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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
STORY OF THE DOOR
MR. UTTERSON the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove. ‘I incline to, Cain’s heresy,’ he used to say. ‘I let my brother go to the devil in his quaintly: ‘own way.’ In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men. And to such as these, so long as 2 of 118
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they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour. No doubt the feat was easy to Mr. Utterson; for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendship seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of goodnature. It is the mark of a modest man to accept his friendly circle ready-made from the hands of opportunity; and that was the lawyer’s way. His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object. Hence, no doubt, the bond that united him to Mr. Richard Enfield, his distant kinsman, the well-known man about town. It was a nut to crack for many, what these two could see in each other, or what subject they could find in common. It was reported by those who encountered them in their Sunday walks, that they said nothing, looked singularly dull, and would hail with obvious relief the appearance of a friend. For all that, the two men put the greatest store by these excursions, counted them the chief jewel of each week, and not only set aside occasions of pleasure, but even resisted the calls of business, that they might enjoy them uninterrupted.
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It chanced on one of these rambles that their way led them down a by-street in a busy quarter of London. The street was small and what is called quiet, but it drove a thriving trade on the week-days. The inhabitants were all doing well, it seemed, and all emulously hoping to do better still, and laying out the surplus of their gains in coquetry; so that the shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling saleswomen. Even on Sunday, when it veiled its more florid charms and lay comparatively empty of passage, the street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger. Two doors from one corner, on the left hand going east, the line was broken by the entry of a court; and just at that point, a certain sinister block of building thrust forward its gable on the street. It was two stories high; showed no window, nothing but a door on the lower story and a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper; and bore in every feature, the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence. The door, which was equipped with neither
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bell nor knocker, was blistered and distained. Tramps slouched into the recess and struck matches on the panels; children kept shop upon the steps; the schoolboy had tried his knife on the mouldings; and for close on a generation, no one had appeared to drive away these random visitors or to repair their ravages. Mr. Enfield and the lawyer were on the other side of the by-street; but when they came abreast of the entry, the former lifted up his cane and pointed. ‘Did you ever remark that door?’ he asked; and when his companion had replied in the affirmative, ‘It is connected in my mind,’ added he, ‘with a very odd story.’ ‘Indeed?’ said Mr. Utterson, with a slight change of voice, ‘and what was that?’ ‘Well, it was this way,’ returned Mr. Enfield: ‘I was coming home from some place at the end of the world, about three o’ clock of a black winter morning, and my way lay through a part of town where there was literally nothing to be seen but lamps. Street after street, and all the folks asleep — street after street, all lighted up as if for a procession and all as empty as a church — till at last I got into that state of mind when a man listens and listens and begins to long for the sight of a policeman. All at once, I saw two figures: one a little man who was 5 of 118
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stumping along eastward at a good walk, and the other a girl of maybe eight or ten who was running as hard as she was able down a cross street. Well, sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the, child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see. It wasn’t like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut. I gave a view-halloa, took to my heels, collared my gentleman, and brought him back to where there was already quite a group about the screaming child. He was perfectly cool and made no resistance, but gave me one look, so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me like running. The people who had turned out were the girl’s own family; and pretty soon, the doctor, for whom she had been sent, put in his appearance. Well, the child was not much the worse, more frightened, according to the Sawbones; and there you might have supposed would be an end to it. But there was one curious circumstance. I had taken a loathing to my gentleman at first sight. So had the child’s family, which was only natural. But the doctor’s case was what struck me. He was the usual cutand-dry apothecary, of no particular age and colour, with a strong Edinburgh accent, and about as emotional as a 6 of 118
’ Well. And all the time. for they were as wild as harpies. with a kind of black. just as he knew what was in mine. and at last he struck.The Strange Case of Dr. he was like the rest of us. Jekyll and Mr. and presently came back with the 7 of 118 . he would have clearly liked to stick out. went in. ‘If you choose to make capital out of this accident. I knew what was in his mind. as we were pitching it in red hot. ‘Name your figure. and there was the man in the middle. ‘I am naturally helpless. sir. and where do you think he carried us but to that place with the door? — whipped out a key. every time he looked at my prisoner. but there was something about the lot of us that meant mischief. we screwed him up to a hundred pounds for the child’s family.’ said he. We told the man we could and would make such a scandal out of this. The next thing was to get the money. sir. and killing being out of the question. we were keeping the women off him as best we could. No gentleman but wishes to avoid a scene.’ says he. Hyde bagpipe. I never saw a circle of such hateful faces. we did the next best. as should make his name stink from one end of London to the other. I saw that Sawbones turn sick and white with the desire to kill him. If he had any friends or any credit. I could see that — but carrying it off. Well. we undertook that he should lose them. sneering coolness — frightened too. really like Satan.
and passed the rest of the night in my chambers. Jekyll and Mr. and said I had every reason to believe it was a forgery.’ So we all set off. ‘I see you feel as I do. though it’s one of the points of my story. I gave in the check myself.’ says he. went in a body to the bank. Utterson. The cheque was genuine. and the person that drew the cheque is the very pink of the proprieties. but the signature was good for more than that. but it was a name at least very well known and often printed. in real life.’ ‘Tut-tut.’ said Mr. 8 of 118 . drawn payable to bearer and signed with a name that I can’t mention. But he was quite easy and sneering. and next day.’ said Mr. Not a bit of it. The figure was stiff. and our friend and myself. and that a man does not. and the child’s father. For my man was a fellow that nobody could have to do with.The Strange Case of Dr. the doctor. if it was only genuine. walk into a cellar door at four in the morning and come out of it with another man’s cheque for close upon a hundred pounds. Hyde matter of ten pounds in gold and a cheque for the balance on Coutts’s. ‘Set your mind at rest. when we had breakfasted. it’s a bad story. Enfield. a really damnable man. I took the liberty of pointing out to my gentleman that the whole business looked apocryphal. ‘I will stay with you till the banks open and cash the cheque myself. ‘Yes.
and (what makes it worse) one of your fellows who do what they call good.’ was the reply. ‘I feel very strongly about putting questions. You sit quietly on the top of a hill. ‘No. sir: I had a delicacy. and away the stone goes. Jekyll and Mr. is far from explaining all. and presently some bland old bird (the last you would have thought of) is knocked on the head in his own backgarden and the family have to change their name. Enfield. an honest man paying through the nose for some of the capers of his youth. it partakes too much of the style of the day of judgment. and it’s like starting a stone. Utterson. No. and with the words fell into a vein of musing. Though even that. Black-mail. I suppose. in consequence.The Strange Case of Dr.’ he added. Hyde celebrated too. Black-Mail House is what I call that place with the door. You start a question. you know. isn’t it?’ returned Mr. Utterson asking rather suddenly:’ And you don’t know if the drawer of the cheque lives there?’ ‘A likely place. From this he was recalled by Mr. 9 of 118 . ‘But I happen to have noticed his address. starting others. sir.’ ‘And you never asked about the — place with the door?’ said Mr. he lives in some square or other.
’ 10 of 118 .’ ‘Well.’ returned Enfield. once in a great while. Enfield. none below. There are three windows looking on the court on the first floor. It was a man of the name of Hyde. the gentleman of my adventure. And then there is a chimney which is generally smoking. for the buildings are so packed together about that court. Hyde I make it a rule of mine: the more it looks like Queer Street. Utterson.’ said the lawyer.’ ’ A very good rule. And yet it’s not so sure. and nobody goes in or out of that one but.’ said Mr.’ said Mr.’ It seems scarcely a house. ‘Enfield. the less I ask. too. ‘But I have studied the place for myself.The Strange Case of Dr.’ continued Mr.’ The pair walked on again for a while in silence. ‘But for all that.’ ‘Yes. and then. the windows are always shut but they’re clean. There is no other door. that it’s hard to say where one ends and another begins. ‘that’s a good rule of yours. so somebody must live there. ‘there’s one point I want to ask: I want to ask the name of that man who walked over the child.’ continued the lawyer. I think it is. ‘I can’t see what harm it would do. Jekyll and Mr. Enfield.
’ Mr. although I couldn’t specify the point.’ returned the other.’ ‘I think you might have warned me. I can make no hand of it. 11 of 118 . Jekyll and Mr. Utterson. ‘You are sure he used a key?’ he inquired at last. something displeasing. Hyde ‘H’m. sir. I know. ‘But I have been pedantically exact. if I do not ask you the name of the other party. I can’t describe him. Utterson again walked some way in silence and obviously under a weight of consideration. for I declare I can see him this moment. He must be deformed somewhere. Richard. ‘Yes.’ began Enfield. something downright detestable. and yet I scarce know why. The fellow had a key. your tale has gone home. You see. you had better correct it. ‘I know it must seem strange.The Strange Case of Dr. He’s an extraordinary-looking man. If you have been inexact in any point. And it’s not want of memory. The fact is. as you call it... with a touch of sullenness. it is because I know it already. surprised out of himself.’ said Utterson.’ said Mr. I never saw a man I so disliked. ‘What sort of a man is he to see?’ ‘He is not easy to describe. and yet I really can name nothing out of the way. ‘My dear sir. There is something wrong with his appearance. No. he gives a strong feeling of deformity.
‘I shake hands on that. not a week ago. and the young man presently resumed. ‘I am ashamed of my long tongue. Let us make a bargain never to refer to this again. Richard. Utterson sighed deeply but said never a word.’ ‘With all my heart.’ said he. Hyde and what’s more. I saw him use it. Mr.’ said the lawyer. ‘Here is another lesson to say nothing.’ 12 of 118 . Jekyll and Mr. he has it still.The Strange Case of Dr.
. for Mr.S. Hyde SEARCH FOR MR. M. until the clock of the neighbouring church rang out the hour of twelve. Jekyll’s Will. took from the most private part of it a document endorsed on the envelope as Dr..D.. and sat down with a clouded brow to study its contents. It was his custom of a Sunday. however.L. though he took charge of it now that it was made.R. when this meal was over. Utterson.C. D. On this night. LL. to sit close by the fire. had refused to lend the least assistance in the making of it. it provided not only that. There he opened his safe.’ the said 13 of 118 . Jekyll and Mr. all his possessions were to pass into the hands of his ‘friend and benefactor Edward Hyde. he took up a candle and went into his business-room. Utterson came home to his bachelor house in sombre spirits and sat down to dinner without relish.’ but that in case of Dr.. as soon as the cloth was taken away.D. F. The will was holograph.. when he would go soberly and gratefully to bed. Jekyll’s ‘disappearance or unexplained absence for any period exceeding three calendar months. in case of the decease of Henry Jekyll. etc. HYDE THAT evening Mr. a volume of some dry divinity on his reading-desk.The Strange Case of Dr.
and out of the shifting. It offended him both as a lawyer and as a lover of the sane and customary sides of life. there leaped up the sudden.The Strange Case of Dr. to whom the fanciful was the immodest. And hitherto it was his ignorance of Mr. Lanyon. It was worse when it began to be clothed upon with detestable attributes. it will be Lanyon. ‘and now I begin to fear it is disgrace. it was his knowledge. beyond the payment of a few small sums to the members of the doctor’s household. that citadel of medicine. Jekyll and Mr.’ he had thought. where his friend. This document had long been the lawyer’s eyesore. the great Dr.’ he said. ‘I thought it was madness. now. Hyde Edward Hyde should step into the said Henry Jekyll’s shoes without further delay and free from any burthen or obligation. Hyde that had swelled his indignation. put on a great-coat. by a sudden turn. It was already bad enough when the name was but a name of which he could learn no more. insubstantial mists that had so long baffled his eye. as he replaced the obnoxious paper in the safe. 14 of 118 . definite presentment of a fiend.’ With that he blew out his candle. had his house and received his crowding patients. ‘If any one knows. and set forth in the direction of Cavendish Square.
red-faced gentleman. the lawyer led up to the subject which so disagreeably pre-occupied his mind. as was the way of the man. was somewhat theatrical to the eye. but it reposed on genuine feeling.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. The solemn butler knew and welcomed him. After a little rambling talk. Download the free trial version. and edit PDF. Lanyon. and a boisterous and decided manner. old mates both at school and college. healthy.’ Indeed?’ said Utterson. The geniality. with a shock of hair prematurely white. he was subjected to no stage of delay. both thorough respecters of themselves and of each other. view. This was a hearty.’ 15 of 118 . Lanyon sat alone over his wine. Utterson. dapper. and. what does not always follow.’ said he ‘you and I must be the two oldest friends that Henry Jekyll has?’ ‘I wish the friends were younger. ‘But I suppose we are. men who thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. At sight of Mr. but ushered direct from the door to the dining-room where Dr. he sprang up from his chair and welcomed him with both hands. Jekyll and Mr. ‘I thought you had a bond of common interest. ‘I suppose. Hyde Create. Lanyon.’ chuckled Dr. For these two were old friends. And what of that? I see little of him now.
’ That was the amount of information that the lawyer carried back with him to the great. ‘Hyde?’ repeated Lanyon. ‘would have estranged Damon and Pythias. He began to go wrong. Since my time. wrong in mind. ‘No. and though of course I continue to take an interest in him for old sake’s sake. flushing suddenly purple. I see and I have seen devilish little of the man. he even added: ‘It is nothing worse than that!’ He gave his friend a few seconds to recover his composure. It was a night of little ease to his 16 of 118 . and being a man of no scientific passions (except in the matter of conveyancing). Jekyll and Mr.’ was the reply. dark bed on which he tossed to and fro. Hyde ‘We had. Such unscientific balderdash. as they say. Utterson.’ This little spirit of temper was somewhat of a relief to Mr. Never heard of him.The Strange Case of Dr.’ added the doctor. until the small hours of the morning began to grow large. ‘But it is more than ten years since Henry Jekyll became too fanciful for me. and then approached the question he had come to put. ‘They have only differed on some point of science.’ he thought. ‘Did you ever come across a protege of his — one Hyde?’ he asked.
