Dracula chapter 16
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One of the novel's important themes is Christian redemption. Once dead, Lucy is returned to her former beauty and nurturing womanhood that she once had. Even the vampires, hellish servants of evil, achieve peace and salvation when they die. Lucy is not condemned for her attacks on the children, but rather is returned to her former state of innocence (the innocence of a woman) when the stake is driven through her heart. Van Helsing promises that any vampire that is destroyed returns to Godeven agents of evil are not beyond the Christian God's saving grace. After she is staked, the look of peace on Lucy's face confirms the truth of Van Helsing's promise.