The novel is mainly composed of journal entries and letters written by several narrators who also serve as the

novel's main protagonists; Stoker supplemented the story with occasional newspaper clippings to relate events not directly witnessed by the story's characters. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle (situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia). The purpose of his mission is to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer, Peter Hawkins, of Exeter in England. At first enticed by Dracula's gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle. He also begins to see disquieting facets of Dracula's nocturnal life. One night while searching for a way out of the castle, and against Dracula's strict admonition not to venture outside his room at night, Harker falls under the spell of three wanton female vampires, the Brides of Dracula. He is saved at the last second by the Count, because he wants to keep Harker alive just long enough to obtain needed legal advice and teachings about England and London (Dracula's planned travel destination was to be among the "teeming millions"). Harker barely escapes from the castle with his life. Not long afterward, a Russian ship, the Demeter, having weighed anchor at Varna, runs aground on the shores of Whitby, England, during a fierce tempest. All of the crew are missing and presumed dead, and only one body is found, that of the captain tied to the ship's helm. The captain's log is recovered and tells of strange events that had taken place during the ship's journey. These events led to the gradual disappearance of the entire crew apparently owing to a malevolent presence on board the ill-fated ship. An animal described as a large dog is seen on the ship leaping ashore. The ship's cargo is described as silver sand and boxes of "mould", or earth, from Transylvania. Soon Dracula is tracking Harker's devoted fiancée, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray, and her friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy receives three marriage proposals in one day, from Dr. John Seward; Quincey Morris; and the Hon. Arthur Holmwood (later Lord Godalming). Lucy accepts Holmwood's proposal while turning down Seward and Morris, but all remain friends. There is a notable encounter between Dracula and Seward's patient Renfield, an insane man who means to consume insects, spiders, birds, and other creatures — in ascending order of size — in order to absorb their "life force". Renfield acts as a motion sensor, detecting Dracula's proximity and supplying clues accordingly. Lucy begins to waste away suspiciously. All her suitors fret, and Seward calls in his old teacher, Professor Abraham Van Helsing from Amsterdam. Van Helsing immediately determines the cause of Lucy's condition but refuses to disclose it, knowing that Seward's faith in him will be shaken if he starts to speak of vampires. Van Helsing tries multiple blood transfusions, but they are clearly losing ground. On a night when Van Helsing must return to Amsterdam (and his message to Seward asking him to watch the Westenra household is accidentally sent to the wrong address), Lucy and her mother are attacked by a wolf. Mrs Westenra, who has a heart condition, dies of fright, and Lucy apparently dies soon after. Lucy is buried, but soon afterward the newspapers report children being stalked in the night by a "bloofer lady" (as they describe it), i.e. "beautiful lady".[2] Van Helsing,

Dracula crumbles to dust. It is this connection that they start to use to deduce Dracula's movements. switching back and forth from a state of consciousness to a state of semi-trance during which she is telepathically connected with Dracula. Around the same time. After Dracula learns of Van Helsing and the others' plot against him. The suitors and Van Helsing track her down. he takes revenge by visiting—and biting— Mina at least three times. who turn their attentions to dealing with Dracula. confides in Seward. behead her. Dracula flees back to his castle in Transylvania. the survivors return to England. Lord Godalming and Morris. It is only possible to detect Dracula's surroundings when Mina is put under hypnosis by Van Helsing. Quincey Morris is killed in the final battle. Dracula also feeds Mina his blood. he and Mina also join the coalition. and after a disturbing confrontation between her vampiric self and Arthur. Mina slowly succumbs to the blood of the vampire that flows through her veins. The book closes with a note about Mina's and Jonathan's married life and the birth of their first-born son. stabbed by Gypsies who had been charged with returning Dracula to his castle. The only way to forestall this is to kill Dracula first. and fill her mouth with garlic. whom they name after all four members of the party. creating a spiritual bond between them to control her. This ability gradually gets weaker as the group makes their way to Dracula's castle. Jonathan Harker arrives home from recuperation in Budapest (where Mina joined and married him after his escape from the castle). they stake her heart. his spell is lifted and Mina is freed from the marks. but refer to only as Quincey in remembrance of their American friend . followed by Van Helsing's group. who manage to track him down just before sundown and destroy him by shearing "through the throat" with a knife and stabbing him in the heart also with a knife.knowing that this means Lucy has become a vampire.

the Texan. They have already destroyed the undead Lucy. and they likewise set out to destroy Dracula. Dracula. They educate themselves in the strengths and weaknesses of the vampire. Jonathan has made it home to England and is happily married to Mina.Home | Help Plot Summary Dracula begins with the journal of Jonathan Harker. Seward. Lucy has just decided to marry the Honorable Arthur Holmwood. tries to treat Lucy's 'illness. back in England. has other plans.' He calls in from Amsterdam his friend and mentor Professor Abraham Van Helsing. having had to choose between him and his two friends Dr. Van Helsing figures out what is wrong with Lucy. Mina. who. who was in his human life a great warrior and thinker. feeding her with his . but cannot save her. and learn through careful and clever research what Dracula's plans are. The Count. Jonathan's fiancée. Quincey. Meanwhile. By this time. Van Helsing brings together Mina. John Seward and Quincey Morris. a young solicitor on the way to Transylvania to give information to the mysterious Count Dracula about his new estate in London. Dr. Dracula takes the young man prisoner. who is moving to London to feast on more humans. by coincidence. Jonathan. Seward and himself and convinces everyone of the reality of vampires and the danger of this particular one. and Jonathan sees many strange and evil things in the castle before escaping and fleeing into the night. however. His first victim is Lucy. runs the insane asylum next door to Dracula's primary London home. happens to land in the part of England where Mina and Lucy are staying. they decide to sterilize them all to strand Dracula in his weakest form and then to kill him in the name of God. Arthur. He later decides that he must have been mad. and as the men search his houses he attacks Mina in the night. Dracula has many lairs throughout London. is visiting her friend Lucy.