He would be aware of the great field of lamps of a nocturnal city. Jekyll and Mr. and even at that dead hour. or rather enslaved. then of a child running from the doctor’s. dreaming and smiling at his dreams. he must rise and do its bidding. Six o ‘clock struck on the bells of the church that was so conveniently near to Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. where his friend lay asleep. or move the more swiftly and 17 of 118 . and as he lay and tossed in the gross darkness of the night and the curtained room. and then these met. the curtains of the bed plucked apart. Mr. then of the figure of a man walking swiftly. Hyde toiling mind. the sleeper recalled. and still he was digging at the problem. and lo! there would stand by his side a figure to whom power was given. it was but to see it glide more stealthily through sleeping houses. The figure in these two phases haunted the lawyer all night. and then the door of that room would be opened. and that human Juggernaut trod the child down and passed on regardless of her screams. Utterson’s dwelling. Or else he would see a room in a rich house. toiling in mere darkness and besieged by questions. Hitherto it had touched him on the intellectual side alone. and if at any time he dozed over. but now his imagination also was engaged. Enfield’s tale went by before his mind in a scroll of lighted pictures.
through wider labyrinths of lamplighted city.The Strange Case of Dr. the lawyer was to be found on his chosen post. At least it would be a face worth seeing: the face of a man who was without bowels of mercy: a face which had but to show itself to raise up. almost an inordinate. curiosity to behold the features of the real Mr. In the morning before office hours. If he could but once set eyes on him. Hyde. he thought the mystery would lighten and perhaps roll altogether away. Utterson began to haunt the door in the by-street of shops. From that time forward. as was the habit of mysterious things when well examined. in the mind of the unimpressionable Enfield. Hyde still the more swiftly. it had no face. and at every street-corner crush a child and leave her screaming. or one that baffled him and melted before his eyes. even to dizziness. And still the figure had no face by which he might know it. by all lights and at all hours of solitude or concourse. Mr. and thus it was that there sprang up and grew apace in the lawyer’s mind a singularly strong. He might see a reason for his friend’s strange preference or bondage (call it which you please) and even for the startling clause of the will. at noon when business was plenty. and time scarce. 18 of 118 . Jekyll and Mr. at night under the face of the fogged city moon. even in his dreams. a spirit of enduring hatred.
Hyde. Seek. and it was with a strong. suddenly spring out distinct from the vast hum and clatter of the city. Small sounds carried far. drawing a regular pattern of light and shadow. the lamps. Utterson had been some minutes at his post. unshaken. looking forth from the entry. The lawyer. In the course of his nightly patrols. domestic sounds out of the houses were clearly audible on either side of the roadway. It was a fine dry night. The steps drew swiftly nearer. when he was aware of an odd. Jekyll and Mr. while he is still a great way off. Mr. By ten o’clock.’ And at last his patience was rewarded. superstitious prevision of success that he withdrew into the entry of the court.The Strange Case of Dr.’ he had thought. by any wind. and the rumour of the approach of any passenger preceded him by a long time. and swelled out suddenly louder as they turned the end of the street. Hyde ‘If he be Mr. ‘I shall be Mr. very silent. Yet his attention had never before been so sharply and decisively arrested. in spite of the low growl of London from all round. the by-street was very solitary and. could soon see what 19 of 118 . he had long grown accustomed to the quaint effect with which the footfalls of a single person. the streets as clean as a ballroom floor. light footstep drawing near. frost in the air. when the shops were closed.
’ replied Mr. Mr. Hyde shrank back with a hissing intake of the breath. he is from home. ‘I am an old friend of Dr.’ Mr.’ replied the other. and though he did not look the lawyer in the face. but still without looking up. ‘What shall it be?’ 20 of 118 . Utterson. But his fear was only momentary. Hyde. And then suddenly.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘How did you know me?’ he asked. and as he came. crossing the roadway to save time.’ said Mr. even at that distance. Jekyll. Utterson stepped out and touched him on the shoulder as he passed. I thought you might admit me. Jekyll’s — Mr. and the look of him.’ returned the lawyer. he answered coolly enough: ‘That is my name. he drew a key from his pocket like one approaching home. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson of Gaunt Street — you must have heard my name. blowing in the key. ‘On your side. I think?’ Mr. Hyde. He was small and very plainly dressed. and meeting you so conveniently. went somehow strongly against the watcher’s inclination. What do you want?’ ‘I see you are going in. But he made straight for the door. Hyde manner of man he had to deal with. ‘will you do me a favour?’ ‘With pleasure.’ ‘You will not find Dr.
and then.’ said the lawyer. Utterson. with a flush of anger. met. Mr.’ Who are they?’ ‘Jekyll. ‘Good God!’ thought Mr. ‘He never told you. Utterson. have been thinking of the will?’ But he kept his feelings to himself and only grunted in acknowledgment of the address.’ said Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. said Mr. and the pair stared at each other pretty fixedly for a few seconds. fronted about with an air of defiance. for instance. ‘Now I shall know you again. Hyde. Hyde appeared to hesitate. Hyde. ‘how did you know me?’ ‘By description. Utterson. you should have my address.’ I did not think you would have lied.’ It may be useful.’ cried Mr. a little hoarsely.’ 21 of 118 .’ said the other. ‘And now. Utterson.’ can he.’ said Mr. Hyde ‘Will you let me see your face?’ asked the lawyer. Jekyll and Mr.’ returned Mr. and a propos. Hyde.’ was the reply. too. ‘that is not fitting language. ‘it is as well we have. ‘Whose description?’ ‘We have common friends. ‘Common friends?’ echoed Mr.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Come. as if upon some sudden reflection.’ And he gave a number of a street in Soho.
Utterson regarded him.’ said the perplexed gentleman. The problem he was thus debating as he walked. Hyde was pale and dwarfish. all these were points against him. if ever I read 22 of 118 . and he spoke with a husky. and fear with which Mr. for. Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde had left him. Jekyll and Mr. he had borne himself to the lawyer with a sort of murderous mixture of timidity and boldness. ‘There must be some-thing else. the picture of disquietude. God bless me. I think. ‘There is something more. O my poor old Harry Jekyll. with extraordinary quickness. whispering and somewhat broken voice. The lawyer stood a while when Mr. he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation. and transfigures. shall we say? or can it be the old story of Dr. was one of a class that is rarely solved. loathing. its clay continent? The last. pausing every step or two and putting his hand to his brow like a man in mental perplexity. the man seems hardly human! Something troglodytic. Then he began slowly to mount the street. Fell? or Is it the mere radiance of a foul soul that thus transpires through. he had a displeasing smile. Hyde The other snarled aloud into a savage laugh. but not all of these together could explain the hitherto unknown disgust. he had unlocked the door and disappeared into the house. and the next moment. if I could find a name for it.
Hyde Satan’s signature upon a face. thank you. second from the corner. This hall. Utterson stopped and knocked. it Is on that of your new friend.’ Round the corner from the by-street. in which he was now left alone. shady lawyers. and at the door of this. A well-dressed. open fire. however. Mr. and he drew near and leaned on the tall fender.’ said Poole. now for the most part decayed from their high estate and let in flats and chambers to all sorts and conditions of men: mapengravers. Is Dr. though it was now plunged in darkness except for the fan-light. and furnished with costly cabinets of oak. comfortable hall. and the agents of obscure enterprises. there was a square of ancient. admitting the visitor. architects. Jekyll at home. low-roofed. Jekyll and Mr. was still occupied entire. handsome houses. elderly servant opened the door. Poole?’ asked the lawyer. into a large. Utterson.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘I will see. Mr. as he spoke. sir? or shall I give you a light in the dining room?’ ‘Here.’ said the lawyer. and Utterson himself was wont to speak of it as the 23 of 118 . ‘Will you wait here by the fire. One house. warmed (after the fashion of a country house) by a bright. which wore a great air of wealth and comfort. was a pet fancy of his friend the doctor’s. paved with flags.
Hyde pleasantest room in London. He never dines here. Hyde go in by the old dissecting-room door. ‘We have all orders to obey him.The Strange Case of Dr. dear no. he seemed to read a menace in the flickering of the firelight on the polished cabinets and the uneasy starting of the shadow on the roof. sir. Jekyll was gone out. Poole. O. when Dr. ‘Indeed we see very little of him on this side of the house. good-night. he do indeed. sir. Poole.’ ‘Well. Utterson.’ ‘Your master seems to repose a great deal of trust in that young man.’ replied the servant.’ said Poole. when Poole presently returned to announce that Dr. Poole. He was ashamed of his relief. Jekyll is from home?’ ‘Quite right.’ 24 of 118 . Hyde has a key. the face of Hyde sat heavy on his memory. sir. Jekyll and Mr. ‘I saw Mr. ‘Is that right. Hyde?’ asked Utterson. and in the gloom of his spirits.’ resumed the other musingly. ‘Mr. he mostly comes and goes by the laboratory.’ ‘I do not think I ever met Mr. ‘Yes.’ replied the butler.’ he said. he felt (what was rare with him) a nausea and distaste of life. But to-night there was a shudder in his blood. Mr.
there is no statute of limitations. Jekyll and Mr. groping in all the corners of memory. ‘This Master Hyde. poor 25 of 118 . yet he was humbled to the dust by the many ill things he had done.’ thought he. It turns me cold to think of this creature stealing like a thief to Harry’s bedside.’ he thought.’ And the lawyer. the ghost of some old sin. black secrets.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘my mind misgives me he is in deep waters! He was wild when he was young. by the look of him. scared by the thought. if he were studied.’ And the lawyer set out homeward with a very heavy heart. years after memory has forgotten and self-love condoned the fault. yet avoided.’ Poor Harry Jekyll. Ay. Hyde ‘Good-night. His past was fairly blameless. he conceived a spark of hope. Things cannot continue as they are. secrets compared to which poor Jekyll’s worst would be like sunshine. but in the law of God. ‘must have secrets of his own. Utterson. Mr. the cancer of some concealed disgrace: punishment coming. lest by chance some Jack-in-the-Box of an old iniquity should leap to light there. a long while ago to be sure. and raised up again into a sober and fearful gratitude by the many that he had come so near to doing. few men could read the rolls of their life with less apprehension. PEDE CLAUDO. And then by a return on his former subject. it must be that. brooded a while on his own past.
’ he added. 26 of 118 . the strange clauses of the will. Hyde Harry. what a wakening! And the danger of it. I must put my shoulder to the wheel if Jekyll will but let me. Ay.’ For once more he saw before his mind’s eye. ‘if Jekyll will only let me. as clear as a transparency. for if this Hyde suspects the existence of the will.The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. he may grow impatient to inherit.
To this rule. view. 27 of 118 . and as he now sat on the opposite side of the fire — a large. Utterson so contrived that he remained behind after the others had departed. reputable men and all judges of good wine. smooth-faced man of fifty. DR. and edit PDF. Jekyll and Mr. when the lighthearted and the loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold. and Mr. This was no new arrangement. well-made. Jekyll was no exception. by excellent good fortune. Utterson a sincere and warm affection. practising for solitude. Hyde Create. Dr. he was liked well. Download the free trial version. Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. Where Utterson was liked. with something of a slyish cast perhaps. all intelligent. JEKYLL WAS QUITE AT EASE A FORTNIGHT later. but every mark of capacity and kindness — you could see by his looks that he cherished for Mr. but a thing that had befallen many scores of times. the doctor gave one of his pleasant dinners to some five or six old cronies. sobering their minds in the man’s rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety. they liked to sit a while in his unobtrusive company.
The Strange Case of Dr.’ pursued Utterson. an ignorant. Hyde ‘I have been wanting to speak to you. ‘This is a matter I thought we had agreed to drop. Jekyll and Mr. ‘My will? Yes.’ ‘You know I never approved of it. I never saw a man so distressed as you were by my will. and I always mean to see more of him.’ ‘What I heard was abominable. 28 of 118 . ‘My poor Utterson.’ began the latter. but the doctor carried it off gaily. blatant pedant.’ said he. I tell you so again. ‘You have told me so. a trifle sharply. at what he called my scientific heresies. I know he’s a good fellow — you needn’t frown — an excellent fellow. ‘I do not care to hear more. Lanyon.’ said he. ‘I have been learning something of young Hyde. but a hide-bound pedant for all that.’ The large handsome face of Dr.’ said Utterson. ‘You know that will of yours?’ A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful.’ ‘Well. and there came a blackness about his eyes. Jekyll grew pale to the very lips.’ said the doctor. Oh. Jekyll. ruthlessly disregarding the fresh topic.’ continued the lawyer. I was never more disappointed in any man than Lanyon. I know that. certainly. ‘you are unfortunate in such a client. unless it were that hide-bound pedant.
it is not so bad as that. ‘I am painfully situated. I can be rid of Mr. I will tell you one thing: the moment I choose.’ said Utterson. and I will just add one little word.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘you know me: I am a man to be trusted. Utterson.’ Utterson reflected a little.’ ‘Jekyll. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking. ‘Well. ‘this is very good of you. looking in the fire. and just to put your good heart at rest. ‘there 29 of 118 . I believe you fully. and I cannot find words to thank you in. before myself. and I beg of you to let it sleep. and I thank you again and again.’ ‘My good Utterson.’ said the doctor. You do not understand my position. I give you my hand upon that. my position is a very strange — a very strange one.’ continued the doctor. Hyde. and for the last time I hope. ay. Make a clean breast of this in confidence. and I make no doubt I can get you out of it. if I could make the choice. but indeed it isn’t what you fancy.’ he said at last. with a certain incoherency of manner. but since we have touched upon this business. Hyde ‘It can make no change. I would trust you before any man alive. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson. that I’m sure you’ll take in good part: this is a private matter. getting to his feet. this is downright good of you. ‘I have no doubt you are perfectly right.’ returned the doctor.
