I shall not give my consent to anything you do. I have a duty to do in protecting her
grave from outrage, and by God, I shall do it!"
Van Helsing rose up from where he had all the time been seated, and said, gravely and
sternly, "My Lord Godalming, I too, have a duty to do, a duty to others, a duty to you, a
duty to the dead, and by God, I shall do it! All I ask you now is that you come with me,
that you look and listen, and if when later I make the same request you do not be more
eager for its fulfillment even than I am, then, I shall do my duty, whatever it may seem to
me. And then, to follow your Lordship's wishes I shall hold myself at your disposal to
render an account to you, when and where you will." His voice broke a little, and he
went on with a voice full of pity.
"But I beseech you, do not go forth in anger with me. In a long life of acts which were
often not pleasant to do, and which sometimes did wring my heart, I have never had so
heavy a task as now. Believe me that if the time comes for you to change your mind
towards me, one look from you will wipe away all this so sad hour, for I would do what a
man can to save you from sorrow. Just think. For why should I give myself so much
labor and so much of sorrow? I have come here from my own land to do what I can of
good, at the first to please my friend John, and then to help a sweet young lady, whom
too, I come to love. For her, I am ashamed to say so much, but I say it in kindness, I
gave what you gave, the blood of my veins. I gave it, I who was not, like you, her lover,
but only her physician and her friend. I gave her my nights and days, before death, after
death, and if my death can do her good even now, when she is the dead UnDead, she
shall have it freely." He said this with a very grave, sweet pride, and Arthur was much
affected by it.
He took the old man's hand and said in a broken voice, "Oh, it is hard to think of it, and
I cannot understand, but at least I shall go with you and wait."