The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Published by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886
- Mr. Gabriel John Utterson: a lawyer; described as a serious and gloomy, yet
- Mr. Richard Enfield: Utterson’s distant kinsman and close friend;
- Edward Hyde: Jekyll’s evil double; short, dark, hairy, young; uncanny; causes
feelings of disgust and hate in others;
- Dr. Lanyon: friend to Utterson and Jekyll; described as a hearty, healthy man
with a boisterous manner;
- Poole: Jekyll’s butler/servant for 20 years; is the one who keeps Utterson
appraised of what happens in Jekyll’s house
- Harry Jekyll: a mad scientist; creates an evil double of himself in an attempt
to rid himself of immorality; tall, 50s, respectable;
- Sir Danvers Carew: Hyde’s murder victim; friend of Utterson;
- Inspector Newcomen: the officer investigating Carew’s murder
- Mr Guest: Utterson’s head clerk; expert in handwriting
Story of the Door (pg. 3-11)
Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield, taking their Sunday walk about London, come by a
street where an odd house sticks out like a sore thumb for its lack of windows and
Enfield tells Utterson that once, passing by the house, he had witnessed a small man
running into a young girl and walking over her. He grabbed the man and brought
him to where the girl and her family had gathered and blackmailed him to give the
family 100 pounds. He and the rest of the people were struck by the odd hateful
sense that emanated from him.
The man went into the odd house and came out with a check written by another
man. They all went to cash it together and it was genuine. Enfield tells Utterson that
the man must be blackmailing the cheque writer, because of their large difference of
character. Mr. Utterson asks for the man’s name, and Enfield tells him it is Hyde. Utterson says
he already knows who the cheque writer was.
Search for Mr. Hyde (12-22)
Returning home, Utterson looks at his friend, Dr. Jekyll’s, will, and sees that in the
event that something should happen to him (death or disappearance), all his
property should go to Edward Hyde.
Utterson decides to see Dr. Lanyon, a common friend of his and Jekyll’s. There, the
Dr. tells him that he has seen little of Jekyll for quite some time and that he does not
know Hyde. He tells Utterson that they had a falling out because Jekyll was
becoming interested in “unscientific balderdash.”
Utterson decides to find Hyde, and begins stalking the door (see ch. 1) until he
finally sees him. The two speak for a short while and Hyde gives him the address of
his house in Soho.
Utterson goes to see Jekyll, who is not home, so he asks some questions of Poole, his
servant, and finds out that they have orders to obey Hyde, and that he usually enters
and leaves through the laboratory.
Dr. Jekyll Was Quite at Ease (23-6)
Dr. Jekyll hosts a dinner party, and Utterson stays behind at the end. He begins
talking to Jekyll about his will and what he has learned of Hyde. Jekyll refuses to talk
about it, saying his situation is an odd one, but that he can be rid of Hyde whenever
he chooses. Jekyll makes Utterson promise that he will fulfill the desires in his will,
and he does.
The Carew Murder Case (27-32)
A month later, a maid witnesses a murder from her window and recognizes the
perpetrator as Hyde.
Utterson’s name was among the victim’s things, and this one identifies him as Sir
Carew. Hyde had left a piece of a walking cane (the murder weapon), and Utterson
recognizes it as a gift he had once made to Jekyll.
Utterson takes the officer to Hyde’s house in Soho, but his maid tells them he is not
there. They enter the apartment and see that it is well-furnished. They find the other
half of the cane and a chequebook, both half-burned. The officer is content that they
will find him when he eventually tries to take his money from the bank. Incident of the Letter (33-9)
Utterson goes to see Jekyll at his home. Jekyll says he will never see Hyde again. He
gives Utterson a letter Hyde has written where he tells him he has a sure-fire escape,
so that he may decide whether or not to give it to the police. Jekyll says he has
learned his lesson.
Before leaving, Utterson asks Poole if any letter was delivered, but when Poole says
no, he becom