Quote in Dracula

I think that the best quote in this chapter is, “This was evidently local pleasantry, for the old man cackled over it, and his cronies joined in with gusto (67).” This quote describes an old man who is introduced in the chapter, and who makes fun of death people in the graveyard. It most simply summarizes the chapter in one sentence.

Your Obedient Servant

I think that the song “Your Obedient Servant” from the musical Hamilton would best represent this portion of the book. The song describes two men writing letters back and forth, each signing off with the song’s title and then their name. This relates to what Mina and Lucy are doing. The chapter starts with Mina sending Lucy letters, and then Lucy sends her multiple ones at once. This is almost exactly what Hamilton does to Burr in the song.

Prediction of Dracula

Right now in Dracula, Jonathan is desperately trying to escape the Count’s castle and go back to his home in England. He is acting extremely clumsy and panicked, so I think that his attempts to escape will be unsuccessful. Due to his chaotic nature and all of the other dangerous factors in the house, Jonathan most likely will get himself caught and killed or sent back to his room as a prisoner.

Dracula Connections

Right now,  Jonathan is still trapped in the Count Mansion. This situation reminds me of the book Mockingjay when Peeta was trapped in the Capitol. Peeta was captured and tortured by the people in power and felt like he was in a nightmare. Jonathan feels the same way because he’s been locked up in this room and has no freedom.

Jonathan Trapped

My favorite quote in this book today was  “I passed to my room and went to bed, and, strange to say, slept without dreaming. Despair has its own calms (44).” I liked this quote because I think that it effectively painted a picture of how Jonathan felt. He is being kept prisoner in the Count’s mansion, and he realizes in the midst of this terror he’s experiencing, he finds relief in elementary things.

Murder

Right now in Dracula, Jonathan is exploring the castle in the middle of the night despite Count Dracula’s orders not to. He sees him climbing like a lizard down the side of the building. Jonathan writes, “What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature, is it in the semblance of man? (50). This shows how Dracula’s true self is beginning to shine through, and I think that soon he’ll find out what Jonathan is doing and kill him.