Dracula (Penguin Classics) by Bram Stoker
By Bram Stoker
Purity is worthy ...
Count Dracula's fort is a hellish global the place evening is day, excitement is ache and the blood of the blameless prized chiefly. younger Jonathan Harker ways the gloomy gates with out notion what he's approximately to stand ...
And again in England eerie incidents are unfolding as unusual puncture marks seem on a tender woman's neck ... yet can Harker's fiancée be stored? And the place is the evil Dracula?
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