"This boy will some day know what a brave and gallant woman his mother is"
Le Vampire, by R. de Moraine
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A happy ending? Dracula has been defeated, the danger is over, and Mina is safe. Or is she? Many later fictional works have played with the idea of Mina as a vampire, reading a more ambiguous note in the ending of Dracula. At first look, it appears pretty clear that Stoker meant her to be cured: she crossed the holy circle and the scar on her forehead disappeared, both indicating that Dracula’s influence is gone from her. Van Helsing was also fairly certain earlier in the book that killing a vampire would release all its victims from the curse. However, Mina was not simply bitten by Dracula; she also drank some of his blood. Perhaps killing Dracula only removed the immediate threat, but his blood will always be a poison lurking inside her. Perhaps Mina might still become a vampire upon her death? Whatever Stoker’s intention, this idea has proved popular in stories such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Demons.

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Whether Mina is to become a vampire or not, killing Dracula certainly did not remove the greater threat of vampirism from the world. It is strongly suggested in the novel that Dracula was not the first vampire, and that there are many more monsters lurking out there in the night…