Dracula eBook

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I was not so sleepy as I should have been, so before they went I asked Dr. Seward to give me a little opiate of some kind, as I had not slept well the night before.  He very kindly made me up a sleeping draught, which he gave to me, telling me that it would do me no harm, as it was very mild . . .  I have taken it, and am waiting for sleep, which still keeps aloof.  I hope I have not done wrong, for as sleep begins to flirt with me, a new fear comes:  that I may have been foolish in thus depriving myself of the power of waking.  I might want it.  Here comes sleep.  Goodnight.

CHAPTER 20

JONATHAN HARKER’S JOURNAL

1 October, evening.—­I found Thomas Snelling in his house at Bethnal Green, but unhappily he was not in a condition to remember anything.  The very prospect of beer which my expected coming had opened to him had proved too much, and he had begun too early on his expected debauch.  I learned, however, from his wife, who seemed a decent, poor soul, that he was only the assistant of Smollet, who of the two mates was the responsible person.  So off I drove to Walworth, and found Mr. Joseph Smollet at home and in his shirtsleeves, taking a late tea out of a saucer.  He is a decent, intelligent fellow, distinctly a good, reliable type of workman, and with a headpiece of his own.  He remembered all about the incident of the boxes, and from a wonderful dog-eared notebook, which he produced from some mysterious receptacle about the seat of his trousers, and which had hieroglyphical entries in thick, half-obliterated pencil, he gave me the destinations of the boxes.  There were, he said, six in the cartload which he took from Carfax and left at 197 Chicksand Street, Mile End New Town, and another six which he deposited at Jamaica Lane, Bermondsey.  If then the Count meant to scatter these ghastly refuges of his over London, these places were chosen as the first of delivery, so that later he might distribute more fully.  The systematic manner in which this was done made me think that he could not mean to confine himself to two sides of London.  He was now fixed on the far east on the northern shore, on the east of the southern shore, and on the south.  The north and west were surely never meant to be left out of his diabolical scheme, let alone the City itself and the very heart of fashionable London in the south-west and west.  I went back to Smollet, and asked him if he could tell us if any other boxes had been taken from Carfax.

He replied, “Well guv’nor, you’ve treated me very ’an’some”, I had given him half a sovereign, “an I’ll tell yer all I know.  I heard a man by the name of Bloxam say four nights ago in the ‘Are an’ ’Ounds, in Pincher’s Alley, as ‘ow he an’ his mate ’ad ’ad a rare dusty job in a old ’ouse at Purfleet.  There ain’t a many such jobs as this ’ere, an’ I’m thinkin’ that maybe Sam Bloxam could tell ye summut.”

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