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summergirl2408 · 7 hours ago
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Mina: oh no I must have accidentally poked Lucy in the neck with my safety-pin :(
All of us reading knowing the context about vampires:
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moonsun2010 · 7 hours ago
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Two pin-pricks you say
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crepuscol · 23 hours ago
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sleepwalking the shadow dog
(no spoiler!) (see dogcula here)
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kaiserin-erzsebet · 7 hours ago
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What many adaptations miss is that the reason Lucy is attacked by the Count is a mix of factors that don't include the Count specifically targeting her:
She is genetically predisposed to sleepwalking to start with, and it gets more intense as she gets more stressed.
The events in Whitby - especially Mr. Swales' death - make her more stressed and thus more likely to sleepwalk.
Crucially, the night of the attack Mina is tired from a long walk and an unexpected guest and therefor does not make sure the doors are locked like she normally would.
She walks to a familiar spot as most sleepwalkers would, and it turns out that being in graveyard in a vulnerable state is the worst place to be with a vampire on the loose.
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see-arcane · 7 hours ago
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God. Picture that night in the moment.
Your best friend, the girl you love most in the world, joined at your hip since childhood, beautiful and sweet and so, so scared of things she will not name—she’s gone. Sleepwalked right out the door in only her nightdress. You give chase in barely more.
The town is empty. Good.
The town is empty. Has a town ever been so empty, even at night, in anything but a nightmare? Are you dreaming?
Lucy? Lucy?
She is sitting in your seat in the graveyard. She is not alone.
Hindsight and the poetry you will have liberty to muffle the vision with will repaint the dark figure as a beast, but what do you think, really think, in that instant? What is the only thing you can think of when your best friend is so beautiful, so lost, so senseless in mobile sleep and slumped half-dressed under the moonlight, open to whatever company might invite himself?
Why can you go no faster? What is wrong with your legs?
Lucy!
The shadow turns up his pale face. Eyes all red. Seeing you—yes, yes, you are a witness! Get away! Get away from her!
(Please, God, let him be the sort to run. Let him not have any killing thing in his hand.)
He is gone. But why does she breathe like that? Home. You must get her home. Unseen. In nightdresses, in the moon-scratched dark, through town.
Nobody sees you, not even the wandering man who stumbles by your alcove. A miracle.
(Why do you still feel watched?)
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atundratoadstool · 7 hours ago
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We're in full horror novel mode now, but the inherent comedy that is Dracula is still giving us an episode of trying to steer your somnambulist friend into an alley to avoid drunks, and I'm glad everyone is already appreciating Mina's mud shoes.
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sugaredrefrain · 6 hours ago
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Here is an excellent video showing you just how far Mina ran to rescue Lucy! I remember when I was reading it I stumbled across this video and really loved seeing the scale of it.
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scoobhead · 5 hours ago
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quickly pointing out that the "full moon" around august 10 described in today's dracula daily matches almost exactly with the "full moon" TONIGHT, august 11, 2022.... coincidence?? i think NOT!!! THIS IS THE YEAR OF DRACULA
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kaiserin-erzsebet · 7 hours ago
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This entry does establish a couple things to consider with our good friend Jonathan.
First, we now know that the marks of fed on do not hurt afterwards. Mina points them out to Lucy, but Lucy did not notice them on her own. So Jonathan, on his own and without a mirror, may not have noticed.
Second, someone can be more lively after being fed on. A common refutation of the idea that the Count fed on Jonathan is that Jonathan had a surprising amount of energy the next day. But we can see that Mina mentions Lucy seeming more energetic afterwards, not less.
While it is still very much up to interpretation, these pieces of information are worth thinking about.
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shutup-rachel · 7 hours ago
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Poor Mina both her boyfriend AND her girlfriend keep being bothered by Dracula
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see-arcane · 7 hours ago
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“I shall lock the door and secure the key the same as before, though I do not expect any trouble to-night.”
Mina. Mina, no, you’re in a horror novel. Mina, you’re a character in Dracula. Mina, this shit is up there with, ‘I’ll be right back!’ and look where that got Jonathan! Mina!
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atundratoadstool · 7 hours ago
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Spoilers, but nobody expect this level of competent vampire attack management for the rest of this novel. "Oh no! I pricked her with a safety pin :(" aside, Mina has set a bar here, and other cast members are going to struggle with its height.
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metaphysicaltelephone · 6 hours ago
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So Lucy goes sleepwalking out to the cliffs, Mina brings her home again and is so careful to keep her warm and protect her, then thinks she accidentally poked Lucy in the throat with a safety pin. Poor Mina feels terrible about it
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lifeofbrybooks · 7 hours ago
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August 11 — Blood and the turn of the century.
Bram Stoker drew on the fears of the Victorian people to solidify the horror in his gothic horror novel.
As the turn of the century neared, medical sciences were flourishing with new discoveries — I already hit some points before about Renfield and the late-Victorian era’s fear of Darwinism. However, one of the most prominent discoveries was medical theories surrounding blood and genetics.
The Sanguine Economy Theory is the term given to the alignment of both the figurative and literal qualities of blood, and it was used during this time period to harvest fear in a people already wary of the quickly changing medical and scientific communities. In particular, there was the idea that a depletion of semen equated to a depletion of blood, and that the loss of blood not only caused physical illness but a loss of morality.
So a couple things are happening with blood pertaining to Dracula:
By feasting on blood, he is tainting or polluting his victims both in a physical and societal sense — ruining them morally but also muddying their clean bloodlines (which pulls at the fears of colonization, overall Other™️ and degeneration).
By drinking the blood, this act becomes not just violent, but sexually violent. In today’s entry, Lucy, who is this depiction of purity and innocence, is lured out of her bed in the middle of the night by Dracula. Mina finds them in a very compromising position, and then notices a spot of blood on Lucy’s nightgown later on — which can symbolize that her purity had been stained. (Mina also is thankful they did not come across another *sober* soul as she walked Lucy home, because being found would cause questions to Lucy’s societal reputation — inferring the idea of ruination for this act)
Just to throw some more points at yinz: Just the act of gaining life-force from consuming another person’s bodily fluid can be perceived as sexual (obviously, especially during this time period), the weird sisters were overly-sexualized and looked to feed off Jonathan, Jonathan noticed Dracula’s lips were red and cheeks flushed after we assume he fed on our dear friend (just a little, as a treat) — which are qualities associated with sexual desire.
There’s so much more on how blood is portrayed throughout the novel (it’s probably the biggest reoccurring motif), but these are what I think the biggest points are for today’s entry
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Mina covering Lucy’s neck so she doesn’t get a cold and wondering why Lucy is breathing heavily and groaning in pain, and the next morning thinking that the wound on Lucy’s neck is from a safety pin is one of the most frustrating “dracula character doesn’t know they’re in dracula” moments in the book so far. It makes everything that much more terrifying because you know exactly what happened and now you have to wait for the characters to realize it
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marghen · 6 hours ago
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Lucy, wake up!
I don't like this!
Lucy, wake up!!
Hey, hello?
Time to wake up, time to wake up
Can you hear me? Wake up, Lucy!
I don't like this!
LUCY, WAKE UP!!
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