knowledge experimentally. How he has been making use of the zoophagous
patient to effect his entry into friend John's home. For your Vampire, though in all
afterwards he can come when and how he will, must at the first make entry only
when asked thereto by an inmate. But these are not his most important
experiments. Do we not see how at the first all these so great boxes were moved
by others. He knew not then but that must be so. But all the time that so great
child-brain of his was growing, and he began to consider whether he might not
himself move the box. So he began to help. And then, when he found that this be
all right, he try to move them all alone. And so he progress, and he scatter these
graves of him. And none but he know where they are hidden.
"He may have intend to bury them deep in the ground. So that only he use them
in the night, or at such time as he can change his form, they do him equal well,
and none may know these are his hiding place! But, my child, do not despair, this
knowledge came to him just too late! Already all of his lairs but one be sterilize as
for him. And before the sunset this shall be so. Then he have no place where he
can move and hide. I delayed this morning that so we might be sure. Is there not
more at stake for us than for him? Then why not be more careful than him? By
my clock it is one hour and already, if all be well, friend Arthur and Quincey are
on their way to us. Today is our day, and we must go sure, if slow, and lose no
chance. See! There are five of us when those absent ones return."
Whilst we were speaking we were startled by a knock at the hall door, the double
postman's knock of the telegraph boy. We all moved out to the hall with one
impulse, and Van Helsing, holding up his hand to us to keep silence, stepped to
the door and opened it. The boy handed in a dispatch. The Professor closed the
door again, and after looking at the direction, opened it and read aloud.
"Look out for D. He has just now, 12:45, come from Carfax hurriedly and
hastened towards the South. He seems to be going the round and may want to
see you: Mina."
There was a pause, broken by Jonathan Harker's voice, "Now, God be thanked,
we shall soon meet!"
Van Helsing turned to him quickly and said, "God will act in His own way and
time. Do not fear, and do not rejoice as yet. For what we wish for at the moment
may be our own undoings."
"I care for nothing now," he answered hotly, "except to wipe out this brute from
the face of creation. I would sell my soul to do it!"
"Oh, hush, hush, my child!" said Van Helsing. "God does not purchase souls in
this wise, and the Devil, though he may purchase, does not keep faith. But God
is merciful and just, and knows your pain and your devotion to that dear Madam
Mina. Think you, how her pain would be doubled, did she but hear your wild
words. Do not fear any of us, we are all devoted to this cause, and today shall
see the end. The time is coming for action. Today this Vampire is limit to the
powers of man, and till sunset he may not change. It will take him time to arrive
here, see it is twenty minutes past one, and there are yet some times before he
can hither come, be he never so quick. What we must hope for is that my Lord
Arthur and Quincey arrive first."