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However, I keep seeing these posted individually, and I thought it would be interesting to put them side by side to compare and contrast them so that it may cause us to pause when we start to write someone off for being a bit "different." Everyone is guilty of that at times, so its good to pause and consider that before speaking/acting/posting.
Y'all realize, of course, that it took a Texan to kill Dracula, right? In Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel it was Texan Quincey Morris who ultimately kills the supernatural vampire. Stoker describes Morris as a rich young American from Texas who carries a rhino head Bowie knife at all times. At one point Quincey admits that he is a teller of tall tales (a Texan and teller of tall tales? Who would have thunk?) and 'a rough fellow, who hasn't "perhaps lived as a man should." Anyway, it's Quincey who drives his Bowie knife through Dracula's heart at the end. Unfortunately, just prior to that, he had been attacked by gypsies and his wounds end up killing him. Mina and John Harker, two of the novel's main characters, memorialize him by naming their son "Quincey."
I was curious about all of this and wondered why Stoker ---- an Irishman living in England ----- had made Quincey Morris a Texan. It turned out that Stoker was just as taken by the aura/mystique of Texas cowboys as anybody, for it was when he was writing "Dracula" that the first great wave of Texas "cowboy mythos" was washing over Europe.
So, yeah. Quincey Morris, vampire slayer ---- and Texan.
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