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“Van Helsing ordered the former arrangement [Lucy’s body in a separate room from her mother’s] to be adhered to, explaining that, as Lord Godalming was coming very soon, it would be less harrowing to his feelings to see all that was left of his fiancée quite alone.”

Mrs. Westenra’s death was no secret; surely Holmwood would also pay his respects to the body of his intended mother-in-law before leaving Hillingham. It might be harder on him to make two separate visitations than to see both at once. Van Helsing’s opinion overrides the judgement of the professional undertaker, although the undertaker has probably dealt with this situation before. And so Mrs. Westenra’s corpse must be trundled about one more time.

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