Dracula summary 11-12

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Chapter 11:
Seward and Van Helsing arrive at Lucy’s home the morning of September 13 to find, much to Van Helsing’s distress, that Lucy’s mother, finding the smell of garlic in her daughter’s roomoppressive, removed the flowers from Lucy’s neck while Lucy slept and also opened the bedroom window for fresh air. Finding Lucy again weakened, Van Helsing again arranges for another bloodtransfusion, donating his own blood to Lucy this time. For the next several nights, Lucy sleeps peacefully; she is no longer even afraid of the flapping bats outside her window.
 
Over a week later, onSeptember 17, a large wolf escapes from the Zoological Gardens (in Regent’s Park). The zookeeper reported seeing “a tall, thin chap… with a ’ard, cold look and red eyes” at the wolf’s cage prior to theanimal’s escape; remarkably, the stranger was able to scratch the wolf’s ears with no danger to himself. The zookeeper also saw “a big grey dog” on the grounds the night of the wolf’s escape. Just beforemidnight, the keeper found the wolf gone, the bars of its cage mangled. Berserker returns the next day to the Zoo on his own, “his head all cut and full of broken glass.”
 
Meanwhile, also onSeptember 17, Renfield breaks into Seward’s office and has slashed his caretaker’s wrist. Renfield laps Seward’s spilled blood from the floor, stating to the attendants who come to restrain him, “The bloodis the life.” That night, having received no word from Van Helsing, Seward resolves to get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, a telegram to Seward from Van Helsing was delayed by nearly a full day,in which Van Helsing implored Seward to stay with Lucy that night, since Van Helsing could not. During that night, left alone, Lucy is wakened by the flapping sound at her window. Hearing her awake,her mother enters her room to comfort her. As they lie together, “a great, gaunt grey wolf” (presumably Berserker) crashes through the window; startled, Lucy’s mother clutches at the ring of garlic...
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