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"It was half-past two o’clock when the knock came... In a few minutes Mary opened the door, and announced ‘Dr. Van Helsing’."

Mary was doubtless Mr. Hawkins' servant before she entered the Harkers' employment, and well-known to them. It would have been an easy decision to keep her on; indeed, she may have been keeping an eye on their Exeter house during the weeks that the Harkers spent in London and on the Continent.

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"I could not resist the temptation of mystifying [Van Helsing] a bit...so I handed him the shorthand diary."

Klinger (268 n16) says he is surprised that the multi-talented Van Helsing cannot read shorthand. However, shorthand is not a universal language. Even at the time, there were two main types of English shorthand--Gregg (dominating the United States) and Pittman (UK). If Van Helsing knows any shorthand, it might be for Dutch, or even Latin, which was widely understood amongst the medical community.*

* For example, at the University of Edinburgh, “competency in Latin was obligatory” for medical students. https://victorianweb.org/science/health/depaolo12.html

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"I am so glad I have typewritten out my own journal, so that, in case [Van Helsing] asks about Lucy, I can hand it to him...
"…I shall give you a paper to read. It is long, but I have typewritten it out. ... It is the copy of [Jonathan's] journal when abroad, and all that happened."

Mina must have spent pretty much all of the previous day, and perhaps also this morning, typing out the two journals on a primitive manual typewriter. She would not have even been able to see the text as she went; typewriters of the day were "blind", with the typebars hitting the paper up from below. "Visible" typewriters did not come into common use until around 1900-1910. Her hands, shoulders, and back must have ached by the end of the job!

Early Office Museum: https://www.officemuseum.com/typewriters.htm

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