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by Bram Stoker

Dracula Technology and Modernization Quotes

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Quote #1

It seems to me that the further East you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China? (1.5)

Throughout the novel, Bram Stoker is obsessed with train travel and other "modern" inventions for transportation and communication. So it's important to notice that in this first mention of train travel, it's to compare the "East" unfavorably with the "West."

Quote #2

It is nineteenth century up-to-date with a vengeance. And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere "modernity" cannot kill. (3.24)

While trapped in Dracula's castle, Harker comforts himself with his super-modern shorthand diary. But he also realizes that history has a certain power that all his modern technologies can't cope with.

Quote #3

Dr Seward's Diary (Kept in phonograph) (5.16)

Dr. Seward keeps his diary in a phonograph, which is an early recording device. All he has to do is speak into it and his words are recorded. Mina offers to type out the recorded entries later, which is (supposedly) how they came to be included in the collection of documents that form the novel. Check out "Best of the Web" to see a picture of a phonograph from the 1890s.

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