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Discovering history

Is there something in the crucifix itself that makes me feel better, or does it help me to remember that I am not alone and without friends? Some time, if I am alive to have that time, I must think about this and try to make up my mind about it. In the meantime I must find out all that I can about Count Dracula. I need to understand everything possible about him. Tonight I will try to change the conversation so that he talks about himself. I must be very careful, however, and make sure he does not realize that I am doing this.

Midnight. I have had a long talk with the Count. I asked him a few questions about the history of Transylvania, and he talked about it with wonderful enthusiasm. He spoke about things and people, and especially of battles, as if he had been there when it happened.