“My friend John, when the corn is grown, even before it has ripened–while the milk of its mother’s earth is in him, and the sunshine has not yet begun to paint him with his gold, the husbandman he pull the ear and rub him between his rough hands, and blow away the green chaff, and say to you: ‘Look! he’s good corn; he will make good crop when the time comes.'” This is a quote that Van Helsing says to his former student, John Steward
My favorite quote in this chapter is, “The time and distance seemed endless, and my knees trembled and my breath came laboured as I toiled up the endless steps to the abbey (78).” This is spoken by Mina, who described in detail her thoughts after Lucy goes missing in the middle of the night.
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.
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.