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ENG 510 Chapter Full Text: 12. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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ENG 510
Maria Ionita

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Published by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886 Characters - Mr. Gabriel John Utterson: a lawyer; described as a serious and gloomy, yet loveable man; - 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 Chapter Summaries 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 obvious disrepair. 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
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