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London with its Teeming Millions

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Stoker is almost as ambivalent about England as he is about mothers. ‘London with its teeming millions’ is what Count Dracula hopes he will be able to prey on when he leaves his Transylvanian crypt. When Stoker left Dublin for London in 1878, he entered a world which offered him many more opportunities.Certainly Stoker’s work, and particularly his early work, registers a distinct sense of frustration with Ireland as a small and indeed cramping arena, as when we read in The Snake’s Pass of how the priest tells Phelim Joyce that he should be thankful because he has ‘such a boy as Eugene, winnin’ name and credit, and perhaps fame to come, even in England itself’ (SP: 41), or that

At Dublin Mr. Caicy met me, as agreed; and together we went to various courts, chambers, offices, and banks — completing the purchase with all the endless official formalities and eccentricities habitual to a country whose administration has traditionally adopted and adapted every possible development of all belonging to red-tape.

(SP: 191)

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Wild Boar Blue Mountain Home Rule Personal Reminiscence Thornley Stoker 
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Notes

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