Dracula eBook

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more of the same, and with each a sovereign in hand, they made light of the attack, and swore that they would encounter a worse madman any day for the pleasure of meeting so ‘bloomin’ good a bloke’ as your correspondent.  I took their names and addresses, in case they might be needed.  They are as follows:  Jack Smollet, of Dudding’s Rents, King George’s Road, Great Walworth, and Thomas Snelling, Peter Farley’s Row, Guide Court, Bethnal Green.  They are both in the employment of Harris & Sons, Moving and Shipment Company, Orange Master’s Yard, Soho.

“I shall report to you any matter of interest occurring here, and shall wire you at once if there is anything of importance.

“Believe me, dear Sir,

“Yours faithfully,

“Patrick Hennessey.”


18 September

“My dearest Lucy,

“Such a sad blow has befallen us.  Mr. Hawkins has died very suddenly.  Some may not think it so sad for us, but we had both come to so love him that it really seems as though we had lost a father.  I never knew either father or mother, so that the dear old man’s death is a real blow to me.  Jonathan is greatly distressed.  It is not only that he feels sorrow, deep sorrow, for the dear, good man who has befriended him all his life, and now at the end has treated him like his own son and left him a fortune which to people of our modest bringing up is wealth beyond the dream of avarice, but Jonathan feels it on another account.  He says the amount of responsibility which it puts upon him makes him nervous.  He begins to doubt himself.  I try to cheer him up, and my belief in him helps him to have a belief in himself.  But it is here that the grave shock that he experienced tells upon him the most.  Oh, it is too hard that a sweet, simple, noble, strong nature such as his, a nature which enabled him by our dear, good friend’s aid to rise from clerk to master in a few years, should be so injured that the very essence of its strength is gone.  Forgive me, dear, if I worry you with my troubles in the midst of your own happiness, but Lucy dear, I must tell someone, for the strain of keeping up a brave and cheerful appearance to Jonathan tries me, and I have no one here that I can confide in.  I dread coming up to London, as we must do that day after tomorrow, for poor Mr. Hawkins left in his will that he was to be buried in the grave with his father.  As there are no relations at all, Jonathan will have to be chief mourner.  I shall try to run over to see you, dearest, if only for a few minutes.  Forgive me for troubling you.  With all blessings,

“Your loving

“Mina Harker”


20 September.—­Only resolution and habit can let me make an entry tonight.  I am too miserable, too low spirited, too sick of the world and all in it, including life itself, that I would not care if I heard this moment the flapping of the wings of the angel of death.  And he has been flapping those grim wings to some purpose of late, Lucy’s mother and Arthur’s father, and now . . .  Let me get on with my work.

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