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This paper examines how Bram Stoker absorbs and adapts the literary depiction of the Victorian woman in Wilkie Collin's novel The Woman in White to create the modern woman of Mina. She herself is like a vampire - an enhanced version of the traditional woman, she appears to be Victorian on the outside and acknowledges the social rules of decorum, but she is so much more. Mina transcends social constraints and makes herself a dangerous force for good, the true opposite to the evil vampire Count Dracula, all the while seeming a traditional woman in the midst of a society that feared and mistrusted the empowered female.