Varney the Vampire eBook

Thomas Peckett Prest
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“I am rejoiced, if anything can rejoice me now,” said Henry, “to see you view the subject with so much philosophy.”

“Why,” said Charles, “you made a remark of your own, which enabled me, viewing the matter in its very worst and most hideous aspect, to gather hope.”

“What was that?”

“You said, properly and naturally enough, that if ever we felt that there was such a weight of evidence in favour of a belief in the existence of vampyres that we are compelled to succumb to it, we might as well receive all the popular feelings and superstitions concerning them likewise.”

“I did.  Where is the mind to pause, when once we open it to the reception of such things?”

“Well, then, if that be the case, we will watch this vampyre and catch it.”

“Catch it?”

“Yes; surely it can be caught; as I understand, this species of being is not like an apparition, that may be composed of thin air, and utterly impalpable to the human touch, but it consists of a revivified corpse.”

“Yes, yes.”

“Then it is tangible and destructible.  By Heaven! if ever I catch a glimpse of any such thing, it shall drag me to its home, be that where it may, or I will make it prisoner.”

“Oh, Charles! you know not the feeling of horror that will come across you when you do.  You have no idea of how the warm blood will seem to curdle in your veins, and how you will be paralysed in every limb.”

“Did you feel so?”

“I did.”

“I will endeavour to make head against such feelings.  The love of Flora shall enable me to vanquish them.  Think you it will come again to-morrow?”

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“I can have no thought the one way or the other.”

“It may.  We must arrange among us all, Henry, some plan of watching which, without completely prostrating our health and strength, will always provide that one shall be up all night and on the alert.”

“It must be done.”

“Flora ought to sleep with the consciousness now that she has ever at hand some intrepid and well-armed protector, who is not only himself prepared to defend her, but who can in a moment give an alarm to us all, in case of necessity requiring it.”

“It would be a dreadful capture to make to seize a vampyre,” said Henry.

“Not at all; it would be a very desirable one.  Being a corpse revivified, it is capable of complete destruction, so as to render it no longer a scourge to any one.”

“Charles, Charles, are you jesting with me, or do you really give any credence to the story?”

“My dear friend, I always make it a rule to take things at their worst, and then I cannot be disappointed.  I am content to reason upon this matter as if the fact of the existence of a vampyre were thoroughly established, and then to think upon what is best to be done about it.”

“You are right.”

“If it should turn out then that there is an error in the fact, well and good—­we are all the better off; but if otherwise, we are prepared, and armed at all points.”

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