Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Thus are we ministers of God's own wish: that the world, and men for whom His Son die, will not be given over to monsters, whose very existence would defame Him. He have allowed us to redeem one soul already, and we go out as the old knights of the Cross to redeem more. Like them we shall travel towards the sunrise; and like them, if we fall, we fall in good cause. (24.12)
Because Romania borders on Turkey, Van Helsing compares their mission with the old Crusaders, or the "knights of the Cross," who traveled east ("towards the sunrise") to Jerusalem to "reclaim" it for Christians. Van Helsing believes that they're on a mission from God.