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This may be a good time to point out how Catholic this story is. I don't know if you'll see it unless you are or were Catholic (I didn't until I became Catholic,) but the Host, the Crucifix, VH's Indulgence to have the Host, the concern about the souls of Lucy and Arthur, etc. According to his bio, Stoker was born and raised in Ireland, so was probably raised Roman Catholic.


No, Stoker was definitely not Catholic. He was baptized and raised in the Church of Ireland (Anglican/Protestant). He obviously, however, was familiar with Catholicism and chose to have VH of that religious persuasion.

Steven Kaye

How was Catholicism regarded in England at the time?


Re Catholicism in England in late 19th century. A rather underprivileged minority, I would suspect, given that the official religion was the Church of England. Irish Catholics in particular were looked down upon as a ragged, superstitious lot. [I am no expert on this subject - maybe someone else can make more enlightened observations]

As for Catholicism in "Dracula", I draw your attention to an interesting article with an unusual perspective on this topic. It's entitled "Keeping the Faith: Catholicism in Dracula" and can be found at www.blooferland.com/jds
Follow the link for Journal of Dracula Studies - archived articles and scroll down to issue #6.


Thanks, Elizabeth. That was a very interesting article.

Baby Jinx

"Irish Catholics in particular were looked down upon..."



"But this night our feet must tread in thorny paths, or later, and for ever, the feet you love must walk in paths of flame!"

Stoker is no literary giant, but sometimes he does exceptionally well.


It is at this point that I always wonder just how far Stoker intended us to trust the moral standards of his protagonists. Whilst there can be little doubt that undead Lucy needs must be liquidated (even without the children, one can hardly deny that all Stoker's vampires have the emotional range of a libidinous dalek), the "savage delight" which Seward confesses at the thought of exterminating her is pretty much the nail in the coffin of his claims to being humane (bearing in mind his morbid and compassion-free experimentation on his mental patient). Stoker is, in fact, well aware of the moral hypocrisy, as (the impossibly good) Mina later takes up the rather fruitless task of urging the other protagonists not to dwell upon vengeance and hatred when setting out to exterminate Dracula. Since she has the journal-voice at the time of his death, we shall never know whether or not her words took effect (but I wouldn't count on it).


Needs more Willow. All vampire stoeirs need a red headed Jewish girl with a pretty taste for paradox and a knack for solving hard acrostics while making adorable little distressed noises like Yikes and Eep. I like this part, in particular He carries with him a bat. A bat filled with garlic, poison to the creature. He was just using the bat he used for vampire slaying practice, he'd never make illegal modifications to official slayin' bats.

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