It is the eve of St. George’s Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway? Do you know where you are going, and what you are going to do?

Here, the inn’s landlady tries to warn Jonathan Harker against visiting Count Dracula on this particular day. While Harker doesn’t quite believe her at first, her words mark the first indication of how strong evil forces can be in the novel. Readers may note, based on her warning, that Count Dracula summons Harker on the day when the Count will be most powerful. Harker comes from a world where such superstitions and magic do not exist, so he doesn’t take the landlady’s words seriously. He soon realizes the gravity of his mistake.

The nosferatu do not die like the bee when he sting once. He is only stronger; and being stronger, have yet more power to work evil.

Professor Van Helsing explains to the others in the group the difficulty of destroying vampires. Rather than being punished for or weakened by the evil acts they commit, vampires only become more powerful with each new victim. This cause and effect renders even the strongest forces of good weak against the powers of the vampire.