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Elizabeth

"one great tomb"
So here we have a large and very conspicuous tomb bearing the name "Dracula." How come Jonathan didn't mention this when he visited the crypt?

Baby Jinx

"So here we have a large and very conspicuous tomb bearing the name 'Dracula.' How come Jonathan didn't mention this when he visited the crypt?"

Perhaps it was covered up and/or hidden behind the fifty boxes of earth being readied for Dracula's trip to England?

Baby Jinx

"...hardly had my knife severed the head of each, before the whole body began to melt away and crumble into its native dust..."

Note that this didn't happen to Lucy.

"...as though the death that should have come centuries agone had at last assert himself and say at once and loud, 'I am here!'..."

Upon destruction of a vampire, it looks like the body reverts to whatever state it would be in had normal decomposition taken place. Since Lucy had died only a few days earlier before she was destroyed, her body was still "fresh." The vamiresses must have been very old for their bodies to have crumbled to dust.

Elizabeth

"Note that this didn't happen to Lucy."

Another difference. Lucy's mouth was stuffed with garlic. Not so with the three weird sisters.

Helen

Why does he have to kill them twice--once with the stake and the second by cutting off their heads? What would happen if he only did the stake?

Baby Jinx

"What would happen if he only did the stake?"

As I understand it from vampire lore, the stake merely serves to rivet the vampire to its coffin so that it cannot get out. Cutting off the head is what actually destroys the critter. To only stake a vampire would leave it "alive" and able to return to "life" once the stake is pulled out.

Elizabeth

What if only the stake?

My understanding is that the beheading is a sort of "fast-track." Pinning the corpse so that it cannot return will eventually result in its natural decomposition (as good corpses are supposed to do). But that can take time. Cutting off the head (and in some lore, placing it between the feet so that the vampire cannot retrieve it) settles the matter at once.

Captain Slack

"To only stake a vampire would leave it 'alive' and able to return to '[un]life' once the stake is pulled out."

You pull, and I shall push.

David

Good quote, Captain Slack, from M.R. James, no?

Writing-desk Raven

'dared not pause to look on her as I had on her sister, lest once more I should begin to be enthrall. But I go on searching until, presently, I find in a high great tomb as if made to one much beloved that other fair sister which, like Jonathan I had seen to gather herself out of the atoms of the mist. She was so fair to look on, so radiantly beautiful, so exquisitely voluptuous, that'
Ehnotsomuch42*, in this might be seen, at least, some trace of the story told in Franics Ford Coppola's "Dracula", though not actually Bram Stoker's.
Steamily torrid, too, in a seemly Victorian way that, like Hitchock's action actually being just off-camera, makes it all the more.

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'seen the repose in the first place, and the gladness that stole over it just ere the final dissolution came' can also suggest a thread in the story woven of Stoker and autobigraphical anguish by Anne Rice.
-W-d R

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Bryan

Brilliant quote, Captain Slack. David is correct:

"All at once I became conscious that someone was whispering to me inside the arbour. The only words I could distinguish, or thought I could, were something like "Pull, pull. I'll push, you pull.""

M. R. James, "The Rose Garden", in _More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary_ (1911)

(http://www.litgothic.com/Texts/rose_garden.html)

Hm - James stories might make for fine podcasts.

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