Miss Vanessa Ives and Dr Alexander Sweet (Dracula), Penny Dreadful S03E07 ‘Ebb tide’
~ebb tide The period between high tide and low tide, during which water flows away from the shore.
‘There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.’
W. Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224
I know what it is to be heartbroken, Vanessa. To be rejected. Your every instinct is to preserve and protect such a heart as you have left. But nothing you have said has scared me away. And I will not leave your side. Every time I’ve given my heart, it has led to catastrophe. Then let catastrophe befall us both. Vanessa,I love you for who you are, not who the world wants you to be.
He has tamed his way very softly, leaning over the nature of the creatures of the night to win her heart. Both of these are victims of their own nature, a concept that Vanessa Ives, a moment of weakness, ends up being seduced. She’s tired of fighting a lifetime against that side of the essence, a fight that has brought nothing but misery and loneliness. This will be the time to change and embrace the darkness?
“Dracula really goes from being this very sweet Dr. Sweet to being an absolute nasty creature. We as the audience get to enjoy that, but Vanessa thinks that he could be her savior, really help her out of this dark world, and yet he sucks her even further deep.” -
Christian Camargo (x)
Unlike other times, Vanessa did not feel embraced by evil or able to lose herself as happened to her on the first night and with Gray. On the contrary, Ives was there a mixture of pain, love and happiness.