one vampire meant many

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Gabriel Aparta

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Español - Venezuela
Hi, please, what does meant mean here?:

To one thing I have made up my mind. If we find out that Mina must be a vampire in the end, then she shall not go into that unknown and terrible land alone. I suppose it is thus that in old times one vampire meant many. Just as their hideous bodies could only rest in sacred earth, so the holiest love was the recruiting sergeant for their ghastly ranks.


From Dracula by Bram Stoker 1897

Thanks!
 
  • boozer

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    Bulgarian
    If you have seen or you become aware of one vampire, you can expect many more.
    Or if there is one vampire, more will appear soon because their bite tends to turn normal mortals into vampires - their kind has a strange way of reproducing. :)
     
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