The character of Dracula is a juxtaposition of two opposing forces that were gripping the Victorian world at the time Stoker's novel was written. A historical context is important to understand the character of Dracula in these terms. England was in the midst of another industrial revolution where those who opposed it were seen as savage and brutal, while those who accepted it represented the "Victorian Gentleman" to a tee. "For the fact is, by Hacker's own criteria, Dracula is the most "Western" character in the novel. No one is more rational, more ntelligent, more organized or even more punctual than the Count (637)." Arata is sure to note Haker's obsession with timeliness. He writes in his diary that he would have been early if his train wasn't late. Timeliness was a consequence of this industrial revolution occurring in England and was see by Victorian peoples as a mark of a gentleman. As a result, because of the count's ability to be punctual, he represents a gentleman in the eyes of Hacker. There is another side of Dracula that Arata comments on.
Dracula is also the savage that an opposition to the changes in English life symbolizes. "He is both the warrior nobleman, whose prowess dwarfs that of the novel's enfeebled English aristocrat, Lord Godalming, and is the primative savage, whose beastiality, fecundity, and vigot alternately repel and attract (634)." Dracula's savage nature obviously manifests itself in his vampirism as Arata notes, but at the same time he is a dynamic nobleman who accepts the changing times. I believe this is the newest evolution of the vampire. Dracula is not the first aristocratic vampire, but he is the one who plays the role the best. He has the ability to charm his victims in a way we have not seen in this class yet. When Hacker arrives, Dracula is reading Bradshaw's Guide. This was literature put out by Charles Bradshaw as a guide to the new railway system proliferating across England. Again, the reference to Dracula's punctuality and the connection with the industrial revolution in England is present.
I think it is also important to note that the Victorian vampire has the ability to mold seamlessly with the expectations of the current society. In many ways, Carmilla was timeless. She could adapt her behaviors to suite the needs of her victims much like Dracula does. As the reader, it can be assumed that they have done this for thousands of years.