He took her hand and patted it as he replied, "Ask me nothing as yet. When we have
breakfast, then I answer all questions." He would say no more, and we separated to
After breakfast Mina repeated her question. He looked at her gravely for a minute and
then said sorrowfully, "Because my dear, dear Madam Mina, now more than ever must
we find him even if we have to follow him to the jaws of Hell!" She grew paler as she
asked faintly, "Why?"
"Because," he answered solemnly, "he can live for centuries, and you are but mortal
woman. Time is now to be dreaded, since once he put that mark upon your throat."
I was just in time to catch her as she fell forward in a faint.