’ Utterson heaved an irrepressible sigh. and it would be a weight off my mind if you would promise.’ 30 of 118 . and if I am taken away.’ ‘I can’t pretend that I shall ever like him. he told me so. I wish you to promise me that you will bear with him and get his rights for him. But. if you knew all. I have really a very great interest in poor Hyde. ‘Well. a very great interest in that young man. ‘I don’t ask that. I do sincerely take a great. I only ask you to help him for my sake.’ said he. and I fear he was rude. I know you have seen him.The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. I think you would.’ pleaded Jekyll.’ said the lawyer. Hyde is one point I should like you to understand. ‘I only ask for justice. ‘I promise. when I am no longer here. Utterson. laying his hand upon the other’s arm.
had gone up-stairs to bed about eleven. When they had come within speech (which was just under the maid’s eyes) the older man bowed and accosted the other with a very pretty manner 31 of 118 . It seems she was romantically given. which the maid’s window overlooked. when she narrated that experience). which stood immediately under the window. Although a fog rolled over the city in the small hours. with streaming tears. drawing near along the lane. to whom at first she paid less attention. 18 — . the early part of the night was cloudless. and the lane. and fell into a dream of musing. And as she so sat she became aware of an aged and beautiful gentleman with white hair. was brilliantly lit by the full moon. Never (she used to say. another and very small gentleman. and advancing to meet him. Jekyll and Mr. A maid servant living alone in a house not far from the river. Hyde THE CAREW MURDER CASE NEARLY a year later. in the month of October. never had she felt more at peace with all men or thought more kindly of the world. for she sat down upon her box.The Strange Case of Dr. London was startled by a crime of singular ferocity and rendered all the more notable by the high position of the victim. The details were few and startling.
The old gentleman took a step back. but he answered never a word. it sometimes appeared as if he were only inquiring his way. And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger. he was trampling his victim under foot and hailing down a storm of blows. Presently her eye wandered to the other. but the moon shone on his face as he spoke. yet with something high too. And next moment. and at that Mr. with ape-like fury. with which he was trifling. stamping with his foot.The Strange Case of Dr. who had once visited her master and for whom she had conceived a dislike. and seemed to listen with an ill-contained impatience. Hyde broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth. Hyde of politeness. Hyde. indeed. He had in his hand a heavy cane. It did not seem as if the subject of his address were of great importance. it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition. At the horror of these sights and sounds. brandishing the cane. from his pointing. and carrying on (as the maid described it) like a madman. with the air of one very much surprised and a trifle hurt. and she was surprised to recognise in him a certain Mr. the maid fainted. Jekyll and Mr. under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway. and the girl was pleased to watch it. 32 of 118 . as of a wellfounded self-content.
The murderer was gone long ago.The Strange Case of Dr. and he had no sooner seen it. and which bore the name and address of Mr. without doubt.’ said he. and one splintered half had rolled in the neighbouring gutter — the other.’ said he. The stick with which the deed had been done. but there lay his victim in the middle of the lane. I am sorry to say that this is Sir Danvers Carew. ‘Yes. A purse and a gold watch were found upon the victim: but no cards or papers. had broken in the middle under the stress of this insensate cruelty. which he had been probably carrying to the post. than he shot out a solemn lip. ‘I shall say nothing till I have seen the body. before he was out of bed. This was brought to the lawyer the next morning. whither the body had been carried. he nodded. Hyde It was two o’clock when she came to herself and called for the police. ‘this may be very serious.’ 33 of 118 . although it was of some rare and very tough and heavy wood. except a sealed and stamped envelope. Jekyll and Mr. had been carried away by the murderer. As soon as he came into the cell.’ And with the same grave countenance he hurried through his breakfast and drove to the police station. and been told the circumstances. incredibly mangled. Have the kindness to wait while I dress. ‘I recognise him. Utterson.
’ exclaimed the officer. is what the maid calls him. raising his head. he could doubt no longer. and showed the broken stick. ‘I think I can take you to his house. Hyde a person of small stature?’ he inquired. A great chocolate-coloured pall lowered over heaven. ‘This will make a deal of noise. Mr. Utterson beheld a marvellous number of degrees and hues of twilight. Mr. he recognised it for one that he had himself presented many years before to Henry Jekyll. broken and battered as it was. sir. ‘If you will come with me in my cab.’ It was by this time about nine in the morning.’ he said. Utterson had already quailed at the name of Hyde. Mr. but when the stick was laid before him. ‘Particularly small and particularly wicked-looking. ‘is it possible?’ And the next moment his eye lighted up with professional ambition. ‘And perhaps you can help us to the man.’ said the officer. Utterson reflected. so that as the cab crawled from street to street.’ And he briefly narrated what the maid had seen.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘Is this Mr. but the wind was continually charging and routing these embattled vapours.’ he said. and then. for 34 of 118 . and the first fog of the season. Hyde ‘Good God. Jekyll and Mr.
like a district of some city in a nightmare. seemed. a low French eating-house. lurid brown. he was conscious of some touch of that terror of the law and the law’s officers. a gin palace. This was the home 35 of 118 . As the cab drew up before the address indicated. and slatternly passengers. and the next moment the fog settled down again upon that part. and there would be a glow of a rich.The Strange Case of Dr. the fog lifted a little and showed him a dingy street. with its muddy ways. and here. key in hand. besides. and its lamps. and cut him off from his blackguardly surroundings. in the lawyer’s eyes. for a moment. to have a morning glass. were of the gloomiest dye. and many women of different nationalities passing out. which may at times assail the most honest. as brown as umber. many ragged children huddled in the doorways. the fog would be quite broken up. which had never been extinguished or had been kindled afresh to combat this mournful re-invasion of darkness. The thoughts of his mind. like the light of some strange conflagration. Hyde here it would be dark like the back-end of evening. a shop for the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads. and when he glanced at the companion of his drive. and a haggard shaft of daylight would glance in between the swirling wreaths. The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses. Jekyll and Mr.
it was nearly two months since she had seen him till yesterday. this was Mr.’ he added. smoothed by hypocrisy. my good woman. and when the woman began to declare it was impossible. Yes.’ said the lawyer. but he was not at home. Mr. ‘This is Inspector Newcomen of Scotland Yard. we wish to see his rooms. his habits were very irregular. Jekyll and Mr. then. of a man who was heir to a quarter of a million sterling. Hyde of Henry Jekyll’s favourite. there was nothing strange in that. just let me and this gentleman have a look about us. for instance.The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde had only used a couple of rooms. but these were furnished with 36 of 118 .’ A flash of odious joy appeared upon the woman’s face. ‘he is in trouble! What has he done? ‘Mr. which but for the old woman remained otherwise empty. An ivory-faced and silvery-haired old woman opened the door. ‘And now. but her manners were excellent. ‘I had better tell you who this person is.’ observed the latter. ‘Very well. ‘He don’t seem a very popular character. ‘Ah!’ said she. and he was often absent. Hyde’s. he had been in that night very late. she said. She had an evil face. Utterson and the inspector exchanged glances.’ In the whole extent of the house. but had gone away again in less than an hour.
’ 37 of 118 . sir. which had resisted the action of the fire. however. and get out the handbills. a good picture hung upon the walls. A closet was filled with wine. or he never would have left the stick or. We have nothing to do but wait for him at the bank. lock-fast drawers stood open. as though many papers had been burned. clothes lay about the floor. ‘You may depend upon it. above all. and on the hearth there lay a pile of grey ashes. From these embers the inspector disinterred the butt-end of a green cheque-book. Hyde luxury and good taste. Jekyll and Mr. burned the cheque-book. the officer declared himself delighted. the plate was of silver. Utterson: ‘I have him in my hand. the rooms bore every mark of having been recently and hurriedly ransacked. At this moment. money’s life to the man. who was much of a connoisseur. the napery elegant. and as this clinched his suspicions. completed his gratification. A visit to the bank.The Strange Case of Dr.’ he told Mr. with their pockets inside out. and the carpets were of many plies and agreeable in colour. the other half of the stick was found behind the door. where several thousand pounds were found to be lying to the murderer’s credit. Why. He must have lost his head. a gift (as Utterson supposed) from Henry Jekyll.
Hyde had numbered few familiars — even the master of the servant-maid had only seen him twice. his family could nowhere be traced. he had never been photographed. for Mr. Hyde This last. as common observers will. were they agreed. Only on one point. 38 of 118 .The Strange Case of Dr. and that was the haunting sense of unexpressed deformity with which the fugitive impressed his beholders. was not so easy of accomplishment. however. and the few who could describe him differed widely. Jekyll and Mr.
It was a large room. when Mr. and the light falling dimly through the foggy cupola. the floor strewn with crates and littered with packing straw. INCIDENT OF THE LETTER IT was late in the afternoon. Download the free trial version. and his own tastes being rather chemical than anatomical. fitted round with glass 39 of 118 . to the building which was indifferently known as the laboratory or the dissecting-rooms. had changed the destination of the block at the bottom of the garden.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. the tables laden with chemical apparatus. Mr. where he was at once admitted by Poole. windowless structure with curiosity. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Create. and carried down by the kitchen offices and across a yard which had once been a garden. It was the first time that the lawyer had been received in that part of his friend’s quarters. once crowded with eager students and now lying gaunt and silent. view. Utterson found his way to Dr. The doctor had bought the house from the heirs of a celebrated surgeon. At the further end. Utterson was at last received into the doctor’s cabinet. and he eyed the dingy. and gazed round with a distasteful sense of strangeness as he crossed the theatre. and edit PDF. and through this. a flight of stairs mounted to a door covered with red baize. Jekyll’s door.
and I want to know what I am doing.The Strange Case of Dr. a lamp was set lighted on the chimney shelf. and there. Utterson. as soon as Poole had left them. And indeed he does not want my help. Hyde presses. furnished. he is safe. I bind my honour to you that I am done with him in this world.’ ‘One word. close up to the warmth. Jekyll. ‘You seem pretty sure of him. for even in the houses the fog began to lie thickly. ‘I heard them in my dining-room. A fire burned in the grate.’ I swear to God I will never set eyes on him again. and looking out upon the court by three dusty windows barred with iron. but held out a cold hand and bade him welcome in a changed voice. mark my words. ‘Carew was my client.’ he said. ‘And now. He did not rise to meet his visitor.’ 40 of 118 . I swear to God. sat Dr. he will never more be heard of. he did not like his friend’s feverish manner.’ The lawyer listened gloomily. ‘you have heard the news?’ The doctor shuddered.’ said the lawyer. with a chevalglass and a business table. looking deadly sick.’ They were crying it in the square. ‘ cried the doctor. he is quite safe.’ said Mr. but so are you. You have not been mad enough to hide this fellow?’ ‘Utterson. you do not know him as I do. among other things. Jekyll and Mr. It is all at an end.
As he had means of escape on which he placed a sure dependence. you would judge wisely. I am sure. ‘and for your sake. ‘No. I am quite done with him.’ replied Jekyll. and yet relieved by it. Jekyll. upright hand and signed ‘Edward Hyde": and it signified. Jekyll and Mr.’ said the other. But there is one thing on which you may advise me.’ The letter was written in an odd. ‘let me see the letter. I hope you may be right. briefly enough. need labour under no alarm for his safety.’ ‘I am quite sure of him.’ said he. that it might lead to his detection?’ asked the lawyer. and I am at a loss whether I should show it to the police. whom he had long so unworthily repaid for a thousand generosities. If it came to a trial. I should like to leave it in your hands. I was thinking of my own character. Dr. your name might appear. ‘I have grounds for certainty that I cannot share with any one. The lawyer 41 of 118 . at last. Utterson. I have — I have received a letter.’ ‘You fear. that the writer’s benefactor. which this hateful business has rather exposed.’ I cannot say that I care what becomes of Hyde.The Strange Case of Dr. I suppose. I have so great a trust in you. Hyde said he.’ Utterson ruminated a while. he was surprised at his friend’s selfishness. ‘Well.
‘I wish you to judge for me entirely. On his way out. and he blamed himself for some of his past suspicions.’ replied Jekyll.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘He meant to murder you.’ ‘Well. But it bore no postmark. ‘Have you the envelope?’ he asked.’ ‘Shall I keep this and sleep upon it?’ asked Utterson. the lawyer stopped and had a word or two with Poole.’ was the reply. ‘there was a letter handed in to-day: what was the messenger like?’ But 42 of 118 .’ ‘I have had what is far more to the purpose. I shall consider. Hyde liked this letter well enough. Utterson. ‘By the by. Jekyll and Mr. what a lesson I have had!’ And he covered his face for a moment with his hands.’ returned the doctor solemnly: ‘I have had a lesson — O God. ‘I burned it. ‘And now one word more: it was Hyde who dictated the terms in your will about that disappearance?’ The doctor seemed seized with a qualm of faintness: he shut his mouth tight and nodded. ‘I knew it.’ returned the lawyer. it put a better colour on the intimacy than he had looked for.’ said Utterson. ‘I have lost confidence in myself. The note was handed in.’ before I thought what I was about. You have had a fine escape.’ said he.
Jekyll and Mr. and selfreliant as he was by habit. were crying themselves hoarse along the footways: ‘Special edition. and handled with the more caution. and midway between. Guest. it had been written in the cabinet. upon the other. where the lamps glimmered like carbuncles.The Strange Case of Dr. it might be fished for.’ he added. he sat on one side of his own hearth. Presently after. Hyde Poole was positive nothing had come except by post. at least. and he could not help a certain apprehension lest the good name of another should be sucked down in the eddy of the scandal.’ and only circulars by that. but perhaps.’ That was the funeral oration of one friend and client. This news sent off the visitor with his fears renewed. The fog still slept on the wing above the drowned city. indeed. possibly. with Mr. P. his head clerk. he began to cherish a longing for advice. a ticklish decision that he had to make. Shocking murder of an M. the procession of the 43 of 118 . It was. It was not to be had directly. a bottle of a particular old wine that had long dwelt unsunned in the foundations of his house. The newsboys. as he went. he thought. and if that were so. it must be differently judged. at a nicely calculated distance from the fire. Plainly the letter had come by the laboratory door. and through the muffle and smother of these fallen clouds.
sir. he might draw conclusions: was it not as well. Jekyll and Mr. Guest.’ he said. ‘This is a sad business about Sir Danvers. he knew Poole. and the glow of hot autumn afternoons on hillside vineyards was ready to be set free and to disperse the fogs of London. In the bottle the acids were long ago resolved. Insensibly the lawyer melted.The Strange Case of Dr. he could scarce have failed to hear of Mr. and he was not always sure that he kept as many as he meant. ‘Yes.’ 44 of 118 . As the colour grows richer in stained windows. It has elicited a great deal of public feeling. was a man of counsel. being a great student and critic of handwriting. ‘The man. would consider the step natural and obliging? The clerk. Hyde’s familiarity about the house. of course. and by that remark Mr. There was no man from whom he kept fewer secrets than Mr.’ returned Guest. Guest had often been on business to the doctor’s. then. Hyde town’s life was still rolling in through the great arteries with a sound as of a mighty wind. he would scarce read so strange a document without dropping a remark. besides. indeed. Utterson might shape his future course. was mad. that he should see a letter which put that mystery to rights? and above all since Guest. But the room was gay with firelight. the imperial dye had softened with time.
