For example, the Borgo Pass marks the entry into Bukovina, and the Pass itself has been the scene of great fires and centuries of massacres, famine, and disease. Coincidentally, Harker's arrival at Bistritz is on the eve of St. George's Day, a night when "evil things in the world have full sway.".
In the novel's first chapters, the young English solicitor Jonathan Harker, traveling from London via Paris, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Klausenburg, and Bistritz, arrives at the castle after being picked up in the Borgo Pass by a mysterious driver, whom Harker later recognizes as his host, Count Dracula, himself. During the trip, he apparently falls asleep but wakes up when the calèche reaches the stronghold.
(the former Capital City of Nosnerland or Bistritz, a district governed by Saxon colonists as Royal Guests of the Hungarian Kings over the local Romanians in between the 12th century and 19th century) to the Tihuta (Borgo) Pass. On the road I remarked a veritable .
All of these realistic, almost mundane details create a context in which the odd behaviors of the people in Bistritz and at Borgo Pass stand out by contrast and create suspense. But Harker's first journal entries achieve more than setting the scene and creating a suspenseful tone. They also hint at contrasts that will shape the entire novel.
When Harker's train finally reaches Bistritz, not far from the Borgo Pass, Harker checks into the Golden Krone Hotel as instructed by Count Dracula. Harker reads a letter of welcome from the Count, who also writes about some of the local legends, beliefs, and superstitions. Ironically, Harker's arrival at Bistritz is on the eve of St. George's.
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