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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The story begins with a description of Mr. Utterson, a lawyer in
London. Mr. Utterson is a reserved, conservative man who does not
reveal his true, vibrant personality. He tolerates the strangeness
and faults of other. Early in his life, he watched as his brother
fell to ruin, and it is noted that he is often the last
respectable person that men who are turning to evil or ruin have
to talk to. This foreshadows Utterson's involvement with upcoming
Mr. Utterson is friends with Richard Enfield, although the two are
totally different from one another. They always took walks with
each other on Sundays no matter what else they might have to do.
As they walk down a lane on Sunday that would usually be crowded
with merchants and children during the week, Enfield points out an
old building without many windows, and only a basement door.
Enfield tells a story of how, one night at about 3:00 am, he saw a
strange, deformed man round the corner and bump into a young girl.
The strange man did not stop but simply walked right over the
young girl, who cried out in terror. Enfield rushed over and
attended the girl along with her family. Still, the strange man
carried on, so Enfield chased him down and urged him back. A
doctor was called and Enfield and the doctor felt an odd hatred of
the man, warning the man that they would discredit him in every
way possible unless he compensated the girl. The strange man
agreed to offer 100 British pounds.
Enfield notes that the man is like Satan in the way he seems
emotionally cold to the situation. The strange man presented a
cheque signed by an important person, which they together cashed
the next morning. Enfield states that he refers to the building as
Black Mail House. Utterson asks Enfield if he ever asked who lived
in the building, but Enfield explains that he doesn't ask
questions about strange things:
"the more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask."
The building appears lived in, and the two men carry on their
walk. Enfield continues that the strange man he saw that night
looked deformed, though he could explain how. Utterson assures
Enfield that his story has caught his interest. The two agree
never to talk about the story again.
The same evening, Utterson came home. Instead of reading until
sleep at midnight, he poured over the will of his friend Henry
Jekyll, a doctor and very educated man. The will stated that
Jekyll's possessions and position should be handed over to Mr.
Hyde, a friend that Utterson had never heard nor met. Utterson
went to the house of Dr. Lanyon, an old school and college friend
of Utterson's and Jekyll's, and asked him about Hyde, but Lanyon
had never heard of him. Lanyon uses several evil references when
talking about Jekyll, such as "devilish", and "gone wrong",
foreboding evil relations between Jekyll and Hyde. Utterson knows
something is wrong between the two. Utterson can't sleep for the
rest of the night.
Utterson considers how the strange man Enfield spoke of could
trample a child and care nothing for it. Utterson staked out the
door of the strange building looking for the strange man, whom he
also believed was Mr. Hyde. One night, he found him. He confronts
him as he is about to go inside the strange door, and finds the
strange man is indeed Mr. Hyde. Hyde is unpleasant, cool, defiant,
and confident. Utterson convinces Hyde to show his face, and Hyde
suggests Utterson should know his address, implying that he knows
of Jekyll's will. Utterson refers to Hyde to himself as
"troglodytic", meaning a primitive human being, detestable and
unpleasant. Utterson decides to try and visit Jekyll at the late
At Jekyll's home, he learns from the servants that Hyde never east
dinner at Jekyll's house, but is always there in the laboratory,
with his own key. The servants rarely see him, but they have
orders to obey him. Utterson leaves, and reflects upon his own
life, what evil deeds he may be guilty of, and what bad things his
friend Jekyll may have done in his life. He decides that this Hyde
must be gravely evil, far worse than anything Jekyll may have ever
done. Utterson decides to try and discover what evil things Hyde
has done and may be doing, but fears that his friend Jekyll will
object. To finish, Utterson again considers the strange will of
Jekyll, specifically that it he disappears for longer than three
months, that his estate should be turned over to Hyde. Utterson
fears that Hyde might kill Jekyll for the will.
Dr. Jekyll has a dinner party and Utterson attends. Utterson is a
well liked and respected man, by Jekyll as well as anyone.
Utterson stays behind after the party, and talks with Jekyll about
the will. Jekyll tries at first to politely and jovially avoid the
topic towards his scientific rivalry with Dr. Lanyon, but Utterson
insists. Utterson explains that he thinks the will is a bad idea,
and Jekyll wishes to stop talking about it. Jekyll states that he
is in a unique situation that can't be fixed through talking, but
Utterson promises that he can be trusted to help in confidence.
Jekyll insists that he is in control, that he can be rid of Mr.
Hyde at his own discretion. He begs Utterson to leave the matter
alone. He explains that he has great interest in Hyde, and that
Utterson follow his will and secure Jekyll's estate for Hyde if
Jekyll passes away. Utterson promises to fulfill this duty.
One of Jekyll's maid servants is watching out her window on a
foggy night and sees Hyde and Sir Danvers meet by chance, They
talk under her window, and without warning, Hyde explodes with
rage and strikes Danvers with his heavy cane. Hyde stomped upon
the man, crushing his bones, while the maid faints.
The maid wakes up, calls the police. They find a purse and gold
watch, and an envelope for Utterson on the victim, but no papers
or cards. They find part of Hyde's splintered, broken cane.
Utterson goes to the police station to see the body. Utterson
identifies the victim as Danvers, and notices that the piece of
cane resembles one he gave to Jekyll a long time ago. Utterson
leads the police to Hyde's house in Soho. As they arrive at Hyde's
house, Utterson notices the darkness from the brown fog, and
considers the fear people must have of the law and the police. At
Hyde's, an very white skinned woman with grey hair and an evil
face tells them she hadn't seen Hyde for 2 months. At first the
woman protests, but she seems happy to learn that Hyde might be in
In the house, Utterson and the police inspector find that only a
few rooms are being used. They find clues to show that Hyde was
responsible for the murder:
Hyde's clothes had been ransacked, a burnt cheque book, the other
part of the cane, and at the bank, Hyde's account had several
thousand pounds (British money) in it. The inspector believed that
they could simply catch him when he returned to the bank, but
found that without an accurate description of Hyde, they could not
prepare the bank to recognize Hyde when he came in again.
Utterson goes to Jekyll'
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