In this excerpt, the young protagonist Adam Salton is conferring with his neighbor Sir Nicholas, who's helping him rid the world of the ancient evil residing in a nearby castle:
". . . being feminine, she will probably over-reach herself. Now, Adam, it strikes me that, as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature, our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine. Perhaps we had better sleep on it. She is a thing of the night; and the night may give us some ideas." [p.71 of the online edition at Project Gutenberg]Well, ordinarily I'd be a little miffed at all that blather about her being feminine and "over-reaching herself," and having to protect everybody from "feminine nature." But in this case, the woman they're talking about may or may not be getting ready to turn herself into a gigantic, antediluvian man-eating serpent creature. So I guess you can't blame the guys for feeling a teensy bit threatened, can you?
(Oops! Guess that's a smidge of a spoiler. But this is such a silly excuse for a horror story, I don't think those same rules really apply.)
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Bram Stoker, ca. 1912. Photo: Wikipedia's Wikimedia Commons.