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Dracula

CHAPTER 1 1876

Summary

Chapter 1 starts with the main persona, Jonathan Harker; a
solicitor clerk making a journey to Transylvania at he behest of a
client Count Dracula. Jonathan starts making entries in his
journal on May 3. He leaves Munich and arrives at Vienna
Budapest. He stops at Hotel Royale, where he has dinner but his
night is restless as he has queer dreams. He starts out again in the
morning boarding the train at Bistritz. As directed by the Count,
he goes to Golden Krone Hotel, where Dracula gives him a letter.

On May 4, his next entry tells about the fear on the faces of is
landlord and wife. They refuse to tell him much about Dracula
and instead try to dissuade from going, telling him that it is the
eve of St. George's Day, when all the evil things in the world
have full sway. The Landlord's wife puts a rosary around on his
neck. The Count's coach arrives for Jonathan.

On May 5, in the castle, the driver, the landlord and his wife, and
a small crowd point two fingers at Jonathan and make the sign of
the cross. Jonathan is later told that this is to word of evil. The
driver and Jonathan arrive earlier than schedule time. The driver
urges Jonathan to go back. Before Jonathan can react, a tall man
with along brown beard and a great black hat comes along. The
other driver makes a sign of the cross and leaves in a hurry. The
tall man drives his carriage away towards Dracula's castle. At
about midnight a dog begins to howl followed by many others.
The horses nervously strain and rear but the driver pacifies them
almost magically. The howling sounds nearer and nearer and this
time it is the baying of the wolves. Suddenly, Jonathan sees a
faint flickering blue flame. The driver sees it and jumps down
and disappears into the darkness. He reappears again, the flames
seems to have disappeared. Again it appears but does not seem to
illumine the place. Once a strange optical effect happens, where
the driver stands between the flame and Jonathan and does not
obstruct it. The howling of the wolves continuously follows the
carriage. The horses jump and rear in terror, but the driver is in
full command. After some time, they finally stop in the courtyard
of a vast ruined castle with tall black windows through which no
light penetrates. Jonathan enters all this in his journal.

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