Vanessa recalls her close friendship with Mina Harker. She remembers when Sir Malcolm returned from one of his many trips to Africa and regaled them with tales of cannibals and the like. One night after dinner while playing in the maze Vanessa saw her mother and Sir Malcolm making love. It was a changing point in her life. On the night before Mina's marriage to Captain Branson, she seduces him leading to a canceled wedding and the end of their friendship when Mina catches them in the act. Vanessa undergoes a lengthy period of madness and a horrific period in an insane asylum. An encounter with her enemy leads to the death of her mother and a visit from Mina - who desperately needs her help.
Did You Know?
Anna Chancellor, who plays Vanessa's mother, had previously played Eva Green's mother in The Dreamers. See more
At dinner, Mr. Murray and his wife are sitting at opposite ends of the table. In proper etiquette of the time, he and his wife, as hosts, should be sitting in the center of the table, with the other guests gathered around them. See more
[Vanessa Ives writes her letter to Mina, narrating
My dearest Mina, my darling friend. I began these letters when I recovered from my illness. At first, I composed them perhaps every month. Then weekly and now daily. Soon I will no doubt give up all other occupation and simply write. The ending of one letter becoming and beginning with the next, an endless ribbon of words. I write in hope that one day you will answer me and that everything can again be like it was... Though I know ...
Written by Abel Korzeniowski See more