What is the physical description of Count Dracula?
The novel Dracula, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, initially begins with journal entries written by Jonathan Harker. The novel begins in Transylvania on the third of May. Jonathan Harker is there on business. He discovers that his client lives in a vast, ruined castle. When the great door of the castle swings back, we read the first physical description of Count Dracula:
Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.
Dracula then welcomes Harker into his house and carries Harker's bags. The Count shows Harker to a great bedroom and invites him to supper. After Harker finishes his supper, the Count offeres him a cigar, and Harker again notes Dracula's physical characteristics:
His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth. These protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.
This description paints a picture of a cruel-looking man with unusual features: he has pointed teeth and pointed ears, strong eyebrows, and very pale skin. Bram Stoker's description here became the archetype for a number of vampire tales that followed in its wake.