’ he said at last. ‘I have a document here in his handwriting. sir. sir?’ inquired the clerk. Anything private. and the clerk laid the two sheets of paper alongside and sedulously compared their contents.’ There was a pause. ‘it’s a very interesting autograph. Why? Do you want to see it?’ ‘One moment. sir". ‘No. returning both.’ ‘And by all accounts a very odd writer. and he sat down at once and studied it with passion. 45 of 118 . ‘Thank you. during which Mr. ‘I thought I knew the writing.’ Guest’s eyes brightened. Jekyll and Mr. Utterson?’ ‘Only an invitation to dinner. it is an ugly business at the best. it is between ourselves. Mr. but it is an odd hand.’ he said: ‘not mad. Guest?’ he inquired suddenly.The Strange Case of Dr. Utterson struggled with himself. I thank you. Jekyll. sir. ‘Why did you compare them. But there it is. Just then the servant entered with a note. quite in your way a murderer’s autograph. Hyde ‘I should like to hear your views on that. ‘Is that from Dr. for I scarce know what to do about it.’ replied Utterson.’ added the lawyer.
’ said the clerk. 46 of 118 . Hyde ‘Well. the two hands are in many points identical: only differently sloped.’ said the master. ‘I wouldn’t speak of this note. sir. as you say.The Strange Case of Dr.’ said Utterson. Utterson alone that night than he locked the note into his safe. Jekyll and Mr. sir. rather quaint. where it reposed from that time forward. ‘I understand.’ ‘Rather quaint.’ returned the clerk.’ Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!’ And his blood ran cold in his veins. you know. ‘No. ‘What!’ he thought. ‘It is.’ But no sooner was Mr. ‘there’s a rather singular resemblance.’ returned Guest.
more than paid for by the disappearance of Mr. Utterson began to recover from the hotness of his alarm. The death of Sir Danvers was. for the death of Sir Danvers was resented as a public injury. became once more their familiar guest and entertainer. as time drew on. of his vile life. Jekyll and Mr. Mr. a new life began for Dr. Much of his past was unearthed. renewed relations with his friends. of the hatred that seemed to have surrounded his career. indeed. He came out of his seclusion. of his strange associates. not a whisper. at once so callous and violent. to his way of thinking. but of his present whereabouts. and gradually. Now that that evil influence had been withdrawn.The Strange Case of Dr. and all disreputable: tales came out of the man’s cruelty. Hyde REMARKABLE INCIDENT OF DR. and whilst he had always 47 of 118 . thousands of pounds were offered in reward. Hyde had disappeared out of the ken of the police as though he had never existed. he was simply blotted out. LANYON TIME ran on. and to grow more at quiet with himself. From the time he had left the house in Soho on the morning of the murder. Hyde. Jekyll. but Mr.
he found this return of solitude to weigh upon his spirits. he was shocked at the change which had taken place in the doctor’s appearance. and having now been used for the last two months to see his friend almost daily. The rosy man had grown pale. and again on the 14th. There at least he was not denied admittance. and the sixth he betook himself to Dr. The fifth night he had in Guest to dine with him. he was now no less distinguished for religion. On the 12th. these tokens of a swift physical decay that arrested the lawyer’s notice. Lanyon’s. He was busy. known for charities. 48 of 118 . ‘The doctor was confined to the house. he tried again. Hyde been. ‘and saw no one. his face seemed to open and brighten. He had his deathwarrant written legibly upon his face. he did good. as if with an inward consciousness of service. and yet it was not so much. he was visibly balder and older. his flesh had fallen away.’ On the 15th. and for more than two months. Lanyon had been there. but when he came in. the doctor was at peace.The Strange Case of Dr.’ Poole said. Jekyll and Mr. the door was shut against the lawyer. and was again refused. and the face of the host had looked from one to the other as in the old days when the trio were inseparable friends. On the 8th of January Utterson had dined at the doctor’s with a small party. he was much in the open air.
Jekyll and Mr. I sometimes think if we knew all.’ Can’t I do anything?’ he inquired. ‘I am quite done with that person.’ observed Utterson.The Strange Case of Dr. he must know his own state and that his days are counted. Jekyll. ‘I have had a shock. and I beg that you will spare me any allusion to one whom I regard as dead. ‘Have you seen him?’ But Lanyon’s face changed.’ he said in a loud. it was with an air of greatness that Lanyon declared himself a doomed man. 49 of 118 . It is a question of weeks. life has been pleasant.’ And yet when Utterson remarked on his illlooks. and then after a considerable pause. yes. too. unsteady voice. ‘I wish to see or hear no more of Dr. It was unlikely that the doctor should fear death. I used to like it. and he held up a trembling hand. we should be more glad to get away. ‘Yes.’ he said.’ ‘Jekyll is ill. ‘he is a doctor.’ ‘Tut-tut. ‘and I shall never recover. Well. and the knowledge is more than he can bear.’ he thought. Utterson.’ said Mr. I liked it. Hyde as a look in the eye and quality of manner that seemed to testify to some deep-seated terror of the mind. and yet that was what Utterson was tempted to suspect. sir.
Hyde ‘We are three very old friends. I cannot tell you. ‘but I share his view that we must never meet. ‘I do not blame our old friend. Utterson sat down and wrote to Jekyll. you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. The quarrel with Lanyon was incurable. go. if you can sit and talk with me of other things. and sometimes darkly mysterious in drift. ‘Some day. I mean from henceforth to lead a life of extreme seclusion.’ Jekyll wrote.’ said the lawyer.’ ‘Nothing can be done.’ was the reply. Utterson.The Strange Case of Dr. If I am the chief of sinners. And in the meantime. you must not be surprised. nor must you doubt my friendship. complaining of his exclusion from the house.’ As soon as he got home.’ He will not see me. ‘ask himself. You must suffer me to go my own dark way. I am the chief of 50 of 118 . but if you cannot keep clear of this accursed topic. stay and do so. then. ‘I am not surprised at that. and asking the cause of this unhappy break with Lanyon. for God’s sake.’ returned Lanyon. often very pathetically worded. if my door is often shut even to you. Lanyon. for I cannot bear it. after I am dead. and the next day brought him a long answer. we shall not live to make others. in God’s name. Jekyll and Mr. I have brought on myself a punishment and a danger that I cannot name.
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sufferers also. I could not think that this earth contained a place for sufferings and terrors so unmanning; and you can do but one thing, Utterson, to lighten this destiny, and that is to respect my silence.’ Utterson was amazed; the dark influence of Hyde had been withdrawn, the doctor had returned to his old tasks and amities; a week ago, the prospect had smiled with every promise of a cheerful and an honoured age; and now in a moment, friendship, and peace of mind, and the whole tenor of his life were wrecked. So great and unprepared a change pointed to madness; but in view of Lanyon’s manner and words, there must lie for it some deeper ground. A week afterwards Dr. Lanyon took to his bed, and in something less than a fortnight he was dead. The night after the funeral, at which he had been sadly affected, Utterson locked the door of his business room, and sitting there by the light of a melancholy candle, drew out and set before him an envelope addressed by the hand and sealed with the seal of his dead friend. ‘PRIVATE: for the hands of G. J. Utterson ALONE and in case of his predecease to be destroyed unread,’ so it was emphatically superscribed; and the lawyer dreaded to behold the contents. ‘I have buried one friend to-day,’ he thought: ‘what if this should cost me another?’ And then 51 of 118
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he condemned the fear as a disloyalty, and broke the seal. Within there was another enclosure, likewise sealed, and marked upon the cover as ‘not to be opened till the death or disappearance of Dr. Henry Jekyll.’ Utterson could not trust his eyes. Yes, it was disappearance; here again, as in the mad will which he had long ago restored to its author, here again were the idea of a disappearance and the name of Henry Jekyll bracketed. But in the will, that idea had sprung from the sinister suggestion of the man Hyde; it was set there with a purpose all too plain and horrible. Written by the hand of Lanyon, what should it mean? A great curiosity came on the trustee, to disregard the prohibition and dive at once to the bottom of these mysteries; but professional honour and faith to his dead friend were stringent obligations; and the packet slept in the inmost corner of his private safe. It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it; and it may be doubted if, from that day forth, Utterson desired the society of his surviving friend with the same eagerness. He thought of him kindly; but his thoughts were disquieted and fearful. He went to call indeed; but he was perhaps relieved to be denied admittance; perhaps, in his heart, he preferred to speak with Poole upon the doorstep and surrounded by the air and sounds of the open 52 of 118
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city, rather than to be admitted into that house of voluntary bondage, and to sit and speak with its inscrutable recluse. Poole had, indeed, no very pleasant news to communicate. The doctor, it appeared, now more than ever confined himself to the cabinet over the laboratory, where he would sometimes even sleep; he was out of spirits, he had grown very silent, he did not read; it seemed as if he had something on his mind. Utterson became so used to the unvarying character of these reports, that he fell off little by little in the frequency of his visits.
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‘Did I ever tell you that I once saw him. and that when they came in front of the door.’ said Utterson. I am uneasy about poor Jekyll. both stopped to gaze on it. ‘Well. high up overhead. was still bright with sunset. even when I did. I feel as if the presence of a friend might do him good. that their way lay once again through the by-street.The Strange Case of Dr. and shared your feeling of repulsion?’ ‘It was impossible to do the one without the other. The middle one of the three 54 of 118 . when Mr. Utterson was on his usual walk with Mr. and full of premature twilight. Hyde.’ ‘I hope not. we may step into the court and take a look at the windows. not to know that this was a back way to Dr. ‘And by the way. Hyde INCIDENT AT THE WINDOW IT chanced on Sunday. To tell you the truth. what an ass you must have thought me. ‘But if that be so. We shall never see more of Mr.’ The court was very cool and a little damp.’ returned Enfield. although the sky. Jekyll’s! It was partly your own fault that I found it out. Jekyll and Mr. ‘that story’s at an end at least. Enfield. did you?’ said Utterson.’ said Enfield.’ ‘So you found it out. and even outside.
thank God. It will not last long. now. Jekyll. But indeed. taking the air with an infinite sadness of mien. drearily.’ replied the doctor. Utterson. before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair. Jekyll. like some disconsolate prisoner. I dare not. ‘I should like to very much. I would ask you and Mr. it is quite impossible.’ ‘You are very good.’ sighed the other.The Strange Case of Dr. (This is my cousin — Mr. ‘What! Jekyll!’ he cried. as froze the very blood of the two gentlemen 55 of 118 .’ ‘That is just what I was about to venture to propose.’ returned the doctor with a smite.’ ‘I am very low. whipping up the circulation like Mr. no. good-naturedly. But the words were hardly uttered.’ said the lawyer.’ said the lawyer. I am very glad to see you. Jekyll and Mr. Enfield — Dr. ‘very low.) Come. Utterson saw Dr. Hyde windows was half-way open. ‘You should be out. Enfield up. and sitting close beside it. get your hat and take a quick turn with us.’ ‘Why then. this is really a great pleasure. ‘I trust you are better. Enfield and me. ‘the best thing we can do is to stay down here and speak with you from where we are. but no. Utterson. but the place is really not fit. no.’ ‘You stay too much indoors.
Jekyll and Mr. 56 of 118 .’ said Mr. Utterson. ‘God forgive us. too. they traversed the by-street. that Mr. Utterson at last turned and looked at his companion. They saw it but for a glimpse. but that glimpse had been sufficient.The Strange Case of Dr. God forgive us. They were both pale. In silence. where even upon a Sunday there were still some stirrings of life. and they turned and left the court without a word. Enfield only nodded his head very seriously and walked on once more in silence. But Mr. and there was an answering horror in their eyes. and it was not until they had come into a neighbouring thoroughfare. Hyde below. for the window was instantly thrust down.
I’m afraid. take your time.’ said the man.’ ‘Now. ‘be explicit. and then taking a second look at him.’ 57 of 118 . ‘What ails you?’ he added. my good man. ‘is the doctor ill?’ ‘Mr.’ there is something wrong. What are you afraid of?’ ‘I’ve been afraid for about a week.’ said the lawyer.The Strange Case of Dr.’ replied Poole. when he was surprised to receive a visit from Poole.’ said the lawyer. UTTERSON was sitting by his fireside one evening after dinner. Jekyll and Mr. sir. he’s shut up again in the cabinet. ‘Bless me. Hyde THE LAST NIGHT MR. ‘Now. Utterson. and I don’t like it. sir I wish I may die if I like it.’ ‘You know the doctor’s ways. sir. ‘and I can bear it no more. and tell me plainly what you want. ‘and how he shuts himself up.’ returned Poole. Utterson. doggedly disregarding the question. what brings you here?’ he cried.’ Take a seat. Mr. and here is a glass of wine for you. Poole. Well.
