Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(backdated) 5 June. Dr. Seward's Diary.


Dr. Seward's Diary.

5 June. -- The case of Renfield grows more interesting the more I get to understand the man. He has certain qualities very largely developed; selfishness, secrecy, and purpose. I wish I could get at what is the object of the latter. He seems to have some settled scheme of his own, but what it is I do not yet know. His redeeming quality is a love of animals, though, indeed, he has such curious turns in it that I sometimes imagine he is only abnormally cruel. His pets are of odd sorts. Just now his hobby is catching flies. He has at present such a quantity that I have had myself to expostulate. To my astonishment, he did not break out into a fury, as I expected, but took the matter in simple seriousness.

He thought for a moment, and then said: "May I have three days? I shall clear them away." 

Of course, I said that would do. I must watch him.

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