And since so, do we not see our duty? Yes! And do we not promise to go on to the bitter end?'

Each said the Professor as we moved off:--

'Two nights hence you shall meet with me and dine together at seven of the clock with friend John. I shall entreat two others, two that you know not as yet; and I shall be ready to all our work show and our plans unfold. Friend John, you come with me home, for I have much to consult about, and you can help me. To-night I leave for Amsterdam, but shall return tomorrow night. And then begins our great quest. But first I shall have much to say, so that you may know what is to do and to dread. Then our promise shall be made to each other anew; for there is a terrible task before us, and once our feet are on ploughshare, we must not draw back.'


CHAPTER XVII
DR SEWARD'S DIARY (continued)

When we arrived at the Berkeley Hotel, Van Helsing found a telegram waiting for him:--

'Am coming up by train. Jonathan at Whitby. Important news. -- MINA HARKER.'

The Professor was delighted. 'Ah, that wonderful Madam Mina,' he said, 'pearl among women! She arrive, but I cannot stay. She must go to your house, friend John. You must meet her at the station. Telegraph her en route, so that she may be prepared.'

When the wire was he had a cup of tea; over it he told me of a diary kept by Jonathan Harker when abroad, and gave me a typewritten, copy of it, as also of Mrs Harker's diary at Whitby. 'Take these,' he said, 'and study them well. When I have returned you will be master of all the facts, and we can then better enter on our inquisition. Keep them safe, for there is in them much of treasure. You will need all your faith, even you who have had such an experience as that of to-day. What is here told,' he laid his hand heavily and gravely

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