"My dear Mina, why are men so noble when we women are so little worthy of them? Here was I almost making fun of this great hearted, true gentleman. I burst into tears, I am afraid, my dear, you will think this a very sloppy letter in more ways than one, and I really felt very badly. Why can't they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble? But this is heresy, and I must not say it."
Lucy Westenra is London's sexy, social butterfly with a penchant for gossip, flirting and all things glamorous. She is the daughter of the late Minerva Westenra, the ex-girlfriend of Alastair Harvey, and the ex-best friend of Mina Murray. She is much praised for her beauty, purity, and sweet nature. These qualities earned her three suitors, all of whom propose to her on the same day: Arthur Holmwood, the wealthy son of Lord Godalming; Quincey Morris, an American cowboy; and Dr John Seward, a primitive psychiatrist. Lucy is closer to none other than her best friend Mina Murray. Lucy is extremely beautiful and has captured the eyes of many men, however Lucy always acts disinterested, Lucy introduces Mina to the dregs of low society, taking her to drug dens and so forth. It soon becomes obvious that Lucy is in love with her best friend Mina.
In "Of Monsters and Men", Lucy has dinner with Mina and Harker, and is unimpressed by a magic trick. Lucy leaves the table and finds Jayne Wetherby, who invited her to tea. Lady Wetherby tells Lucy that she knows what it's like "to be denied one's heart's desires." Lucy assumes she means Alexander, and tells Lady Wetherby that she has no interest in him. Lady Wetherby says that she was not talking about Alexander, implying she is aware of Lucy's feelings for Mina. Lucy promptly leaves.When Lucy visits Lady Wetherby for tea. Lady Wetherby apologizes for "embarrassing" her, but tells Lucy that she felt she had to reach out because she has been in a similar position herself. Jayne tells her that such urges are common place, and a "natural part of a woman's maturation". She tells Lucy that Mina may feel the same way about her, and encourages her to confess her feelings. She then kisses Lucy.
Later, Mina tells Lucy about her suspicions that Van Helsing is lying to her. She apologises, saying that Lucy must find the conversation rather "dull", and Lucy says that she does not find it dull because Mina is speaking. Mina says that Lucy is kind to humour her. Seeing this as a sign of Mina's interest in her, Lucy tells Mina that, "It is not kindness, but love", and tries to kiss her.When she admits her true feelings to Mina, Mina is repulsed.
A HAMPSTEAD MYSTERY:
"The neighborhood of Hampstead is just at present exercised with a series of events which seem to run on lines parallel to those of what was known to the writers of headlines and "The Kensington Horror," or "The Stabbing Woman," or "The Woman in Black." During the past two or three days several cases have occurred of young children straying from home or neglecting to return from their playing on the Heath. In all these cases the children were too young to give any properly intelligible account of themselves, but the consensus of their excuses is that they had been with a "bloofer lady." It has always been late in the evening when they have been missed, and on two occasions the children have not been found until early in the following morning...
...all who have been missed at night, have been slightly torn or wounded in the throat. The wounds seem such as might be made by a rat or a small dog, and although of not much importance individually, would tend to show that whatever animal inflicts them has a system or method of its own. The police of the division have been instructed to keep a sharp lookout for straying children, especially when very young, in and around Hampstead Heath, and for any stray dog which may be about.."-THE WESTMINSTER GAZETTE, 25 SEPTEMBER 1897
Reports spread of children being attacked at night, each child claiming to have been abducted by a "Bloofer (or Beautiful) Lady". The children also have bite marks on their throats, though none has been seriously drained. Dr Van Helsing realizes that Lucy has now risen again as a vampire, and asks Dr Seward, Arthur and Quincey to help him destroy the undead creature. When they doubt him, Helsing takes Seward to show him first-hand that Lucy's coffin is empty, and then waits until she appears with another child. Luckily, as they watch, she takes only a little blood before flitting back to her crypt.