the only one who had any result, and we are in great hopes that his clue may be
an important one.
Before going to bed I went round to the patient's room and looked in through the
observation trap. He was sleeping soundly, his heart rose and fell with regular
This morning the man on duty reported to me that a little after midnight he was
restless and kept saying his prayers somewhat loudly. I asked him if that was all.
He replied that it was all he heard. There was something about his manner, so
suspicious that I asked him point blank if he had been asleep. He denied sleep,
but admitted to having "dozed" for a while. It is too bad that men cannot be
trusted unless they are watched.
Today Harker is out following up his clue, and Art and Quincey are looking after
horses. Godalming thinks that it will be well to have horses always in readiness,
for when we get the information which we seek there will be no time to lose. We
must sterilize all the imported earth between sunrise and sunset. We shall thus
catch the Count at his weakest, and without a refuge to fly to. Van Helsing is off
to the British Museum looking up some authorities on ancient medicine. The old
physicians took account of things which their followers do not accept, and the
Professor is searching for witch and demon cures which may be useful to us
I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait
Later.--We have met again. We seem at last to be on the track, and our work of
tomorrow may be the beginning of the end. I wonder if Renfield's quiet has
anything to do with this. His moods have so followed the doings of the Count,
that the coming destruction of the monster may be carried to him some subtle
way. If we could only get some hint as to what passed in his mind, between the
time of my argument with him today and his resumption of fly-catching, it might
afford us a valuable clue. He is now seemingly quiet for a spell. . . Is he? That
wild yell seemed to come from his room. . .
The attendant came bursting into my room and told me that Renfield had
somehow met with some accident. He had heard him yell, and when he went to
him found him lying on his face on the floor, all covered with blood. I must go at
once. . .