It was a wild. ‘What foul play? What does the man mean?’ ‘I daren’t say. Hyde The man’s appearance amply bore out his words. a good deal frightened and rather inclined to be irritated in consequence. and his eyes directed to a corner of the floor.The Strange Case of Dr.’ ‘I think there’s been foul play.’ he repeated. his manner was altered for the worse. Try to tell me what it is. hoarsely. Utterson’s only answer was to rise and get his hat and great-coat. sir’ was the answer. and a flying wrack of the most diaphanous and 58 of 118 . ‘I see you have some good reason. with a pale moon. cold. ‘I can bear it no more. ‘Come. ‘but will you come along with me and see for yourself?’ Mr. that the wine was still untasted when he set it down to follow. and perhaps with no less. he sat with the glass of wine untasted on his knee.’ said the lawyer. Poole. he had not once looked the lawyer in the face.’ said Poole. and except for the moment when he had first announced his terror. Jekyll and Mr. ‘Foul play!’ cried the lawyer. I see there is something seriously amiss. but he observed with wonder the greatness of the relief that appeared upon the butler’s face. Even now. lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her. seasonable night of March.
and a voice asked from within. He could have wished it otherwise.’ he said. who had kept all the way a pace or two ahead.’ said the lawyer. harsh and broken. Jekyll and Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. and in spite of the biting weather. when he spoke. ‘Well. The wind made talking difficult. The square. ‘here we are. never in his life had he been conscious of so sharp a wish to see and touch his fellow-creatures.’ ‘Amen. for Mr. now pulled up in the middle of the pavement. for his face was white and his voice. But for all the hurry of his cowing. took off his hat and mopped his brow with a red pockethandkerchief. for struggle as he might. there was borne in upon his mind a crushing anticipation of calamity. and God grant there be nothing wrong. Poole. sir. ‘Is that you. was all full of wind and dust. besides. but the moisture of some strangling anguish. these were not the dews of exertion that he wiped away. Utterson thought he had never seen that part of London so deserted. Poole. the door was opened on the chain. Poole?’ 59 of 118 . Thereupon the servant knocked in a very guarded manner. Hyde lawny texture. It seemed to have swept the streets unusually bare of passengers. and the thin trees in the garden were lashing themselves along the railing. and flecked the blood into the face. when they got there.
with a ferocity of accent that testified to his own jangled nerves. when the girl had so suddenly raised the note of her lamentation. Utterson. no one protesting. Utterson. men and women. ‘What. ‘Hold your tongue!’ Poole said to her. Jekyll and Mr.’ continued the butler. ‘reach me a candle. very unseemly. when they entered it. what? Are you all here?’ said the lawyer peevishly. ‘And now. crying out. was brightly lighted up.The Strange Case of Dr. the fire was built high. and led the way to the back-garden. ‘Very irregular. At the sight of Mr.’ ‘They’re all afraid.’ said Poole. stood huddled together like a flock of sheep. addressing the knife-boy. your master would be far from pleased. Utterson to follow him.’ The hall.’ said Poole. 60 of 118 . only the maid lifted up her voice and now wept loudly. Blank silence followed.’ And then he begged Mr. and the cook. Hyde ‘It’s all right. they had all started and turned toward the inner door with faces of dreadful expectation. and about the hearth the whole of the servants. the housemaid broke into hysterical whimpering.’ ran forward as if to take him in her arms. ‘Open the door. and indeed. and we’ll get this through hands at once. ‘Bless God! it’s Mr.
Hyde ‘Now. if by any chance he was to ask you in. with a note of something like triumph in his voice. and even as he did so. ‘Thank you.’ Mr. asking to see you. and I don’t want you to be heard. sir. sir.’ said he. I want you to hear. setting down the candle and making a great and obvious call on his resolution. gave a jerk that nearly threw him from his balance. And see here. sir. mounted the steps and knocked with a somewhat uncertain hand on the red baize of the cabinet door. ‘Mr. and taking up his candle. ‘he called. while he himself. but he re-collected his courage and followed the butler into the laboratory building and through the surgical theatre. sir.’ it said complainingly. Here Poole motioned him to stand on one side and listen. to the foot of the stair. ‘you come as gently as you can. don’t go. Utterson’s nerves. with its lumber of crates and bottles. he led Mr.’ said Poole.The Strange Case of Dr. Utterson. Utterson back across the yard and into the great 61 of 118 . once more violently signed to the lawyer to give ear. Jekyll and Mr. A voice answered from within: ‘Tell him I cannot see any one. at this unlooked-for termination.
away with eight days ago. or whatever it is that lives in that cabinet. but giving look for look. is a thing that cries to Heaven. this is rather a wild tale. what could induce the murderer to stay? That won’t hold water. sir. and why it stays there. looking Mr. ‘Changed? Well. and who’s in there instead of him.’ he said. my man. Mr. Utterson. Utterson!’ ‘This is a very strange tale. supposing Dr. I think so. Utterson in the eyes. Jekyll to have been — well. you are a hard man to satisfy.’ replied the lawyer. yes.’ ‘Well. master’s made away with. Poole. biting his finger. he was made. has been crying night and day for some sort of medicine and cannot get it to his mind. ‘Sir.’ said Poole. Jekyll and Mr. It was sometimes 62 of 118 . ‘All this last week (you must know) him. murdered. to be deceived about his voice? No. Mr. or it. Hyde kitchen.’ was that my master’s voice?’ ‘It seems much changed. ‘Have I been twenty years in this man’s house.’ said Mr. ‘Suppose it were as you suppose.’ said the butler. very pale. when we heard him cry out upon the name of God.The Strange Case of Dr. but I’ll do it yet. it doesn’t commend itself to reason. Utterson. where the fire was out and the beetles were leaping on the floor.
and another order to a different firm. there have been orders and complaints. can hardly be exaggerated. Dr. Maw. J.’ So far the letter 63 of 118 . Download the free trial version. Well. that is — to write his orders on a sheet of paper and throw it on the stair. and I have been sent flying to all the wholesale chemists in town. sir. and should any of the same quality be left. and twice and thrice in the same day. his way — the master’s. We’ve had nothing else this week back. and a closed door. and the very meals left there to be smuggled in when nobody was looking. carefully examined. Expense is no consideration. Poole felt in his pocket and handed out a crumpled note. He assures them that their last sample is impure and quite useless for his present purpose. Its contents ran thus: ‘Dr.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. sir. M. The importance of this to Dr. view. Jekyll presents his compliments to Messrs. ay. J. every day. purchased a somewhat large quantity from Messrs. Utterson. He now begs them to search with the most sedulous care. bending nearer to the candle.’ ‘Have you any of these papers?’ asked Mr. Jekyll and Mr. to forward it to him at once. and edit PDF. This drug is wanted bitter bad. Hyde Create. whatever for. which the lawyer. there would be another paper telling me to return it. because it was not pure. Every time I brought the stuff back. In the year 18 — . nothing but papers.
and run from 64 of 118 . but here with a sudden splutter of the pen. for the cabinet door was open. do you know?’ resumed the lawyer. ‘It was this way. but the hair stood upon my head like quills. and he threw it back to me like so much dirt. He looked up when I came in. Utterson. Hyde had run composedly enough. ‘I thought it looked like it. I came suddenly into the theatre from the garden.’ he had added. why did he cry out like a rat. ‘For God’s sake. ‘But what matters hand-of-write? ‘ he said. gave a kind of cry. and whipped up-stairs into the cabinet. Sir.’ said the servant rather sulkily.’ ‘This is a strange note. ‘find me some of the old. if that was my master. It was but for one minute that I saw him. ‘This is unquestionably the doctor’s hand. Utterson. and then. the writer’s emotion had broken loose. why had he a mask upon his face? If it was my master. sir. Jekyll and Mr. with another voice. and then sharply. ‘How do you come to have it open?’ ‘The man at Maw’s was main angry.’ said Mr. It seems he had slipped out to look for this drug or whatever it is. ‘I’ve seen him!’ ‘Seen him?’ repeated Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. and there he was at the far end of the room digging among the crates.’ returned Poole. ‘Well?’ ‘That’s it!’ said Poole.
Your master. Hyde me? I have served him long enough. Poole.’ Utterson attempted to protest. Poole. Jekyll and Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. hence. Sir. and appalling to consider. Utterson.’ said Mr.’ said the butler. fine build of a man. that thing in the mask was never Dr. where I saw him every morning of my life? No. ‘These are all very strange circumstances. hence the mask and the avoidance of his friends. And then.’ cried Poole.. by means of which the poor soul retains some hope of ultimate recovery — God grant that he be not deceived! There is my explanation. ‘do you think I do not know my master after twenty years? Do you think I do not know where his head comes to in the cabinet door. and delivers us from all exorbitant alarms. ‘but I think I begin to see daylight. the alteration of his voice. but it is plain and natural.’ ‘Sir. but it was 65 of 118 . ‘that thing was not my master. for aught I know. it is sad enough.’ The man paused and passed his hand over his face. and this was more of a dwarf. hence his eagerness to find this drug. and there’s the truth. hangs well together. ‘O.. My master’ here he looked round him and began to whisper — ‘is a tall. is plainly seised with one of those maladies that both torture and deform the sufferer. sir. turning to a sort of mottled pallor. ay. Jekyll — God knows what it was.
Jekyll and Mr. sir. then. ‘We both think more than we have said.’ said the other.’ ‘Poole.’ Ah Mr. ‘and whatever comes of it. much as I am puzzled by this note which seems to prove him to be still alive. ‘It is well. and it is the belief of my heart that there was murder done. looking up. ‘if you say that. continued Poole.’ he said.’ returned the lawyer. Much as I desire to spare your master’s feelings. that we should be frank. I shall consider it my duty to break in that door. ‘that you and I are about to place ourselves in a position of some peril?’ ‘You may say so. and balanced it.’ was the undaunted reply. Jekyll. it will become my duty to make certain. ‘And now comes the second question. let us make 66 of 118 . Poole. Hyde never Dr.’ resumed Utterson: ‘Who Is going to do it?’ ‘Why. I shall make it my business to see you are no loser. that’s talking!’ cried the butler.’ ‘There is an axe in the theatre.’ replied the lawyer. ‘That’s very well said.’ The lawyer took that rude but weighty instrument into his hand. ‘Do you know.’ returned the butler. ‘and you might take the kitchen poker for yourself. Utterson. indeed.The Strange Case of Dr. you and me.
’ ‘I own I felt something of what you describe. ‘Quite so. Hyde? — why. Hyde a clean breast. Utterson. sir that at the time of the murder he had still the key with him? But that’s not all. I don’t know. ‘I once spoke with him.’ ‘Then you must know as well as the rest of us that there was something queer about that gentleman — something that gave a man a turn — I don’t know rightly how to say it. I know it’s not evidence. Hyde?’ ‘Yes.’ said the lawyer. but a man has 67 of 118 .’ said Mr. and it had the same quick.The Strange Case of Dr. it went down my spine like ice. it was much of the same bigness. sir. ‘But if you mean. beyond this: that you felt it in your marrow kind of cold and thin. I think it was! You see. Utterson. Utterson. ‘Well. Mr.’ was the answer. if ever you met this Mr. I’m book-learned enough for that. sir. Oh. Jekyll and Mr.’ returned Poole. it went so quick. Mr. light way with it. was it Mr. did you recognise it?’ ‘Well. This masked figure that you saw. that I could hardly swear to that. yes. when that masked thing like a monkey jumped from among the chemicals and whipped into the cabinet. and the creature was so doubled up. and then who else could have got in by the laboratory door? You have not forgot. sir.
let our name be vengeance. I know. Bradshaw. Poole. is telling upon all of you. and taking the poker under his arm. Evil. Poole. you and the boy must go round the corner with a pair of good sticks and take your post at the laboratory door. Meanwhile. founded — evil was sure to come — of that connection. I fear. or any malefactor seek to escape by the back. ay.’ The footman came at the summons.The Strange Case of Dr. 68 of 118 . very white and nervous. let us get to ours. but it is now our intention to make an end of it. the lawyer looked at his watch. truly.’ said the lawyer. I believe poor Harry is killed. Call Bradshaw. led the way into the yard. I believe you. If all is well. Hyde!’ ‘Ay. and it was now quite dark. feelings.’ he said. my shoulders are broad enough to bear the blame. lest anything should really be amiss. ‘My fears incline to the same point.’ As Bradshaw left. Well. ‘And now. ‘This suspense. Ay.’ said the lawyer. and I give you my Bible-word it was Mr. and I are going to force our way into the cabinet. God alone can tell) is still lurking in his victim’s room. Hyde his. Jekyll and Mr. The scud had banked over the moon. We give you ten minutes to get to your stations. here. Pull yourself together. and I believe his murderer (for what purpose.
there’s blood foully shed in every step of it! But hark again. Hyde The wind. Poole nodded. Utterson sighed. for all they went so slowly. tossed the light of the candle to and fro about their steps. 69 of 118 . ‘Once.’ whispered Poole. it’s an ill conscience that’s such an enemy to rest! Ah. which only broke in puffs and draughts into that deep well of building. London hummed solemnly all around. it was different indeed from the heavy creaking tread of Henry Jekyll. but nearer at hand. ‘Once I heard it weeping!’ ‘Weeping? how that?’ said the lawyer. with a certain swing.The Strange Case of Dr.’ he said. the stillness was only broken by the sounds of a footfall moving to and fro along the cabinet floor. is that the doctor’s foot?’ The steps fell lightly and oddly. sir. a little closer — put your heart in your ears. Mr. conscious of a sudden chill of horror. and tell me. and the better part of the night. where they sat down silently to wait. ‘Is there never anything else?’ he asked. there’s a bit of a break. Utterson. Only when a new sample comes from the chemist. ‘ay. Jekyll and Mr. Ah. until they came into the shelter of the theatre. Sir. ‘So it will walk all day.
