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Quarantine with the Vampire (Part 5) 8/17

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Chartreuse: The mass clinic at Hatchebury Music Hall is letting servants book our shots now. We just have to visit in person to get them.

Imri: You’re already falling behind on work . . . and now you want servants to be going on day trips?

Chartreuse: Half of your staff has quit, been slowed down by the brumavirus, or died, my Lord. We’ll never catch up without more people.

Imri: Well, we can’t get more of you until the ones we have are vaccinated!

Chartreuse: Yes, it’s quite a catch-22 for you, Lord Imri.

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Isn’t this guy supposed to be a savvy businessman?

Vampires in the 19th Century: Metaphor for Victorian fears of unrestrained sexuality and the dark allure of those not like “us”

Vampires in the 21st Century: Late-stage capitalism.

I thought vampire hunters in the 19th century were a metaphor for Victorian fears of being found out for what we were really like.

Admittedly, my recollection could just be delusions of past lives.

Dracula was also a representation of the fear of a sort of reverse imperialism – he’s foreign to Britain and still doing things like hunting (although, y’know, it’s hunting people) whereas Britain was in the throes of an industrial revolution and moving away from that sort of thing. There was some secret fear that British men were losing their manliness in some way from relying on the technology of the time and moving away from “older manliness” like being a lord and hunting for yourself and whatnot. This is why Dracula is defeated by a group of modern professionals – a doctor, a lawyer, etc. I also think it’s super interesting that in addition to defeating Dracula, Quincey Morris (American cowboy-esque character) is also killed in a subtle win for Britain.
The sexuality is also a big part of it, and why Lucy, who’s being courted by three men, flirts with them all, and at one point goes outside in bare feet (scandalous!) is the one to be vampirized and killed as punishment for her unacceptable-for-the-times sexuality, while Mina, the “good” wife is partially turned but survives.
Sorry for the long ramble, but I recently took a Gothic Lit class and I thought our Dracula unit was super interesting! I would’ve never noticed any of the imperialism/manliness stuff on my own.

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