I am an English professor working on a new edition of Bram Stoker's
_Dracula_ (1897), and I have a query about the phonograph on which Dr.
Seward keeps his audio diary. At a critical point in the plot, he
shares it with Mina Harker, who writes about the experience:
He placed me in a comfortable chair, and arranged the phonograph so
that I could touch it without getting up, and showed me how to stop
it in case I should want to pause . . . I put the forked metal to my
ears and listened.
My query involves the "forked metal": what is Mina describing? Can
anyone recommend a picture of the device to which she is referring?
I appreciate any help that the group might be able to provide.
Department of English
University of Minnesota--Twin Cities