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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