How did Carlisle become a vampire?

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We learn about how Carlisle became a vampire in Chapter 15, and hear more about his story in Chapter 16.  Carlisle was born some time in the 1640's in London, England.  His father was an Anglican minister. This means, given the religious politics of the time, that he was strongly...

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We learn about how Carlisle became a vampire in Chapter 15, and hear more about his story in Chapter 16.  Carlisle was born some time in the 1640's in London, England.  His father was an Anglican minister. This means, given the religious politics of the time, that he was strongly anti-Catholic and actually, against any religion that was not his own.  His own religious belief included a belief that evil was real and manifested itself in creatures like witches and vampires.  He organized raids against these creatures, and when he got too old to go out on raids by himself, Carlisle took over this responsibility.  While chasing a group of vampires, Carlisle was bitten by one of the vampires.  He realized that if he returned to his father, his father would burn him, just like any other vampire. So he ran away and hid himself.  He survived the attack, but in the process, became a vampire himself.

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