23 August - Later.
Another night adventure. Renfield
artfully waited until the attendant was entering the room to inspect. Then he
dashed out past him and flew down the passage. I sent word for the attendants
to follow. Again he went into the grounds of the deserted house, and we found
him in the same place, pressed against the old chapel door. When he saw me he
became furious, and had not the attendants seized him in time, he would have tried
to kill me. As we were holding him a strange thing happened. He suddenly redoubled
his efforts, and then as suddenly grew calm. I looked round instinctively, but
could see nothing. Then I caught the patient's eye and followed it, but could
trace nothing as it looked into the moonlight sky, except a big bat, which was
flapping its silent and ghostly way to the west. Bats usually wheel about, but
this one seemed to go straight on, as if it knew where it was bound for or had
some intention of its own.
The patient grew calmer every instant, and presently
said, "You needn't tie me. I shall go quietly!" Without trouble, we
came back to the house. I feel there is something ominous in his calm, and shall
not forget this night.