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Bryan Alexander

NB: I corrected some typos in that post just now.

Eh... not so much

It's really cool to have this novel in Real Time! I was just looking at the archives, and it helped me realize how many weeks and months this story unfolds. Plus I'm just enjoying reading it again so much. Thanks for all your hard work!

Guinn Berger

I second that: thanks, Bryan.

Regarding the above chapter: Renfield is certainly having his little 'mood-swings,' isn't he? What do you suppose prompted him to think the cart-men were robbing HIM by moving some of the boxes out of Carfax Abbey? And killing him by inches? Does he think that they are rivals for Dracula's promise to him of immortality? Or that they're a threat to the Count?

Did Dracula even PROMISE to make him an immortal=vampire?

Baby Jinx

"Did Dracula even PROMISE to make him an immortal=vampire?"

SPOILER. A bit later in the novel, Renfield tells us that Drac has promised him rats, I presume for their lives. Remember that Renfield's concern is for prolonging his life by collecting the "lives" of insects and animals. He doesn't seem to be concerned about collecting human lives, at least not at this point.

Baby Jinx

"I'm just enjoying reading it again so much."

Me, too, even though I could easily pull the book off my shelf and reread it on my own. Reading it this way gives time to dwell on each entry and to see things I missed on all my other readings.

What's going to happen to the blog after this reading is over? Will it be repeated next year?

Elizabeth

Re Carfax Abbey. Just a little example of how the movies have shaped our readings of the novel. Nowhere in the novel is Carfax referred to as "Carfax Abbey". This designation was an invention of the movies.

Hey, hardly earth-shaking, but I couldn't resist! :)

Guinn Berger

Wow. I've read the book how many times, and never wised up to the fact that the book NEVER calls Dracula's new 'digs' (sorry!) as Carfax Abbey! Boy, talk about unchallenged assumptions...

Baby Jinx

Stoker refers to it only as Carfax, an estate near Purfleet, which Jonathan explains is probably a corruption of the French "quartre-face," meaning "four-sided." See Jonathan's diary 7 May. I'm not sure whether it pops up again by name at other places in the story.

Baby Jinx

Re: Carfax ABBEY

I just breezed through the scripts I have for the various "Dracula" movies. It appears that Carfax is referred to for the first time as an abbey is in the Bela Lugosi version. Since that movie was based on the Deane & Balderston play, I suppose they were the first to call it Carfax ABBEY. No doubt, it's a combination of Carfax + (Whitby) Abbey, which Mina talks about when she first arrives in Whitby on 24 July.

Thanks for pointing that out, Elizabeth. I'd never noticed before. It's fun to learn all these new things about the story.

Elizabeth

Re Carfax Abbey. I am not 100% certain of this, but I don't think the "Abbey" designation appears in either the original Hamilton Deane play or the Deane/Balderston (which was adapted for the 1931 Lugosi movie). It appears that it was added by the screen writer for the film.

It's fascinating to observe how the movies have reshaped (and in many cases replaced) the text. Consider Dracula's famous comment "I never drink -- wine." It's not in the book. Nor is "I vant to suck your blooood". :) Stoker's Count does not wear a cape with a high collar, nor is he unable to appear in daylight. And on it goes.

Guinn mentions "unchallenged assumptions." When it comes to Dracula, there are dozens and dozens of them. Some assumptions/misconceptions have been accepted as "fact", and then spawn a whole new range of assumptions. (I get a bit passionate about this - it's my specialization!)

Bryan

I'm very fond of this description of the *house*:

"the house is four sided, agreeing with the cardinal points of the compass. It contains in all some twenty acres, quite surrounded by the solid stone wall above mentioned. There are many trees on it, which make it in places gloomy, and there is a deep, dark-looking pond or small lake, evidently fed by some springs, as the water is clear and flows away in a fair-sized stream. The house is very large and of all periods back, I should say, to mediaeval times, for one part is of stone immensely thick, with only a few windows high up and heavily barred with iron. It looks like part of a keep, and is close to an old chapel or church"

Bryan

Thanks Eh, Guinn, and Baby.

Plans for this site? Well, the novel ends in less than two months, so you can download the whole shebang to disk if you like.
Between November and May, I may blog *about* Dracula, as research comes my way. That is likely to involve lower frequency of posts.
Next year, shall we do it all again? I've been brooding about a variorum blog, adding extra posts for other media, other events, textual issues, and so on. Thoughts, o devoted Draculabloggers?

Elizabeth

Hey, I'm for a variorum! We can produce an annotated Dracula Blogged! There is so much secondary stuff, much of which I have access to - and I'd be most happy to get involved. This time around we are only scratching the surface.

Baby Jinx

Count me in! I'll help wherever I can.

Marci

I like the idea of running an annotated, expanded Dracula, but maybe a sequel first, then Dracula again to give us some distance.

Breiann Soblosky

That was really good is dracula real?

Elizabeth

"Is Dracula real?"

Of course he is real. Otherwise, why would we be be talking about him?

Andrew Connell

Thanks for making this project happen Bryan, it was a lot of fun to re-read this classic in its original timeframe. As for what's next, I'm also for a variorum - can't wait! Thanks again!! a.

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