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Van Helsing: “… though the doors [of Castle Dracula] were all open I broke them off the rusty hinges…”

Who has been to the castle and left the doors open since Jonathan fled? Earlier, Jonathan had to escape by climbing down the wall because the Szgany carefully locked the main door as they departed: “The door is shut, and the chains rattle; there is a grinding of the key in the lock; I can hear the key withdraw: then another door opens and shuts; I hear the creaking of lock and bolt.“ (June 30)

Were the doors only ever locked to keep Jonathan imprisoned? Were the vampire women less security-conscious than the Count, not even worried about daytime theft? Things might have ended differently for them if Van Helsing had needed to force open the massive door with its locks and bolt and chains.

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“…as to the wolves we must submit, if it were God’s will. At any rate it was only death and freedom beyond. So did I choose for her.”

At first, I thought that Van Helsing didn’t take seriously the risk that Mina could rise as a vampire (and an ally to Dracula) if the wolves killed her. However, it took several days for Lucy to rise after her death, which should give Van Helsing ample time to stake and behead Mina’s body after his return from the castle.

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"There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest."

Demotivational Dracula: https://quotefancy.com/media/wallpaper/3840x2160/3647161-Bram-Stoker-Quote-There-was-one-great-tomb-more-lordly-than-all.jpg

MyNoise soundscape Inside the Castle (loading takes about 30 seconds): https://tinyurl.com/5jf2knja

Greg Hildebrandt sketch: https://www.spiderwebart.com/images/art/103039.jpg

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“This then was the Un-Dead home of the King-Vampire, to whom so many more were due.“

It is a bit dangerous to guess what Van Helsing's peculiar English expressions actually mean. However, Van Helsing may be referring not to Dracula's supremacy amongst vampires, but instead comparing his ability to make other vampires to that of the “king” bee to create many more bees ("to whom so many more were due"). Van Helsing compared vampires to bees once before, on 30 September.

From the time of Aristotle, the largest bee in the hive was called the king bee. In 1737, the publication of Jan Swammerdam’s _Bybel de Nature_ showed that the “king bee” was actually a female. ( https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982207009943 ) However, American beekeepers’ manuals of the late 19th and early 20th centuries complain that the term “king bee” is still being used.

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"...there came through the snow stilled air a long, low wail, so full of woe and pity that it woke me like the sound of a clarion. For it was the voice of my dear Madam Mina that I heard."

As Van Helsing stakes the vampire women, there is "horrid screeching as the stake drove home".

When Van Helsing returns, Mina is sound asleep. It seems unlikely that she was the cause of the wail that Van Helsing heard. She also does not ask about the horrid screeching of the vampire women. All these sounds were confined to the chapel. It was not Mina that Van Helsing heard cry out, but the screeching of a roosting barn owl that he disturbed.

Barn owls are a global species and do not migrate. They are active at all times of the day and night, depending on local conditions, and their calls are more like screams than hoots.

Barn owl screaming - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTu0a1wd9-M
Barn Owl on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barn_owl

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"Before I left the castle I so fixed its entrances that never more can the Count enter there Undead."

He probably crumbled more of the crumbled Sacred Wafer across the doorway. Van Helsing's sacramental supplies must be sinking pretty low by now! Klinger (492 n36) points out that Van Helsing has not blocked the windows, even though he knows that Dracula uses them to get in and out of the castle.

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Bonus content from SMBC comics

Dracula vs Van Helsing: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/vampire
Why women like vampires: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/vamp

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