The Art of Darkness

eText: Dracula’s Guest

September 15th, 2008 by Cobwebs

I gathered up a bunch of public domain eTexts a couple of years ago for the Other*Worlds*Cafe, and ran across this in my wanderings. I found it again yesterday when I was digging through some archives, and wanted to share.

This was excised from Dracula by Bram Stoker’s publisher due to the length of the original manuscript. It was published as a short story in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death. Enjoy!

Bram Stoker

When we started for our drive the sun was shining brightly on Munich, and the air was full of the joyousness of early summer. Just as we were about to depart, Herr Delbruck (the maitre d’hotel of the Quatre Saisons, where I was staying) came down bareheaded to the carriage and, after wishing me a pleasant drive, said to the coachman, still holding his hand on the handle of the carriage door, “Remember you are back by nightfall. The sky looks bright but there is a shiver in the north wind that says there may be a sudden storm. But I am sure you will not be late.” Here he smiled and added, “for you know what night it is.”

Johann answered with an emphatic, “Ja, mein Herr,” and, touching his hat, drove off quickly. When we had cleared the town, I said, after signalling to him to stop:

“Tell me, Johann, what is tonight?”

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