‘if not by fair means. that’s not Jekyll’s voice — it’s Hyde’s!’ cried Utterson.’ he resumed. ‘I came away with that upon my heart. Up went the axe again. the blow shook the building. Hyde ‘Weeping like a woman or a lost soul. Jekyll and Mr. and the red baise door leaped against the lock and hinges.’ said the butler.’ cried Utterson. and again the panels crashed and the frame bounded. but there came no reply. then by foul! if not of your consent.’ But now the ten minutes drew to an end. Poole disinterred the axe from under a stack of packing straw. in the quiet of the night.’ said the voice. then by brute force!’ ‘Utterson. A dismal screech. with a loud voice. four 70 of 118 . ‘Down with the door. and I must and shall see you. our suspicions are aroused. the candle was set upon the nearest table to light them to the attack.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘Jekyll. that I could have wept too. have mercy!’ Ah. as of mere animal terror. rang from the cabinet. ‘I demand to see you. up and down. Poole!’ Poole swung the axe over his shoulder. ‘I give you fair warning. ‘for God’s sake. and they drew near with bated breath to where that patient foot was still going up and down.’ He paused a moment.
and nearer the fire. the things laid out for tea: the quietest room. and it was not until the fifth. the most commonplace that night in London. papers neatly set forth on the business-table. that the lock burst in sunder and the wreck of the door fell inwards on the carpet. but life was quite gone. appalled by their own riot and the stillness that had succeeded. He was dressed in clothes far too large for him. turned it on its back and beheld the face of Edward Hyde. Hyde times the blow fell.The Strange Case of Dr. The besiegers. There lay the cabinet before their eyes in the quiet lamplight. a good fire glowing and chattering on the hearth. Jekyll and Mr. and by the crushed phial in the hand and the strong smell of kernels that hung upon the air. but for the glased presses full of chemicals. stood back a little and peered in. you would have said. a drawer or two open. clothes of the doctor’s bigness. the kettle singing its thin strain. and. Right in the midst there lay the body of a man sorely contorted and still twitching. Utterson knew that he was looking on the body of a self-destroyer. but the wood was tough and the fittings were of excellent workmanship. They drew near on tiptoe. the cords of his face still moved with a semblance of life. 71 of 118 .
hearkening to the sound. Poole stamped on the flags of the corridor. Nowhere was there any trace of Henry Jekyll. which filled almost the whole ground story and was lighted from above. Hyde is gone to his account. and all. by the dust that fell from their doors. dead or alive. mostly dating from the times of the surgeon who was Jekyll’s predecessor. The cellar. 72 of 118 . All these they now thoroughly examined. and it only remains for us to find the body of your master. ‘ He must be buried here.’ he said. indeed.The Strange Case of Dr.’ he said sternly. A corridor joined the theatre to the door on the by-street. was filled with crazy lumber. Hyde ‘We have come too late. had stood long unopened. Each closet needed but a glance.’ The far greater proportion of the building was occupied by the theatre. and with this the cabinet communicated separately by a second flight of stairs. for all were empty. and by the cabinet. which formed an upper story at one end and looked upon the court. Jekyll and Mr. ‘whether to save or punish. but even as they opened the door they were advertised of the uselessness of further search. by the fall of a perfect mat of cobweb which had for years sealed up the entrance. There were besides a few dark closets and a spacious cellar.
and still with an occasional awe-struck glance at the dead body.’ said the lawyer.’ observed the lawyer.’ said Utterson. ‘This is beyond me. and he turned to examine the door in the by-street.’ continued Utterson. There were 73 of 118 . It was locked. ‘This does not look like use. as though for an experiment in which the unhappy man had been prevented. the kettle with a startling noise boiled over. various measured heaps of some white salt being laid on glass saucers. are rusty. the very sugar in the cup. it is broken? much as if a man had stamped on it. there were traces of chemical work. ‘Use!’ echoed Poole. proceeded more thoroughly to examine the contents of the cabinet. and the teathings stood ready to the sitter’s elbow. ‘Let us go back to the cabinet. Hyde ‘Or he may have fled. ‘Do you not see. already stained with rust.’ ‘Ay. ‘That is the same drug that I was always bringing him.’ They mounted the stair in silence. and lying near by on the flags. Jekyll and Mr. Poole. sir. This brought them to the fireside.’ The two men looked at each other with a scare.’ said Poole. too. and even as he spoke. where the easy-chair was drawn cosily up. they found the key.The Strange Case of Dr.’ and the fractures. At one table.
Jekyll and Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘And surely none stranger than itself. into whose depths they looked with an involuntary horror. ‘This glass have seen some strange things. The 74 of 118 . in his own hand. one lay beside the tea-things open. and bore. the name of Mr. and several enclosures fell to the floor. a large envelope was uppermost. Next. and their own pale and fearful countenances stooping to look in. sir. Next they turned to the business-table. with startling blasphemies. for which Jekyll had several times expressed a great esteem. in the doctor’s hand. ‘You may say that!’ said Poole. On the desk among the neat array of papers. the fire sparkling in a hundred repetitions along the glazed front of the presses.’ whispered Poole. But it was so turned as to show them nothing but the rosy glow playing on the roof. in the course of their review of the chamber.’ echoed the lawyer in the same tones. and then conquering the weakness — ‘what could Jekyll want with it?’ he said. ‘For what did Jekyll’ — he caught himself up at the word with a start. Utterson. The lawyer unsealed it. the searchers came to the cheval glass. and Utterson was amazed to find it a copy of a pious work. annotated. Hyde several books on a shelf.
’ he said. but. he must have raged to see himself displaced.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr.’ He caught up the next paper. he had no cause to like me. the lawyer. with indescribable amazement. He cannot have been disposed of in so short a space. read the name of Gabriel John Utterson. he must be still alive. ‘Because I fear. He looked at Poole. sir?’ asked Poole. and last of all at the dead malefactor stretched upon the carpet. view. and then back at the paper.’ ‘Why don’t you read it. we must be careful. why fled? and how? and in that case. Download the free trial version. Hyde Create. ‘O Poole!’ the lawyer cried.’ replied the lawyer solemnly. he must have fled! And then. and he has not destroyed this document. I foresee that we may yet involve your master in some dire catastrophe. first was a will. ‘ God grant I have no cause for it!’ And with that he brought the paper to his eyes and read as follows: 75 of 118 . can we venture to declare this suicide? Oh. in place of the name of Edward Hyde. Jekyll and Mr. to serve as a testament in case of death and as a deed of gift in case of disappearance. it was a brief note in the doctor’s hand and dated at the top. drawn in the same eccentric terms as the one which he had returned six months before. ‘My head goes round. ‘He has been all these days in possession. ‘he was alive and here this day. and edit PDF.
The Strange Case of Dr. sir. If your master has fled or is dead. once more leaving the servants gathered about the fire in the hall. Hyde ‘MY DEAR UTTERSON. when we shall send for the police. 76 of 118 . we may at least save his credit. HENRY JEKYLL. Go then. but my instinct and all the circumstances of my nameless situation tell me that the end is sure and must be early. and gave into his hands a considerable packet sealed in several places. ‘I would say nothing of this paper. locking the door of the theatre behind them. and Utterson. Jekyll and Mr.’ They went out. ‘Here. under what circumstances I have not the penetration to foresee. and first read the narrative which Lanyon warned me he was to place in your hands. I must go home and read these documents in quiet.’ ‘There was a third enclosure?’ asked Utterson. It is now ten. turn to the confession of Your unworthy and unhappy friend. trudged back to his office to read the two narratives in which this mystery was now to be explained. The lawyer put it in his pocket.’ said Poole. I shall have disappeared. but I shall be back before midnight. and if you care to hear more. — When this shall fall into your hands.
’ I would not have sacrificed my left hand to help you.The Strange Case of Dr. ‘Jekyll. and I could imagine nothing in our intercourse that should justify formality of registration. any break in our affection. at least on my side. for this is how the letter ran: ‘10th December. The contents increased my wonder. You might suppose. There was never a day when. my honour. for we were by no means in the habit of correspondence. You are one of my oldest friends. 18 — ‘DEAR LANYON. indeed. my life. Henry Jekyll. I received by the evening delivery a registered envelope. if you had said to me. the night before. and although we may have differed at times on scientific questions. my reason. my life. after this preface. Hyde DR. LANYON’S NARRATIVE ON the ninth of January. if you fail me to-night I am lost. Lanyon. my honour my reason. I was a good deal surprised by this. now four days ago. 77 of 118 . dined with him. that I am going to ask you for something dishonourable to grant. addressed in the hand of my colleague and old school-companion. Jekyll and Mr. Judge for yourself. depend upon you. I cannot remember. are all at your mercy. I had seen the man.
unless your carriage should be actually at the door. 78 of 118 . you will find. my butler. Hyde ‘I want you to postpone all other engagements for tonight — ay. breaking the lock if it be shut. but because an hour when your servants are in bed is to be preferred for what will then remain to do. I have a morbid fear of misdirecting you. Jekyll and Mr. but even if I am in error. with all its contents as they stand. At midnight. This drawer I beg of you to carry back with you to Cavendish Square exactly as it stands.The Strange Case of Dr. him waiting your arrival with a locksmith. You should be back. you may know the right drawer by its contents: some powders. and with this letter in your hand for consultation. The door of my cabinet is then to be forced: and you are to go in alone. long before midnight. not only in the fear of one of those obstacles that can neither be prevented nor fore-seen. In my extreme distress of wind. if you set out at once on the receipt of this. a phial and a paper book. to drive straight to my house. has his orders. and to draw out. but I will leave you that amount of margin. the fourth drawer from the top or (which is the same thing) the third from the bottom. Poole. to open the glazed press (letter E) on the left hand. ‘That is the first part of the service: now for the second. even if you were summoned to the bedside of an emperor. to take a cab.
my troubles will roll away like a story that is told. Then you will have played your part and earned my gratitude completely. my heart sinks and my hand trembles at the bare thought of such a possibility. It is possible that the postoffice may fail me. S. Jekyll and Mr. if you insist upon an explanation. Think of me at this hour. I have to ask you to be alone in your consultingroom. H. fantastic as they must appear. Five minutes afterwards. and save Your friend. my dear Lanyon. ‘Confident as I am that you will not trifle with this appeal.The Strange Case of Dr. labouring under a blackness of distress that no fancy can exaggerate. if you will but punctually serve me.’ ‘P. and this letter not come into your hands until to79 of 118 . Hyde then. Serve me. you might have charged your conscience with my death or the shipwreck of my reason. I had already sealed this up when a fresh terror struck upon my soul. and to place in his hands the drawer that you will have brought with you from my cabinet. you will have understood that these arrangements are of capital importance. J. and yet well aware that. to admit with your own hand into the house a man who will present himself in my name. and that by the neglect of one of them. in a strange place.
The door was very strong. Hyde morrow morning. and if that night passes without event. got into a hansom. the less I was in a position to judge of its importance. Jekyll and Mr. if force were to be used. and the locksmith was near despair. I felt bound to do as he requested. In that case. and once more expect my messenger at midnight. but till that was proved beyond the possibility of doubt. you will know that you have seen the last of Henry Jekyll. the carpenter avowed he would have great trouble and have to do much damage. I made sure my colleague was insane. dear Lanyon. The tradesmen came while we were yet speaking.The Strange Case of Dr. Denman’s surgical theatre. and we moved in a body to old Dr. he had received by the same post as mine a registered letter of instruction. the lock excellent. and drove straight to Jekyll’s house.’ Upon the reading of this letter. The butler was awaiting my arrival. I rose accordingly from table. The less I understood of this farrago. and had sent at once for a locksmith and a carpenter. But this last 80 of 118 . It may then already be too late. do my errand when it shall be most convenient for you in the course of the day. from which (as you are doubtless aware) Jekyll’s private cabinet is most conveniently entered. and an appeal so worded could not be set aside without a grave responsibility.
Here and there a brief remark was appended to a date. Hyde was a handy fellow. the door stood open. though it whetted my curiosity. and once very early in the list and followed by several marks of exclamation. usually no more than a single word: ‘double’ occurring perhaps six times in a total of several hundred entries. but I observed that the entries ceased nearly a year ago and quite abruptly. which was highly pungent to the sense of smell and seemed to me to contain phosphorus and some volatile ether. These covered a period of many years. and after two hours’ work. might have been about half-full of a blood-red liquor. At the other ingredients I could make no guess. The book was an ordinary version-book and contained little but a series of dates. The press marked E was unlocked. The powders were neatly enough made up. The phial. Jekyll and Mr. Here I proceeded to examine its contents. and returned with it to Cavendish Square. and when I opened one of the wrappers I found what seemed to me a simple crystalline salt of a white colour. ‘total failure!!!’ All this. to which I next turned my attention. had it filled up with straw and tied in a sheet. but not with the nicety of the dispensing chemist. Here were a 81 of 118 . so that it was plain they were of Jekyll’s private manufacture.The Strange Case of Dr. told me little that was definite. and I took out the drawer.
‘Are you come from Dr. How could the presence of these articles in my house affect either the honour. that I might be found in some posture of self-defence. Jekyll and Mr. I went myself at the summons. Twelve o’clock had scarce rung out over London. advancing with his bull’s eye open. why was this gentleman to be received by me in secret? The more I reflected the more convinced I grew that I was dealing with a case of cerebral disease: and though I dismissed my servants to bed. There was a policeman not far off. Jekyll?’ I asked. a paper of some salt. I thought my visitor started and made greater haste. he did not obey me without a searching backward glance into the darkness of the square. or the life of my flighty colleague? If his messenger could go to one place. and at the sight. ere the knocker sounded very gently on the door. the sanity. why could he not go to another? And even granting some impediment. and found a small man crouching against the pillars of the portico. 82 of 118 . and when I had bidden him enter.The Strange Case of Dr. and the record of a series of experiments that had led (like too many of Jekyll’s investigations) to no end of practical usefulness. I loaded an old revolver. He told me ‘yes’ by a constrained gesture. Hyde phial of some tincture.
and was accompanied by a marked sinking of the pulse. although they were of rich and sober fabric. and — last but not least — with the odd. and merely wondered at the acuteness of the symptoms. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde These particulars struck me. as I have said. so much was certain. This bore some resemblance to incipient rigour. I kept my hand ready on my weapon. struck in me what I can only describe as a disgustful curiosity) was dressed in a fashion that would have made an ordinary person laughable. I had never set eyes on him before. I had a chance of clearly seeing him. at last. and to turn on some nobler hinge than the principle of hatred. Here. that is to say. I set it down to some idiosyncratic. from the first moment of his entrance.The Strange Case of Dr. He was small. This person (who had thus. At the time. and as I followed him into the bright light of the consulting-room. I confess. personal distaste. but I have since had reason to believe the cause to lie much deeper in the nature of man. subjective disturbance caused by his neighbourhood. his clothes. I was struck besides with the shocking expression of his face. were enormously too large for him in every measurement — the trousers hanging on his legs and rolled up to keep 83 of 118 . disagreeably. with his remarkable combination of great muscular activity and great apparent debility of constitution.
if you please. Strange to relate. his life. this ludicrous accoutrement was far from moving me to laughter. the waist of the coat below his haunches. though they have taken so great a space to be set down in.The Strange Case of Dr. conscious at his touch of a certain icy pang along my blood. sir. his fortune and status in the world. My visitor was. on fire with sombre excitement. there was added a curiosity as to his origin. ‘You forget that I have not yet the pleasure of your acquaintance.’ And I showed him an example. indeed. Rather. ‘Come. Jekyll and Mr. These observations. and revolting — this fresh disparity seemed but to fit in with and to reinforce it. ‘Have you got it?’ And so lively was his impatience that he even laid his hand upon my arm and sought to shake me.’ said I. so that to my interest in the man’s nature and character. as there was something abnormal and misbegotten in the very essence of the creature that now faced me — something seizing. surprising. were yet the work of a few seconds. Hyde them from the ground. ‘Have you got it?’ he cried. and the collar sprawling wide upon his shoulders. as the 84 of 118 . I put him back. Be seated. and sat down myself in my customary seat and with as fair an imitation of my ordinary manner to a patient.
