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“It was a strange thing that the patient had humour enough to see [the attendants’] distrust…”

‘Humour’ is here being used in the sense of “mood or state of mind”. (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/humour) Although we see this meaning most often in the expressions “good humour” or “bad humour”, Seward is using it more broadly here.

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“It was soothing, somehow, to the feelings to find myself disassociated even in the mind of this poor madman from the others…”

Once again, Seward is status-conscious in an almost absurd way. It makes a little more sense (though still inappropriate) when we later see that Renfield was an upper-class man, who was apparently on terms of equality with Arthur Holmwood’s father, Lord Godalming (1 October, Seward’s journal).

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