Dracula

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An old man living in Whitby, the vacation spot where Lucy and Mina stay together, Swales jokes to the two young women about the unnecessary nature of cemeteries. He later recants his jokes when he feels that a kind of "evil" has arrived in England, when the boat on which Dracula traveled to England winds up at the Whitby port. Swales then dies at night under mysterious circumstances.
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Swales Character Timeline in Dracula

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Chapter 6
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Mina reports of an old man named Swales with whom she converses, overlooking the harbor at Whitby. Although his dialect is very thick,... (full context)
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Mina Murray's Journal. August 1. Mina reports another conversation she and Lucy have with Mr. Swales, the old man she met previously above the harbor, and two other old men from... (full context)
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Swales, his friends, and Mina and Lucy walk through a graveyard nearby and look at names... (full context)
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...has achieved a shade of gray, as though a storm is coming. Mina meets with Swales, the old man, on the high rocks above Whitby, when Mina is walking—Swales apologizes for... (full context)
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Swales leaves Mina, and a coast-guardsman arrives to tell Mina that a Russian ship appears to... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...in the cemetery high in the rocks where Lucy and Mina used to talk to Swales. Mina reports, with fright, that Swales was found dead, in the cemetery, just before the... (full context)