Mina Harker's Journal
Oh, it did me good to see
the way that these brave men worked. How can women help loving men when they are
so earnest, and so true, and so brave! And, too, it made me think of the wonderful
power of money! What can it not do when basely used. I felt so thankful that Lord
Godalming is rich, and both he and Mr. Morris, who also has plenty of money, are
willing to spend it so freely. For if they did not, our little expedition could
not start, either so promptly or so well equipped, as it will within another hour.
It is not three hours since it was arranged what part each of us was to do. And
now Lord Godalming and Jonathan have a lovely steam launch, with steam up ready
to start at a moment's notice. Dr. Seward and Mr. Morris have half a dozen good
horses, well appointed. We have all the maps and appliances of various kinds that
can be had. Professor Van Helsing and I are to leave by the 11:40 train tonight
for Veresti, where we are to get a carriage to drive to the Borgo Pass. We are
bringing a good deal of ready money, as we are to buy a carriage and horses. We
shall drive ourselves, for we have no one whom we can trust in the matter. The
Professor knows something of a great many languages, so we shall get on all right.
We have all got arms, even for me a large bore revolver. Jonathan would not be
happy unless I was armed like the rest. Alas! I cannot carry one arm that the
rest do, the scar on my forehead forbids that. Dear Dr. Van Helsing comforts me
by telling me that I am fully armed as there may be wolves. The weather is getting
colder every hour, and there are snow flurries which come and go as warnings.