’ But here I took pity on my visitor’s suspense. the nature of my pre-occupations. Hyde lateness of the hour. and I understood. ‘Compose yourself. Dr. and I could see. plucked away the sheet. and laid his hand upon his heart: I could hear his teeth grate with the convulsive action of his jaws. and his face was so ghastly to see that I grew alarmed both for his life and reason. Jekyll and Mr. sir. Dr. At sight of 85 of 118 . and my impatience has shown its heels to my politeness. that he was wrestling against the approaches of the hysteria — ‘I understood. and some perhaps on my own growing curiosity. and as if with the decision of despair. on a piece of business of some moment.. He sprang to it. I come here at the instance of your colleague. pointing to the drawer. ‘I beg your pardon.. would suffer me to muster. and the horror I had of my visitor. in spite of his collected manner..The Strange Case of Dr.’ He paused and put his hand to his throat.’ said I. a drawer. where it lay on the floor behind a table and still covered with the sheet. Henry Jekyll.’ said I. ‘There it is. and then paused. He turned a dreadful smile to me.’ he replied civilly enough. ‘What you say is very well founded. Lanyon.
He thanked me with a smiling nod. smiled. and then turned and looked upon me with an air of scrutiny. in proportion as the crystals melted. 86 of 118 . and to throw off small fumes of vapour.The Strange Case of Dr. Will you be wise? will you be guided? will you suffer me to take this glass in my hand and to go forth from your house without further parley? or has the greed of curiosity too much command of you? Think before you answer. ‘And now. he uttered one loud sob of such immense relief that I sat petrified. set down the glass upon the table. Jekyll and Mr. to brighten in colour. And the next moment. who had watched these metamorphoses with a keen eye. the ebullition ceased and the compound changed to a dark purple. began.’ said he. ‘to settle what remains. Suddenly and at the same moment. I rose from my place with something of an effort and gave him what he asked. The mixture. for it shall be done as you decide. My visitor. which faded again more slowly to a watery green. and neither richer nor wiser. ‘Have you a graduated glass?’ he asked. you shall be left as you were before. Hyde the contents. to effervesce audibly. measured out a few minims of the red tincture and added one of the powders. in a voice that was already fairly well under control. which was at first of a reddish hue. As you decide.
’ said I. affecting a coolness that I was far from truly possessing. and as I looked there came. And now. clutched at the table and held on. if you shall so prefer to choose. Jekyll and Mr. ‘Lanyon. upon the instant.’ you speak enigmas. in this room. I thought. Download the free trial version. you who have denied the virtue of transcendental medicine. here. Hyde Create. Or. and you will perhaps not wonder that I hear you with no very strong impression of belief. a new province of knowledge and new avenues to fame and power shall be laid open to you.’ replied my visitor. staggered. gasping with open mouth.’ ‘It is well. A cry followed. you who have so long been bound to the most narrow and material views. you who have derided your superiors — behold!’ He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp. unless the sense of service rendered to a man in mortal distress may be counted as a kind of riches of the soul. a change — he seemed to swell — his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter — and the next 87 of 118 . he reeled. view. and your sight shall be blasted by a prodigy to stagger the unbelief of Satan. staring with injected eyes.’ ‘Sir. you remember your vows: what follows is under the seal of our profession.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. But I have gone too far in the way of inexplicable services to pause before I see the end. and edit PDF.
I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall. and yet now when that sight has faded from my eyes. As for the moral turpitude that man unveiled to me. and I cannot answer. I saw what I saw. on Jekyll’s own confession. the deadliest terror sits by me at all hours of the day and night. I cannot bring my mind to set on paper. I will say but one thing. like a man restored from death — there stood Henry Jekyll! What he told me in the next hour. sleep has left me. The creature who crept into my house that night was. and groping before him with his hands. for there before my eyes — pale and shaken. and yet I shall die incredulous. Utterson. even in memory. and that I must die. known by the name of Hyde and hunted for in every corner of the land as the murderer of Carew. I heard what I heard. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment. even with tears of penitence. I feel that my days are numbered.The Strange Case of Dr. I ask myself if I believe it. HASTIE LANYON. my arm raised to shield me from that prodigy. My life is shaken to its roots. and that (if you can bring your mind to credit it) will be more than enough. dwell on it without a start of horror. my mind submerged in terror. ‘O God!’ I screamed. I cannot. and my soul sickened at it. and ‘O God!’ again and again. and halffainting. 88 of 118 .
The Strange Case of Dr. with every guarantee of an honourable and distinguished future. Hyde HENRY JEKYLL’S FULL STATEMENT OF THE CASE I WAS born in the year 18 — to a large fortune. And indeed the worst of my faults was a certain impatient gaiety of disposition. and thus. as might have been supposed. Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures. fond of the respect of the wise and good among my fellow-men. endowed besides with excellent parts. 89 of 118 . It was thus rather the exacting nature of my aspirations than any particular degradation in my faults. and wear a more than commonly grave countenance before the public. and began to look round me and take stock of my progress and position in the world. such as has made the happiness of many. but from the high views that I had set before me. Jekyll and Mr. but such as I found it hard to reconcile with my imperious desire to carry my head high. I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life. Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of. I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame. and that when I reached years of reflection. inclined by nature to industry.
With every day. severed in me those provinces of good and ill which divide and compound man’s dual nature. I say two. I was driven to reflect deeply and inveterately on that hard law of life. and I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of 90 of 118 . And it chanced that the direction of my scientific studies. I was in no sense a hypocrite. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that made me what I was and. which led wholly toward the mystic and the transcendental. Others will follow. others will outstrip me on the same lines. because the state of my own knowledge does not pass beyond that point. with even a deeper trench than in the majority of men. both sides of me were in dead earnest. in the eye of day. by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one. Though so profound a double-dealer. I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth. which lies at the root of religion and is one of the most plentiful springs of distress.The Strange Case of Dr. at the furtherance of knowledge or the relief of sorrow and suffering. re-acted and shed a strong light on this consciousness of the perennial war among my members. I was no more myself when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame. the moral and the intellectual. and from both sides of my intelligence. but truly two. than when I laboured. In this case.
Hyde multifarious. I. for my part. advanced infallibly in one direction and in one direction only.The Strange Case of Dr. on the thought of the separation of these elements. I had learned to dwell with pleasure. it was only because I was radically both. even if I could rightly be said to be either. I saw that. and independent denizens. these polar twins should be 91 of 118 . of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness. even before the course of my scientific discoveries had begun to suggest the most naked possibility of such a miracle. Jekyll and Mr. as a beloved day-dream. and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil. I told myself. life would be relieved of all that was unbearable. It was on the moral side. and remorse of his more upright twin. that I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man. and from an early date. It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous fagots were thus bound together that in the agonised womb of consciousness. doing the good things in which he found his pleasure. from the nature of my life. could but be housed in separate identities. If each. incongruous. the unjust delivered from the aspirations might go his way. and in my own person. and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path.
Jekyll and Mr. the mist-like transience of this seemingly so solid body in which we walk attired. and a second form and countenance substituted. First. Hyde continuously struggling.The Strange Case of Dr. because I have been made to learn that the doom and burthen of our life is bound for ever on man’s shoulders. as my narrative will make. For two good reasons. Certain agents I found to have the power to shake and to pluck back that fleshly vestment. Second. were they dissociated? I was so far in my reflections when. then. because. but managed to compound a drug by which these powers should be dethroned from their supremacy. I will not enter deeply into this scientific branch of my confession. none the less natural to me because they were 92 of 118 . and when the attempt is made to cast it off. a side-light began to shine upon the subject from the laboratory table. even as a wind might toss the curtains of a pavilion. my discoveries were incomplete. then. How. as I have said. it but returns upon us with more unfamiliar and more awful pressure. alas! too evident. Enough. that I not only recognised my natural body for the mere aura and effulgence of certain of the powers that made up my spirit. I began to perceive more deeply than it has ever yet been stated. the trembling immateriality.
and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness. drank off the potion. deadly nausea. might by the least scruple of an overdose or at the least inopportunity in the moment of exhibition. I had long since prepared my tincture. a large quantity of a particular salt which I knew. But the temptation of a discovery so singular and profound. Then these agonies began swiftly to subside. something indescribably new and. I compounded the elements. at last overcame the suggestions of alarm.The Strange Case of Dr. I purchased at once. to be the last ingredient required. for any drug that so potently controlled and shook the very fortress of identity. and bore the stamp. Jekyll and Mr. from its 93 of 118 . from a firm of wholesale chemists. of lower elements in my soul. and when the ebullition had subsided. The most racking pangs succeeded: a grinding in the bones. I knew well that I risked death. and late one accursed night. with a strong glow of courage. I hesitated long before I put this theory to the test of practice. from my experiments. and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death. utterly blot out that immaterial tabernacle which I looked to it to change. There was something strange in my sensations. watched them boil and smoke together in the glass. Hyde the expression.
that which stands beside me as I write. at the first breath of this new life. the first creature of that sort that their unsleeping vigilance had yet 94 of 118 . exulting in the freshness of these sensations. and the thought. and I determined. a solution of the bonds of obligation. and in the act. was nearly ripe for the conception of the day — the inmates of my house were locked in the most rigorous hours of slumber. an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul. flushed as I was with hope and triumph. I felt younger. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde very novelty. I was suddenly aware that I had lost in stature. I crossed the yard. incredibly sweet. I stretched out my hands.The Strange Case of Dr. to be more wicked. to venture in my new shape as far as to my bedroom. a current of disordered sensual images running like a mill-race in my fancy. was brought there later on and for the very purpose of these transformations. I could have thought. in my room. sold a slave to my original evil. with wonder. however. at that date. within I was conscious of a heady recklessness. black as it was. tenfold more wicked. braced and delighted me like wine. in that moment. The night. wherein the constellations looked down upon me. lighter. I knew myself. was far gone into the morning — the morning. There was no mirror. happier in body.
than the imperfect and divided countenance I had been hitherto accustomed to call mine. I stole through the corridors. This. Evil besides (which I must still believe to be the lethal side of man) had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay. but that which I suppose to be most probable. Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one. and younger than Henry Jekyll. as I think. was myself. In my eyes it bore a livelier image of the spirit. Again. after all. I saw for the first time the appearance of Edward Hyde. in the course of my life. slighter. a stranger in my own house. ninetenths a life of effort. It seemed natural and human. and control.The Strange Case of Dr. And hence. it seemed more express and single. And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass. virtue. The evil side of my nature. and coming to my room. I was conscious of no repugnance. I have 95 of 118 . too. saying not that which I know. evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other. Jekyll and Mr. was less robust and less developed than the good which I had just deposed. I must here speak by theory alone. it came about that Edward Hyde was so much smaller. it had been much less exercised and much less exhausted. Hyde disclosed to them. which had been. rather of a leap of welcome. to which I had now transferred the stamping efficacy. And in so far I was doubtless right.
This. I had come forth an angel instead of a fiend.The Strange Case of Dr. had I risked the experiment while under the empire of generous or pious aspirations. 96 of 118 . are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde. that which stood within ran forth. Jekyll and Mr. The drug had no discriminating action. and came to myself once more with the character. Had I approached my discovery in a more noble spirit. That night I had come to the fatal cross-roads. none could come near to me at first without a visible misgiving of the flesh. and like the captives of Philippi. it was neither diabolical nor divine. Hyde observed that when I wore the semblance of Edward Hyde. it but shook the doors of the prison-house of my disposition. all must have been otherwise. and hurrying back to my cabinet. was pure evil. I once more prepared and drank the cup. and the face of Henry Jekyll. alone in the ranks of mankind. as we meet them. it yet remained to be seen if I had lost my identity beyond redemption and must flee before daylight from a house that was no longer mine. I lingered but a moment at the mirror: the second and conclusive experiment had yet to be attempted. the stature. as I take it. and from these agonies of death and birth. once more suffered the pangs of dissolution. was because all human beings.
kept awake by ambition. I took and furnished that house in Soho. to which Hyde was tracked by the police. I had not yet conquered my aversion to the dryness of a life of study. that incongruous compound of whose reformation and improvement I had already learned to despair. like a thick cloak. I smiled at the notion. one was wholly evil. I would still be merrily disposed at times. was alert and swift to seize the occasion. and to assume. and the thing that was projected was Edward Hyde. Hence. Hyde At that time my virtue slumbered. it seemed to me at the time to be humorous. I had but to drink the cup. The movement was thus wholly toward the worse. that of Edward Hyde. this incoherency of my life was daily growing more unwelcome. Jekyll and Mr. and engaged as housekeeper a creature whom I well knew to be silent and 97 of 118 . but growing toward the elderly man. Even at that time. and I made my preparations with the most studious care. and as my pleasures were (to say the least) undignified. It was on this side that my new power tempted me until I fell in slavery. my evil. to doff at once the body of the noted professor. although I had now two characters as well as two appearances.The Strange Case of Dr. and the other was still the old Henry Jekyll. and I was not only well known and highly considered.
I could enter on that of Edward Hyde without pecuniary loss. I next drew up that will to which you so much objected. quietly at home. I was the first that ever did so for his pleasures. And thus fortified. Men have before hired bravos to transact their crimes. I was the first that could thus plod in the public eye with a load of genial respectability. strip off these lendings and spring headlong into the sea of liberty. I began to profit by the strange immunities of my position. and whatever he had done. But for me. in my impenetrable mantle. on every side. Jekyll and Mr. and there in his stead. Hyde unscrupulous. the safety was complete. give me but a second or two to mix and swallow the draught that I had always standing ready. I announced to my servants that a Mr. Hyde (whom I described) was to have full liberty and power about my house in the square. Jekyll. in my second character. trimming the 98 of 118 . I even called and made myself a familiar object.The Strange Case of Dr. while their own person and reputation sat under shelter. as I supposed. like a schoolboy. so that if anything befell me in the person of Dr. Edward Hyde would pass away like the stain of breath upon a mirror. and to parry mishaps. Think of it — I did not even exist! Let me but escape into my laboratory door. and in a moment. On the other side.
