Dr. Seaward's Diary
5 October - Later
When the Professor came
in, we talked over the state of things. I could see that he had something on his
mind, which he wanted to say, but felt some hesitancy about broaching the subject.
After beating about the bush a little, he said, "Friend John, there is something
that you and I must talk of alone, just at the first at any rate. Later, we may
have to take the others into our confidence."
Then he stopped, so I
waited. He went on, "Madam Mina, our poor, dear Madam Mina is changing."
cold shiver ran through me to find my worst fears thus endorsed. Van Helsing continued.
the sad experience of Miss Lucy, we must this time be warned before things go
too far. Our task is now in reality more difficult than ever, and this new trouble
makes every hour of the direst importance. I can see the characteristics of the
vampire coming in her face. It is now but very, very slight. But it is to be seen
if we have eyes to notice without prejudge. Her teeth are sharper, and at times
her eyes are more hard. But these are not all, there is to her the silence now
often, as so it was with Miss Lucy. She did not speak, even when she wrote that
which she wished to be known later. Now my fear is this. If it be that she can,
by our hypnotic trance, tell what the Count see and hear, is it not more true
that he who have hypnotize her first, and who have drink of her very blood and
make her drink of his, should if he will, compel her mind to disclose to him that
which she know?"
I nodded acquiescence. He went on, "Then, what
we must do is to prevent this. We must keep her ignorant of our intent, and so
she cannot tell what she know not. This is a painful task! Oh, so painful that
it heartbreak me to think of it, but it must be. When today we meet, I must tell
her that for reason which we will not to speak she must not more be of our council,
but be simply guarded by us."
He wiped his forehead, which had broken
out in profuse perspiration at the thought of the pain which he might have to
inflict upon the poor soul already so tortured. I knew that it would be some sort
of comfort to him if I told him that I also had come to the same conclusion. For
at any rate it would take away the pain of doubt. I told him, and the effect was
as I expected.
It is now close to the time of our general gathering. Van
Helsing has gone away to prepare for the meeting, and his painful part of it.
I really believe his purpose is to be able to pray alone.