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Andrew Connell

This is the first post which does not have a specific date mentioned in the text (and one of the first to appear vastly out of order from where it appears in the book when viewing the contents chronologically). In Les Klinger's _The New Annotated Dracula_ there is a great section titled 'The Chronology of Dracula' (bits of which can be seen here: http://goo.gl/5CA5f ) where the various possible years when the book may have taken place are discussed. Mr. Klinger supposes that the "Wednesday" Lucy refers to could refer to May 10th 1893 which was a Wednesday.

With regard to maps, Mr. Klinger also points out that there are two Chatham streets in London. Here http://goo.gl/maps/LMt9 and here http://goo.gl/maps/VT2e however, as it is not known when Lucy leaves London for Whitby I did not make a travel map for her from either of these locations.

Mark Hille

I myself have been thinking recently that the novel takes place in 1890. The "epilogue" at the end of Dracula mentions "seven years ago we went through these events", and that Jonathan Harker reads the pile of notes and letters at the end. But this is assuming that the Seven years later is the publication year of 1897

Andrew Connell

Good thinking Mark. I wasn't really aware of this until just a few years ago when Bryan started running the blog, but there are all many bits in the original book which all point to different dates. The 'Wednesday' above is only one. The times of trains, illumination/position of the moon on certain dates and heavier hostorical clues point to different years as well. Lastly, to make things even more confusing, there is an manuscript - Stoker's original copy - which contains additional portions of the story which are different than, or do not appear, in the final published book.

For instance, one such oddity regarding the very note you have mentioned is that, in the manuscript, Jonathan's addendum reads "Eleven years ago..." which puts it at 1886.

However, (thankfully) the real authority on this particular aspect of the book frequents this blog often I'm happy to say - Elizabeth Miller. Her research was cited heavily by Les Klinger and her thoughts can be read in his book on page 518 where she makes an excellent case for 1893 based on the death of Charcot, the day and date of Mr. Hawkins's funeral, the establishment of the Westminster Gazette and several other clever observations. Good eyes Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Miller

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the novel is set in 1893. Why? Because Stoker tells us. His Notes for Dracula (which I transcribed and co-edited recently) include a daily calendar of several pages on which he plots the story. Each Sunday is clearly designated. The dates correspond to 1893. That, along with the textual evidence referred to by Andrew, is proof enough for me.

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