1 The castle is on the very edge of a terrible precipice.
2 A band of Szgany have come to the castle, and are encamped in the courtyard.
3 In no place save from the windows in the castle walls is there an available exit.
4 The Szgany are quartered somewhere in the castle and are doing work of some kind.
5 I was now in a wing of the castle further to the right than the rooms I knew and a storey lower down.
6 I have not yet seen a servant anywhere, or heard a sound near the castle except the howling of wolves.
7 I knew he had left the castle now, and thought to use the opportunity to explore more than I had dared to do as yet.
8 Moreover, the walls of my castle are broken; the shadows are many, and the wind breathes cold through the broken battlements and casements.
9 This was evidently the portion of the castle occupied by the ladies in bygone days, for the furniture had more air of comfort than any I had seen.
10 From the windows I could see that the suite of rooms lay along to the south of the castle, the windows of the end room looking out both west and south.
11 This gave me a fright, for if there is no one else in the castle, it must have been the Count himself who was the driver of the coach that brought me here.
12 Every scrap of paper was gone, and with it all my notes, my memoranda, relating to railways and travel, my letter of credit, in fact all that might be useful to me were I once outside the castle.
13 When I asked him if he knew Count Dracula, and could tell me anything of his castle, both he and his wife crossed themselves, and, saying that they knew nothing at all, simply refused to speak further.
14 But my very feelings changed to repulsion and terror when I saw the whole man slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall over that dreadful abyss, face down with his cloak spreading out around him like great wings.
15 Suddenly, I became conscious of the fact that the driver was in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.
16 The castle was built on the corner of a great rock, so that on three sides it was quite impregnable, and great windows were placed here where sling, or bow, or culverin could not reach, and consequently light and comfort, impossible to a position which had to be guarded, were secured.
17 Last night the Count asked me in the suavest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few days, another that I was starting on the next morning from the time of the letter, and the third that I had left the castle and arrived at Bistritz.
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