Victorian sexual repression
"Savage delight" - oxymoron
"Why can't a girl marry three men?"
"He kept playing with a lancet in a way that nearly made me scream"
"We would have shocked the New Woman with our appetites!"
"I waited in langorous ecstasy - waited, waited with a beating heart"
"Purity to voluptuous wantonness"
"I shall cut off her head and fill her mouth with garlic, and I shall drive a stake through her body."
"Old witches, who, expelled from Scythia, mated with devils in the desert"
East and West
"It seems to be that the further east you go the more unpunctual are the trains. What ought they to be in China?"
"Every known superstition in the world is gathered in the horseshoe of the Carpathians, as if it were some sort of imaginative whirlpool"
"The extreme east of the country"
"The ordinary peasant's cart, with it's long, snake-like vertebra, calculated to suit the inequalities of the road"
Eric Mustin argues that by bringing earth from Transylvania, "he's acknowledging the societal differences between his homeland and his colonial ambitions"
Religion and superstition
"His eyes blazed red with devilish passion"
"The shadow of a cloud obscured St Mary's church"
"God preserve my sanity"
"What meant the giving of the crucifix, of the garlic, of the wild rose, of the mountain ash?"
"A foul bauble of man's vanity"
"Flesh of my flesh"
"I must bear this mark of shame upon my forehead until the Judgement Day"
"It is the Eve of St. George's Day....all the evil in the world will have full sway"
Predator vs Prey
"I shall cut off her head and fill her mouth with garlic and I shall drive a stake through her body"
"The children of the night!What music they make!"
"His face was a strong - a very strong - acquiline"
"the strength of ten men"
"hands which bore on their whiteness the red mark of the Count's terrible grip"
"flesh of my flesh"
"A resemblance to a child forcing a kitten's nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to drink"
"in his lizard fashion"