| Quote #7
'He has all along, since his coming, been trying his power, slowly but surely; that big child-brain of his is working.' (23.4)
Van Helsing assures the rest of the Crew of Light that even Dracula's brain is different from theirs – it's a "child-brain."
| Quote #8
I have told them how the measure of leaving his own barren land – barren of peoples – and coming to a new land where life of man teems till they are like the multitude of standing corn, was the work of centuries. (24.12)
The simile here is probably deliberately ironic – comparing the people Dracula wants to feed on with delicious corn is too good not to have been on purpose.
| Quote #9
In his life, his living life, he go over the Turkey frontier and attack his enemy on his own ground; he be beaten back, but did he stay? No! He come again, and again, and again. (24.15)
Dracula has always been persistent. In the past, he's invaded other countries, and Van Helsing uses his knowledge of history to help predict what Dracula will do now.