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Chapter 21
3 October.--Let me put down with exactness all that happened, as well as I can
remember, since last I made an entry. Not a detail that I can recall must be forgotten. In
all calmness I must proceed.
When I came to Renfield's room I found him lying on the floor on his left side in a
glittering pool of blood. When I went to move him, it became at once apparent that he
had received some terrible injuries. There seemed none of the unity of purpose between
the parts of the body which marks even lethargic sanity. As the face was exposed I
could see that it was horribly bruised, as though it had been beaten against the floor.
Indeed it was from the face wounds that the pool of blood originated.
The attendant who was kneeling beside the body said to me as we turned him over, "I
think, sir, his back is broken. See, both his right arm and leg and the whole side of his
face are paralysed." How such a thing could have happened puzzled the attendant
beyond measure. He seemed quite bewildered, and his brows were gathered in as he
said, "I can't understand the two things. He could mark his face like that by beating his
own head on the floor. I saw a young woman do it once at the Eversfield Asylum before
anyone could lay hands on her. And I suppose he might have broken his neck by falling
out of bed, if he got in an awkward kink. But for the life of me I can't imagine how the
two things occurred. If his back was broke, he couldn't beat his head, and if his face was
like that before the fall out of bed, there would be marks of it."
I said to him, "Go to Dr. Van Helsing, and ask him to kindly come here at once. I want
him without an instant's delay."
The man ran off, and within a few minutes the Professor, in his dressing gown and
slippers, appeared. When he saw Renfield on the ground, he looked keenly at him a
moment, and then turned to me. I think he recognized my thought in my eyes, for he
said very quietly, manifestly for the ears of the attendant, "Ah, a sad accident! He will
need very careful watching, and much attention. I shall stay with you myself, but I shall
first dress myself. If you will remain I shall in a few minutes join you."
The patient was now breathing stertorously and it was easy to see that he had suffered
some terrible injury.
Van Helsing returned with extraordinary celerity, bearing with him a surgical case. He
had evidently been thinking and had his mind made up, for almost before he looked at
the patient, he whispered to me, "Send the attendant away. We must be alone with him
when he becomes conscious, after the operation." I said, "I think that will do now,
Simmons. We have done all that we can at present. You had better go your round, and
Dr. Van Helsing will operate. Let me know instantly if there be anything unusual