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WELCOME TO MY HOUSE! ENTER FREELY AND OF YOUR OWN WILL!

I first read Dracula when I was around 14.

The part of the book that horrified me the most was early on when Jonathan Harker, after being Dracula’s “guest” for about 3 days while conducting business, despite the awesome spectacle of the castle situated on the terrible precipice and the magnificent scenery around it, suddenly realizes he is a prisoner.

“Wild feelings” took over the frantic Harker, for a while, until the eventual realization that he was helpless took over his being an overpowered everything else.

What’s more, in ensuing conversations with his “host”, Harker’s increasingly strained but always polite conversations with the Count distressed him more. Harker realized that Dracula was toying with him, had him under his control, knew how helpless he was but that he could say or do nothing to stop him.

After more than a week at the castle, when Dracula suggests he write his employer a letter explaining he is to stay another month, Harker asks, “Do you wish me to stay so long?”

Dracula replies that he engaged his employer’s services and his needs must be honored.

Harker rationalizes about his employer’s interests and his duties as his representative, but deep inside knows the decision to stay is not his.

“What could I do but bow acceptance? It was Mr. Hawkin’s interest, not mine, and I had to think of him, not myself…”

But then - “and besides, while Count Dracula was speaking, there was that in his eyes and in his bearing which made me remember that I was a prisoner, and that I had no choice. The Count saw victory in my bow, and in the trouble of my face, for he began at once to use them …”

Ever had that awful feeling … that you were under someone’s control, and you knew it, and he or she knew it, and there was notthing you could do but smile and act stupid and engage in small-talk as if nothing were wrong?

And your “host” loved every minute of control and your silent timid acceptance?

Know how that feels? Is it funny to you? Does it make you laugh … nervously?

And to think … to make it worse … you asked for it … virtually begged for it … ignored every warning not to go to Borgo Pass.

Remember when I told you, “They’re here!”?

Are you ready to knock on the door?

“Enter freely, and of your own will!”

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tniassaint
Feb. 9th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
One of my fascinations with the vampire legends - they can manipulate you, but always there are manners. They have to ASK to come in.

Unless it's the Salem's Lot when the vampire comes bursting through the window...

I so love OLD SCHOOL vampires...

Thanks for the flashback.
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