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Chapter 9

Mina writes to Lucy from Budapest, where she has traveled to meet with Jonathan Harker; they are married at the hostel a few days after she arrives. Harker is recovering, but still very weak. He gives Mina the journal which records his experiences at Castle Dracula, but he thinks he wrote it under the influence of fever. Mina decides to keep the journal, unread. Lucy writes a quick note back telling of her upcoming wedding to Arthur Holmwood, which is to happen in a month's time.

Dr. Seward records another attempt by Renfield to escape. Again the madman runs to the deserted house next door; as the hospital staff recaptures Renfield, Seward sees a large bat fly overhead. Lucy seems to be ill, appearing horribly pale and very anxious, so Arthur Holmwood asks Seward to examine her. Seward visits but can find no physical cause for her condition. He recommends calling a Dr. Van Helsing, an eminent Dutch doctor who was his teacher. Van Helsing comes and examines Lucy. Like Seward, he can find no physical cause of illness, but seems troubled by Lucy's symptoms. Meanwhile, Renfield continues to behave strangely, crying that his master has abandoned him. Seward notices that Renfield tends to become agitated during the day, then calm at night.

The chapter concludes with three telegrams from Seward to Van Helsing: the first two report that Lucy is improving, the third says there's been a dramatic change for the worse, and begs Van Helsing to come immediately.

Chapter 10

Van Helsing returns to England. When he arrives at the Westenras' house, Lucy appears worse than ever: extremely pale and weak, and so thin that the bones stand out in her face. Van Helsing orders an immediate blood transfusion, and Arthur Holmwood volunteers to be the donor. The transfusion quickly restores Lucy, though she remains fatigued. Seward and Van Helsing notice the puncture marks on her throat, which still have not healed, but the medical men are unable to explain them. Van Helsing tells Seward to stay awake and watch over Lucy that night. The next night, Lucy seems reluctant to sleep, and tells Seward she is afraid, because sleep is when she is stricken with her illness. Seward reassures her, and she sleeps uneventfully through the night. The next night, Seward remains at the Westenras', but the danger seems to have passed, and so he sleeps on a sofa within easy call of Lucy's room. Van Helsing wakes Seward in the morning and the two men check on their patient. Lucy is sicker than before, in danger of death. Van Helsing performs an emergency transfusion; this time, after some reservation, Seward acts as donor. Lucy improves, though she is still very weak. Van Helsing hangs garlic all over Lucy's room, and makes a wreath of garlic flowers for her to wear around her neck. Warning Lucy not to open her window for any reason, Van Helsing leaves with Seward.

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5 and 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9 and 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14 and 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19 and 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24 and 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27


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