Dracula Episode: September 25th

Episode Synopsis: A reporter for the Westminster Gazette writes about children who have gone missing while playing on Hampstead Heath, and have been found later, sometimes the next day, with wounds on their throats. All of these children have given the excuse that they had been lured away by “The Bloofer Lady”. Whether this is true, or an excuse that the other children picked up after the first occurrence is unknown, as the children have taken to playing the popular “Bloofer Lady” game amongst themselves while playing on the Heath. The reporter exclaims in an extra special that another child has been found injured, weakened, and emaciated. “The Bloofer Lady” was again given as cause. Mina anxiously awaits the visit from Van Helsing. Her mind is filled with the horrors of Jonathan’s Journal, and while she knows she is to speak with Van Helsing about Lucy, she hopes for a chance to get his opinion of Jonathan’s experience. Van Helsing arrives ask Mina if she might explain her vantage of the incident of Lucy’s sleepwalking to the churchyard. Mina mystifies Van Helsing by giving him her shorthand diary for a moment before producing her typewritten account. Van Helsing is overjoyed with the evidence that he is able to derive from her words, and praises her immensely, offering his services whenever she might need them. Mina takes this opportunity to ask him to help her with Jonathan’s sickness. After assuring Mina that he will not judge her and Jonathan, he takes Mina’s typewritten version of Jonathan’s Journal with him so he may read it and then discuss it with Mina and Jonathan at lunch tomorrow. Van Helsing writes to Mina that Jonathan’s account is true, and that he can certify before meeting him that Jonathan’s mind is sound. He praises that Jonathan’s account has provided rich detail that he had been needing. Mina writes back to Van Helsing exclaiming delight that Jonathan is sane. She says that Jonathan will be home earlier than expected, and asks Van Helsing to please come to breakfast instead of lunch.

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Dracula Episode: September 24th

Episode Synopsis: Mina is deeply disturbed by what she reads in Jonathan’s travel journal. She wonders how much of it could be true, for there is a certain continuity that would explain the appearance of that man Jonathan spotted the other day. To be safe, Mina decides to transcribe Jonathan’s Journal on her typewriter in case they should need to consult someone. Van Helsing writes to Mina asking if he might pay her a visit to discuss some of the details he found in Lucy’s writings. He states an awareness of Jonathan’s condition, and suggests it might be best if he meets her without Jonathan’s knowledge.

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Dracula Episode: September 23rd

Episode Synopsis: Mina is rejoiced that, since Mr. Hawkins has passed, Jonathan has taken up the mantle of responsibility excellently. He told her that he would be out late, and would be unable to return for lunch, so Mina has decided to take the opportunity to read Jonathan’s travel Journal.

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Dracula Episode: September 22nd

Episode Synopsis: Following the funeral of Mr. Hawkins, Mina and Jonathan take a walk through Hyde Park Corner. Jonathan undergoes a sort of trance as he sees a man intently watching a pretty woman, following her when she leaves. Jonathan proclaims that the man is the count, who has grown young again. Mina leads him away, and he falls asleep, awaking without memory of the encounter. Mina determines that she must find a time and read Jonathan’s travel journal to discover what horrors lie therein. When Mina and Jonathan return to Exeter, they discover a telegram from Van Helsing telling them that Lucy and her mother are both dead. It is with a heavy heart that the gentlemen friends of Lucy leave the cemetery where she and her mother are interred. Arthur speaks with guests about the blood transfusion he underwent on Lucy’s behalf, unaware of the other men who donated their own. He comments that he felt as though he and Lucy were married in the eyes of God. Once alone in the carriage with Dr. Seward, Van Helsing breaks down into a mixture of laughter and sobs. Dr. Seward is alarmed at the impropriety of laughter at such a morbid time, but Van Helsing explains that during times of great stress, it is a merciful laugh that breaks the strain, a laugh that cannot be stopped. He tells Seward that he cares for Arthur in his time of need more strongly because arthur reminds him of his own dead son. However, Van Helsing was struck by Arthur’s comment about the blood transfusion, because it would imply that Lucy was in fact “married” to all of them. Van Helsing tells Seward that he must return to Amsterdam to attend to some business, but then he will return to take care of further matters here. Seward concludes his diary, heartbroken with the loss of his love.

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Dracula Episode: September 20th

Episode Synopsis: The doctor that Seward had placed in charge of the asylum in his absence, Dr. Patrick Hennessy, writes to Seward describing an unfortunate incident regarding Renfield. Renfield had been witnessed shouting obscenities at some workmen who were retrieving some heavy wooden boxes from the neighboring Carfax Estate. When the men were preparing to leave, Renfield escaped from his room and attacked the men, almost killing one. He struggled against the attendants who managed to restrain him. The workmen were angry about the incident, but calmed down after Hennessy bought them a round of drinks and paid them a sovereign a piece to forget about the incident. Their names were recorded for future reference. Van Helsing, Seward, and Arthur trade turns watching over Lucy as she nears the end. Seward finds it perplexing that when asleep, Lucy pulls the garlic away, and when she awakens, she draws it close. Her teeth continue to look longer and sharper than usual. Van Helsing removes the scarf around her neck and discovers that the wounds on her throat have completely disappeared. He calls for Arthur to be brought in, as he believes Lucy is nearing the end. Arthur tries to comfort Lucy, but Van Helsing will not let him kiss Lucy on the lips. Lucy undergoes a change, actively seducing Arthur to kiss her, but Van Helsing forcefully keeps Arthur back. Lucy regains herself, thanking Van Helsing, and asking him to bring her peace. She closes her eyes and breathes her last. Lucy’s funeral is arranged for the following day so that Lucy might be buried with her mother, and so that Arthur may return to Ring immediately after to continue arrangements for his own father’s funeral. Rather than decay, Lucy’s body appears more luminous and beautiful in death such that the men can scarcely believe she has passed. Van Helsing insists upon looking over Lucy’s recent papers so as to prevent any critical or implicating information from being witnessed out of context. Once Mrs. Westenra’s solicitor had been notified of his client’s passing, Van Helsing and Seward check in on Lucy’s presentation. Van Helsing places garlic flowers among Lucy’s bouquets and a golden crucifix over Lucy’s lips. Van Helsing stops by Seward’s room and asks Seward to procure tools such that he might remove Lucy’s head and heart. Seward objects to such desecration, but admits that he called Van Helsing because his methods are true. As Seward bids goodnight to Van Helsing, he is touched by the sight of one of Lucy’s maids entering her burial chamber to pay final respects. The following morning, Van Helsing reveals that the maid had been robbing Lucy’s corpse and had stolen the golden crucifix that had been placed over her lips. As a result, Van Helsing’s ghastly desecration of Lucy would be postponed. Seward meets with Mr. Marquand, Mrs. Westenra’s solicitor, who explains that Mrs. Westenra had all her affairs well in order, leaving everything to Arthur. Arthur arrives to bid farewell to Lucy, and breaks into tears on Seward’s shoulder, disbelieving that she is truly dead. After the undertakers seal up Lucy’s coffin, Van Helsing asks Arthur for permission to hold and read Lucy’s private papers, to which Arthur acquiesces. For the remainder of the night, Van Helsing patrols the hallway beyond the burial chamber.

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