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Quote #4

Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble? But this is heresy, and I must not say it. (5.11)

This is a pretty scandalous thing for Lucy to say! She's basically advocating polygamy here. This is what we're talking about when we say that Lucy is naturally more sexual than Mina is – Mina would never, ever suggest that it would be awesome to have more than one husband.

Quote #5

'You know, dear, my ideas of the trust between husband and wife: there should be no secret, no concealment.' (9.2)

This is Jonathan Harker's ideal of marriage. Of course, he's the one who breaks this ideal when he stops keeping Mina in the loop about their fight against Dracula. And look what happens! She gets bitten.

Quote #6

I feel very solemn, but very, very happy. Jonathan woke a little after the hour, and all was ready, and he sat up in bed, propped up with pillows. He answered his 'I will' firmly and strongly. I could hardly speak; my heart was so full that even those words seemed to choke me. (9.4)

Mina hardly sounds like a glowing, blushing, happy bride. She says she's happy, but she almost seems to insist on it too much. Even the words "I will" seemed to "choke" her. Isn't she happy to be married to Jonathan?

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