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Quincey Morris
Dracula character
First appearanceDracula (1897)
Last appearanceDracula (2020)
Created byBram Stoker
In-universe information
SpeciesHuman
GenderMale
NationalityAmerican

Quincey P. Morris is a fictional character in Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic novel Dracula.

In the novel

He is a rich young American from Texas, and one of the three men who propose to Lucy Westenra. Quincey is friends with her other two suitors, Arthur Holmwood and Dr. John Seward, even after Lucy has chosen Arthur, as well as Jonathan Harker who is to be married to Lucy's best friend Mina Harker. He carries a Bowie knife at all times, and at one point he admits that he is a teller of tall tales and "a rough fellow, who hasn't perhaps lived as a man should".[1]

Quincey is the last person to donate his blood to Lucy before her death. Aside from Dracula, Quincey is the only major character not to keep some form of journal.

Quincey is one of the few characters in Dracula to have prior knowledge of blood drinkers. In chapter 12, he mentions that he was forced to shoot his horse while in the Pampas after vampire bats drank it dry during the night. Quincey plays an important role in the climax of the novel. He and Jonathan Harker are the ones who finally destroy Count Dracula. Quincey is gravely injured in the final battle with Count Dracula and his minions and dies shortly afterwards. In gratitude for his efforts, Harker and his wife, Mina Harker, name their son Quincey.

Terovolas

In author Edward M. Erdelac's epistolary sequel to Dracula, Terovolas, Van Helsing returns the earthly remains and personal effects of Quincey to his ancestral ranch in the fictional Sorefoot, Texas. There, Professor Van Helsing becomes embroiled in another preternatural caper with Quincey's estranged younger brother, Cole Morris.

In media

In literature

On screen

Most film adaptations of the novel omit Quincey altogether. In the 1977 adaptation Count Dracula, he is merged with the Arthur Holmwood character and renamed Quincey Holmwood. To date, Morris has been portrayed in film and television by:

On stage

Games

In the Castlevania video game series, Quincey is a distant relative of the series' main heroes, the Belmonts. In addition, two games, Castlevania: Bloodlines and Portrait of Ruin, feature his son John and grandson Jonathan as their respective protagonists, in which they hunt the resurrected Dracula with the Belmonts' family weapon, the Vampire Killer whip. How exactly Quincey had a son remains to be explained.

In the full motion video based game Dracula Unleashed, the protagonist is Quincey's brother Alexander Morris. The plot involves Alexander's investigation of his brother's death. Quincey also appears to Alexander in a dream sequence. Both brothers are played by Bill Williamson in the game.

References

  1. ^ Stoker, Bram (18 April 2000). Dracula. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486411095.