Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Haunted Honeymoon: Oct. 31

If you're reading this, I wasn't able to connect to the Internet. I'm presently taking a tour of Castle Bran, probably a little drunk and, I expect, have been talking incessantly about DRACULA since we left the United States.

Speaking of DRACULA, here's what was happening on this day in the novel. It wasn't an especially eventful day for Bram Stoker's vampire hunters.

31 October.- Still hurrying along. The day has come, and Godalming is sleeping. I am on watch. The morning is bitterly cold, the furnace heat is grateful, though we have heavy fur coats. As yet we have passed only a few open boats, but none of them had on board any box or package of anything like the size of the one we seek. The men were scared every time we turned our electric lamp on them, and fell on their knees and prayed.

31 October.- Arrived at Veresti at noon. The Professor tells me that this morning at dawn he could hardly hypnotize me at all, and that all I could say was, "dark and quiet." He is off now buying a carriage and horses. He says that he will later on try to buy additional horses, so that we may be able to change them on the way. We have something more than 70 miles before us. The country is lovely, and most interesting. If only we were under different conditions, how delightful it would be to see it all. If Jonathan and I were driving through it alone what a pleasure it would be. To stop and see people, and learn something of their life, and to fill our minds and memories with all the colour and picturesqueness of the whole wild, beautiful country and the quaint people! But, alas!

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