. but Jonathan attempts a desperate escape.blood so that she will become a vampire. They follow his trail to Transylvania. and that the Count is a demonic being who plans to prey on the teeming masses of London. but night after night strange events continue and Lucy grows thinner and . minutes before he reaches his castle. . Mina finds her unconscious in the cemetery. Lucy Westenra. A large dog leaps from the wreck and runs away. the boxes are delivered as ordered. Lucy begins to exhibit strange behavior: she sleepwalks often. The men find out about Dracula's activities and step up their efforts. Dracula leaves him to die at the hands of three female vampires. too. She chooses Arthur to be her happy fiancé. Meanwhile. the entire team descends upon him while he is being transported in his box of Transylvanian earth. although initially he is charmed by the Count's generosity and intelligence. a Russian vessel is shipwrecked. Despite the wreck. young Englishman named Jonathan Harker travels through Transylvania on a business trip. Seward. in buying an English estate. he comes to realize that he is a prisoner in Dracula's castle. The figure disappears as Mina comes closer. and Quincey Morris. The ship was carrying fifty boxes of earth from Dracula's castle. While they are there. They manage to drive him out of England. Eerie things happen‹one night. as a figure with glowing eyes bends over her. in England. With Mina free from her fate. Lucy has recently been proposed to by three men‹Arthur Holmwood. where he and his faithful gypsies manage to keep outwitting them. though not before Quincey himself is mortally wounded. Jonathan and Quincey kill him. a quaint seaside town. a Transylvanian nobleman. but realize that if they fail to finish the job then Mina will become a vampire anyway. Dr. the rest return to England and remain lifelong friends. Finally. Mina and Lucy vacation together at Whitby. Gradually. His journey into the remote Eastern European landscape is fearsome. and she seems to be growing paler and weaker. He is there to aid Count Dracula. All of its crew are missing save one dead captain. Jonathan's fiancée Mina visits her best friend.

as well as constant blood transfusions. Arthur. the brilliant Professor Abraham Van Helsing.paler with each passing day. asks Dr. Lucy's mother is killed by a heart attack during one of Dracula's more dramatic plots to get to Lucy. and she wonders if her husband was already in the throes of brain fever. Lucy has returned to her home in London. he cannot remember what upset him. Arthur's father dies at about this time. He can remember nothing of his travels in Transylvania. The contents of the journal baffle her. Mina goes to nurse him back to health and to help him make the trip back to England. Peter Hawkins. Again and again. When he comes to. Meanwhile. Disturbed by this behavior. Seward is baffled by her illness. they marry immediately. When Van Helsing comes to visit her to ask questions about Lucy. and calls in the aid of his old mentor. One day while they are in London. and Lucy dies a few days later. When she arrives. Back in England. Seward to try to figure out what is wrong with her. Mina is so impressed by the man that she gives him Jonathan's journal. which lead him to make contact with Mina Harker. his attempts are thwarted by a mixture of Dracula's cunning and bad luck. Jonathan actually sees the Count‹who has been restored to his youth by his feeding‹and although Jonathan cannot really remember things clearly. He tries to use various charms. he has a nervous attack and falls unconscious. fearful for her health. she seals the diary and promises that she will never read it unless it is for his sake. It provides the missing link for Van Helsing. the Harkers have returned to England. Van Helsing seems to know from the beginning what he might be up against. He gives her his diary but is afraid to read it. sick with brain fever. dies suddenly‹leaving the Harkers a considerable fortune. Mysterious attacks against children have begun in the area . Word comes from Budapest that Jonathan has been found. who now knows how the vampire came to England. Mina decides to read the journal. Jonathan's boss. to keep Lucy alive. Van Helsing takes possession of Lucy's diary and correspondence.

one of Dr. Quincey. they are too late: they burst into the room one night to find Jonathan unconscious and Mina being forced to drink blood from Dracula's chest. splitting up so that Van Helsing and Mina will go to purge the castle while the four young men track the last box. and using the asylum of Dr. and Arthur that the cause is Lucy. They set to work. Jonathan and Quincey deliver the killing blows to Dracula just as the sun is setting. But Renfield. . Now. Mina and Jonathan join with the men. and with his aid the vampire is able to feed on Mina in secret. in the last box. They then regroup with the others. and he cannot survive unless he sleeps in them for at least part of the day. and all together they surround the gypsies who are transporting Dracula in his coffin. The boxes are full of earth made sacred by Dracula's family. are the key. The fifty boxes. Seward as their headquarters. Van Helsing shows Seward. who is now one of the undead. The four men pledge to destroy Dracula next. after enough time has passed she will become one of the undead‹unless they can destroy Dracula first. The men begin to hunt down the boxes' whereabouts. now scattered in and around London. sterilizing (with holy wafer) all but one of the boxes in one day. flees back to Transylvania to rest and regroup for another attack. During the struggle against the gypsies. Arthur is the one who gives his fiancée peace by staking her through the heart. Van Helsing and Mina succeed. they plan to destroy Dracula for good. Seward's patients. By the time the men learn what is going on. The band of friends tracks him down. works as Dracula's henchman. killing the three female vampires and using holy wafer to render the castle uninhabitable for the undead.where Lucy was buried. Quincey receives a mortal wound. Dracula.

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