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Most Significant

"… as of a half smothered child."

Cf 24 June. If infants were regularly snatched from near Castle Dracula, surely the local people--who knew the Count's nature and his weaknesses--would storm the castle at midday and destroy the source of their grief.

Bryan Alexander

Only if they knew that weakness.
And if Dracula had no defending troops.
And if they got over terror. Recall that Gilles
de Rais drained surrounding areas of children for a while.

Most Significant

Excellent points! The locals knew about St. George's Eve, crucifixes, garlic, wild rose, and mountain ash. Beyond that, we can only speculate.

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