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"Then you are on a ship?'"
We all looked at each other, trying to glean something each from the other. We were
afraid to think.
The answer came quick, "Oh, yes!"
"What else do you hear?"
"The sound of men stamping overhead as they run about. There is the creaking of a
chain, and the loud tinkle as the check of the capstan falls into the ratchet." "What are
you doing?"
"I am still, oh so still. It is like death!" The voice faded away into a deep breath as of
one sleeping, and the open eyes closed again.
By this time the sun had risen, and we were all in the full light of day. Dr. Van Helsing
placed his hands on Mina's shoulders, and laid her head down softly on her pillow. She
lay like a sleeping child for a few moments, and then, with a long sigh, awoke and
stared in wonder to see us all around her.
"Have I been talking in my sleep?" was all she said. She seemed, however, to know the
situation without telling, though she was eager to know what she had told. The
Professor repeated the conversation, and she said, "Then there is not a moment to lose.
It may not be yet too late!"
Mr. Morris and Lord Godalming started for the door but the Professor's calm voice
called them back.
"Stay, my friends. That ship, wherever it was, was weighing anchor at the moment in
your so great Port of London. Which of them is it that you seek? God be thanked that
we have once again a clue, though whither it may lead us we know not. We have been
blind somewhat. Blind after the manner of men, since we can look back we see what we
might have seen looking forward if we had been able to see what we might have seen!
Alas, but that sentence is a puddle, is it not? We can know now what was in the Count's
mind, when he seize that money, though Jonathan's so fierce knife put him in the
danger that even he dread. He meant escape. Hear me, ESCAPE! He saw that with but
one earth box left, and a pack of men following like dogs after a fox, this London was no
place for him. He have take his last earth box on board a ship, and he leave the land.
He think to escape, but no! We follow him. Tally Ho! As friend Arthur would say when he
put on his red frock! Our old fox is wily. Oh! So wily, and we must follow with wile. I, too,
am wily and I think his mind in a little while. In meantime we may rest and in peace, for
there are between us which he do not want to pass, and which he could not if he would.
Unless the ship were to touch the land, and then only at full or slack tide. See, and the
sun is just rose, and all day to sunset is us. Let us take bath, and dress, and have
breakfast which we all need, and which we can eat comfortably since he be not in the
same land with us."
Mina looked at him appealingly as she asked, "But why need we seek him further,
when he is gone away from us?"