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Susan decides to go to the Marsten House alone to investigate. She thinks why not see for herself if Mr. Straker is home. Just to be safe she buys a crucifix and rips off a stake from someone's picket fence. Mark Petrie sneaks up behind her and tells her he intends to kill Mr. Barlow. It shows a lot of courage on his part but Susan was only curious and she payed for it . After they climb through a window, Mr. Straker appears behind them and knocks Mark out and hauls Susan down the cellar where she will be Mr. Barlows when he wakes up. Mark is taken upstairs to the room Hubert died in and is tied up but he knew how to free himself by flexing his muscles so he'd have room enough when relaxing them to move. He unties himself and hits Mr. Straker with an iron leg post and escapes out of the house. I was so relieved and happy for Mark I didn't care about Susan. I just wanted Mark to get the hell out of there. Susan would make a good vampire anyway lol . She comes to Mark's window that night asking him to let her in .