castle Dracula were long and tumed to
tlrc left and right many times.
,, [,,.rg'áoit

chapel (page
n small

l

I
2

l3)

building where people can pray.

totnb (page 13)
n stone covering under which people are laid after they die.Tombs
tnrrally have the name of the dead person written on them.
leuning (page 14)
(

irunt Dracula was standing with his face near to Jonathan.
l}.u¡e (page 14)
lo remove the hair from the face with arazor.

couch (page 16).
rr krng seat on which you can sit or lie down.

59

T4

t5

t

faint (page 17)
Jonathan was so frightened that he was unable to see, hear or
speak for several hours.
daum (page IB)
early in the morning when the hght of the sun first appears in the
sky.

16

hammer (page 19)
to hit something again and again. The men were hitting nails
into the lids of the boxes to fix them down. A hammer is a tool
used for hitting nails into wood.

t7

churclryard (page 20)

1B

L9

ZO

ZI
22
23

Z4

Z5
Z6

z7

the land around a church where dead people are buried. (See
Glossary no. 28)
excited (page 20)
the loud noise of the thunder and the bright light of the lightning
excited Lucy. The storm frightened her. But at the same time, she
wanted to watch it.
wrecked on the shore (page 20)
the wind and the high waves drove the ship out of rhe warer onro
the land.
shawl (page Zl)
a cloth worn over the head and shoulders by women.
telegrmn (page 23)
a quick way of sending messages from one place to another.
exdrnined (page 26)
a doctor examines sick people to find out why they are sick.
lose a lot of blood. (paee 26)
Van Helsing said that Lucy was pale and ill because she did not
have enough blood in her body.
ablaod transfusion (page 26)
Lucy needed more blood in her body to make her srrong again.
Van Helsing took blood from Arthur's arm and pur ir inro Lucy.
garlic (page 27)
see Introductory Nores on page 4.
peacefully (page 28)
quietly and happily.

tl

t()

ll
t,,

il

buried (page 25)
when a person dies, they are put into the ground or a tomb. (See
('ilossary no. 10)
coffn (page 31)
ir wooden box that a dead person is laid in.
vuult (page 32)
rr building made of stone where dead people are laid in their
coffins. Family vaulm are large and hold all the coffins of one
lrrmily. The doors of vaults are usually made of strong wood or
rrrctal and are kept locked.
.stoke (page 33)
ir long piece of wood wlth a sharpened point.
hypnotise (page 36)
Io make someone go to sleep in a special way. §7hen Van Helsing
Irypnotised Jonathan, he was able to say where Dracula's house
wlls,

lwly bread (paee 38)
s,:c Introductofu Notes

t,l

on page 4.

bulcony (page 40)
where you can sit or stand outside the window of a house.
hurm someone (page 42)
to hurt or kill someone.
I'ort of London (page 43)
ir ¡rlirce in London on the River Thames. Ships sail from the Port
ol'l-ondon to many places in the world.
rr place

r/

rrrrt (page 50)
rr crrt is pulled by horses. Carts

r.,íctim (page 30)
vampires attack people and drink their blood. These people are
the vampires' victims,

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