Hyde Create. Into the details of the infamy at which I thus connived (for even now I can scarce grant that I committed it) I have no design of entering. and Hyde alone. It was Hyde. Download the free trial version. Jekyll was no worse. relentless like a man of stone. The pleasures which I made haste to seek in my disguise were. and insidiously relaxed the grasp of conscience. to undo the evil done by Hyde. as I have said. that was guilty. Henry Jekyll stood at times aghast before the acts of Edward Hyde. a man who could afford to laugh at suspicion. undignified. would be Henry Jekyll. his every act and thought centred on self. And thus his conscience slumbered. view. they soon began to turn toward the monstrous. and edit PDF. Jekyll and Mr. but the situation was apart from ordinary laws. where it was possible. was a being inherently malign and villainous. I mean but to point out the 99 of 118 . he woke again to his good qualities seemingly unimpaired. When I would come back from these excursions. and sent forth alone to do his good pleasure. after all. I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity. midnight lamp in his study. I would scarce use a harder term. he would even make haste. This familiar that I called out of my own soul.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. But in the hands of Edward Hyde. drinking pleasure with bestial avidity from any degree of torture to another.
I thought I sat beyond the reach of fate. Jekyll and Mr. An act of cruelty to a child aroused against me the anger of a passer-by. whom I recognised the other day in the person of your kinsman. had returned at a late hour. by opening an account at another bank in the name of Edward Hyde himself. and at last. something still kept insisting that I was not where I was. I shall no more than mention. and when. there were moments when I feared for my life. Edward Hyde had to bring them to the door. It was in vain I looked about me. I met with one accident which. Hyde warnings and the successive steps with which my chastisement approached. by sloping my own hand backward.The Strange Case of Dr. I had been out for one of my adventures. in order to pacify their too just resentment. and woke the next day in bed with somewhat odd sensations. that I had not wakened where I seemed to be. as it brought on no consequence. the doctor and the child’s family joined him. and pay them in a cheque drawn in the name of Henry Jekyll. I had supplied my double with a signature. Some two months before the murder of Sir Danvers. in vain I saw the decent furniture and tall proportions of my room in the square. in vain that I recognised the pattern of the bed-curtains and the design of the mahogany frame. But this danger was easily eliminated from the future. but in the 100 of 118 .
and. firm. even as I did so. I must have stared upon it for near half a minute. clearly enough. dropping back into a comfortable morning doze. my blood was changed into something exquisitely thin and icy. in one of my more wakeful moments. Jekyll and Mr. At the sight that met my eyes. Hyde little room in Soho where I was accustomed to sleep in the body of Edward Hyde.The Strange Case of Dr. knuckly. occasionally. the servants 101 of 118 . and bounding from my bed. I rushed to the mirror. I had gone to bed Henry Jekyll. I was still so engaged when. How was this to be explained? I asked myself. and then. of a dusky pallor and thickly shaded with a swart growth of hair. I smiled to myself. Now the hand of Henry Jekyll (as you have often remarked) was professional in shape and size: it was large. It was the hand of Edward Hyde. in my psychological way began lazily to inquire into the elements of this illusion. before terror woke up in my breast as sudden and startling as the crash of cymbals. But the hand which I now saw. with another bound of terror — how was it to be remedied? It was well on in the morning. was lean. sunk as I was in the mere stupidity of wonder. and comely. my eyes fell upon my hand. Yes. lying half shut on the bed-clothes. I had awakened Edward Hyde. in the yellow light of a mid-London morning. white. corded.
it had seemed to me of late as though the body 102 of 118 . across the open court and through the anatomical theatre. had lately been much exercised and nourished. seemed. it came back upon my mind that the servants were already used to the coming and going of my second self. and I began to reflect more seriously than ever before on the issues and possibilities of my double existence. in clothes of my own size: had soon passed through the house. That part of me which I had the power of projecting. but of what use was that. with a darkened brow. Jekyll and Mr. through the back passage. to be spelling out the letters of my judgment. and ten minutes later. when I was unable to conceal the alteration in my stature? And then with an overpowering sweetness of relief. I had soon dressed. It might indeed be possible to cover my face.The Strange Case of Dr. This inexplicable incident. to make a feint of breakfasting. Dr. like the Babylonian finger on the wall. as well as I was able. from where I was then standing horror-struck. Hyde were up. all my drugs were in the cabinet — a long journey down two pairs of stairs. Small indeed was my appetite. where Bradshaw stared and drew back at seeing Mr. Jekyll had returned to his own shape and was sitting down. this reversal of my previous experience. Hyde at such an hour and in such a strange array.
Between these two. but all other faculties were most unequally shared between them. and the character of Edward Hyde become irrevocably mine. as though (when I wore that form) I were conscious of a more generous tide of blood. and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse. Once. Jekyll (who was composite) now with the most sensitive 103 of 118 . and these rare uncertainties had cast hitherto the sole shadow on my contentment. however. to treble the amount. All things therefore seemed to point to this: that I was slowly losing hold of my original and better self. the power of voluntary change be forfeited. Jekyll and Mr. The power of the drug had not been always equally displayed. the difficulty had been to throw off the body of Jekyll. Hyde of Edward Hyde had grown in stature. if this were much prolonged. and I began to spy a danger that. and once. very early in my career. and in the light of that morning’s accident. My two natures had memory in common. I was led to remark that whereas. with infinite risk of death. it had of late gradually but decidedly transferred itself to the other side. Now. since then I had been obliged on more than one occasion to double. I now felt I had to choose. it had totally failed me. in the beginning. the balance of my nature might be permanently overthrown.The Strange Case of Dr.
Strange as my circumstances were. for while Jekyll would suffer smartingly in the fires of abstinence. Hyde would be not even conscious of all that he had lost. much the same inducements and alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner. was to die to a thousand interests and aspirations. or but remembered him as the mountain bandit remembers the cavern in which he conceals himself from pursuit. at a blow and for ever. The bargain might appear unequal. but there was still another consideration in the scales. I preferred the elderly and discontented doctor. projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde. Jekyll had more than a father’s interest. Hyde apprehensions. Hyde had more than a son’s indifference. despised and friendless. Jekyll and Mr. the terms of this debate are as old and commonplace as man. was to die to those appetites which I had long secretly indulged and had of late begun to pamper. and to become. that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the strength to keep to it. the comparative 104 of 118 . but Hyde was indifferent to Jekyll. as it falls with so vast a majority of my fellows. Yes. and it fell out with me. surrounded by friends and cherishing honest hopes.The Strange Case of Dr. now with a greedy gusto. and bade a resolute farewell to the liberty. To cast in my lot with Jekyll. To cast it in with Hyde.
I began to be tortured with throes and longings. I once again compounded and swallowed the transforming draught. I was conscious. Hyde youth. neither had I. however. when a drunkard reasons with himself upon his vice. For two months. as of Hyde struggling after freedom.The Strange Case of Dr. he is once out of five hundred times affected by the dangers that he runs through his brutish. physical insensibility. My devil had been long caged. nor destroyed the clothes of Edward Hyde. that I had enjoyed in the disguise of Hyde. long as I had considered my position. the light step. But time began at last to obliterate the freshness of my alarm. in an hour of moral weakness. I was true to my determination. the praises of conscience began to grow into a thing of course. I made this choice perhaps with some unconscious reservation. made enough allowance for the complete moral insensibility and insensate readiness to evil. leaping impulses and secret pleasures. which were the leading characters of Edward Hyde. 105 of 118 . I do not suppose that. Yet it was by these that I was punished. and at last. which still lay ready in my cabinet. and enjoyed the compensations of an approving conscience. for two months I led a life of such severity as I had never before attained to. he came out roaring. for I neither gave up the house in Soho. Jekyll and Mr.
at once glorying and trembling. thence I set out through the lamplit streets. and fled from the scene of these excesses. Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged. With a transport of glee. at least. tasting delight from every blow. I mauled the unresisting body.The Strange Case of Dr. that stirred in my soul that tempest of impatience with which I listened to the civilities of my unhappy victim. Jekyll and Mr. no man morally sane could have been guilty of that crime upon so pitiful a provocation. that I was suddenly. gloating on my crime. before God. I suppose. It must have been this. and (to make assurance doubly sure) destroyed my papers. struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror. 106 of 118 . I declare. was to fall. and in my case. I saw my life to be forfeit. however slightly. in the top fit of my delirium. But I had voluntarily stripped myself of all those balancing instincts by which even the worst of us continues to walk with some degree of steadiness among temptations. in the same divided ecstasy of mind. my love of life screwed to the topmost peg. Hyde even when I took the draught. to be tempted. and that I struck in no more reasonable spirit than that in which a sick child may break a plaything. and it was not till weariness had begun to succeed. I ran to the house in Soho. my lust of evil gratified and stimulated. a more furious propensity to ill. A mist dispersed. of a more unbridled.
As the acuteness of this remorse began to die away. it was succeeded by a sense of joy. and still. The pangs of transformation had not done tearing him. between the petitions. I embraced anew the restrictions of 107 of 118 . and through the selfdenying toils of my professional life. at the damned horrors of the evening. The veil of selfindulgence was rent from head to foot. I was now confined to the better part of my existence. Hyde was thenceforth impossible. how I rejoiced to think it! with what willing humility. the ugly face of my iniquity stared into my soul. and oh. and as he drank it. whether I would or not. with streaming tears of gratitude and remorse. I saw my life as a whole: I followed it up from the days of childhood. and yet still hastening and still hearkening in my wake for the steps of the avenger. when I had walked with my father’s hand. before Henry Jekyll. had fallen upon his knees and lifted his clasped hands to God. I could have screamed aloud. The problem of my conduct was solved.The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde had a song upon his lips as he compounded the draught. with the same sense of unreality. to arrive again and again. Hyde light-headedly devising others in the future. pledged the dead man. I sought with tears and prayers to smother down the crowd of hideous images and sounds with which my memory swarmed against me.
I laboured to relieve suffering.The Strange Case of Dr. that the guilt of Hyde was patent to the world. and ground the key under my heel! The next day. and I can say with honesty that my resolve was fruitful of some good. and the hands of all men would be raised to take and slay him. it had been a tragic folly. It was not only a crime. let but Hyde peep out an instant. I locked the door by which I had so often gone and come. but I was still cursed with my duality of purpose. and that the days passed quietly. Not that I dreamed of resuscitating 108 of 118 . came the news that the murder had been overlooked. the lower side of me. Jekyll was now my city of refuge. and that the victim was a man high in public estimation. I think I was glad to know it. almost happily for myself. I think I was glad to have my better impulses thus buttressed and guarded by the terrors of the scaffold. Nor can I truly say that I wearied of this beneficent and innocent life. I resolved in my future conduct to redeem the past. so long indulged. Jekyll and Mr. and as the first edge of my penitence wore off. began to growl for licence. Hyde natural life! with what sincere renunciation. I think instead that I daily enjoyed it more completely. so recently chained down. you know that much was done for others. You know yourself how earnestly in the last months of last year.
the most capacious measure is filled at last. that I was once more tempted to trifle with my conscience. like a return to the old days before I had made discovery. a contempt of 109 of 118 . Hyde Hyde. and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul. I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thoughts. the spiritual side a little. comparing my active goodwill with the lazy cruelty of their neglect. And yet I was not alarmed. clear. There comes an end to all things. drowsed. comparing myself with other men. After all. the bare idea of that would startle me to frenzy: no. January day. but not yet moved to begin.The Strange Case of Dr. wet under foot where the frost had melted. a qualm came over me. promising subsequent penitence. and the Regent’s Park was full of winter chirrupings and sweet with spring odours. that I at last fell before the assaults of temptation. the animal within me licking the chops of memory. Jekyll and Mr. I was like my neighbours. the fall seemed natural. and it was as an ordinary secret sinner. but cloudless overhead. I sat in the sun on a bench. It was a fine. and then as in its turn the faintness subsided. a horrid nausea and the most deadly shuddering. it was in my own person. And at the very moment of that vain-glorious thought. and left me faint. and then I smiled. I reflected. These passed away. a greater boldness.
hunted. my faculties seemed sharpened to a point and my spirits more tensely elastic. houseless. My reason wavered. I was once more Edward Hyde. and thought of Lanyon. Hyde rose to the importance of the moment. thus it came about that. My drugs were in one of the presses of my cabinet. wealthy. where Jekyll perhaps might have succumbed. an unknown and displeasing visitor. How was he to be reached? how persuaded? Supposing that I escaped capture in the streets. I have more than once observed that. prevail on the famous physician to rifle the study 110 of 118 . beloved — the cloth laying for me in the dining-room at home.The Strange Case of Dr. I saw I must employ another hand. and now I was the common quarry of mankind. my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs. how was I to reach them? That was the problem that (crushing my temples in my hands) I set myself to solve. in my second character. If I sought to enter by the house. Jekyll and Mr. my own servants would consign me to the gallows. but it did not fail me utterly. thrall to the gallows. a known murderer. The laboratory door I had closed. I looked down. the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. how was I to make my way into his presence? and how should I. A moment before I had been safe of all men’s respect. a solution of the bonds of obligation. Hyde danger.
and once I had conceived that kindling spark. drove to an hotel in Portland Street. and the smile withered from his face — happily for him — yet more happily for myself. led me to a private room. At my appearance (which was indeed comical enough. strung to the pitch of murder. I gnashed my teeth upon him with a gust of devilish fury. I arranged my clothes as best I could. of his colleague. Dr. mastered his fury with a great effort of the will. lusting to inflict pain. one to Lanyon and one to Poole. Hyde in danger of his life was a creature new to me. Download the free trial version. for in another instant I had certainly dragged him from his perch. At the inn. but obsequiously took my orders. shaken with inordinate anger. Yet the creature was astute. view. Thereupon. and summoning a passing hansom. however tragic a fate these garments covered) the driver could not conceal his mirth. the name of which I chanced to remember. Hyde Create. 111 of 118 . Jekyll? Then I remembered that of my original character. the way that I must follow became lighted up from end to end. as I entered. not a look did they exchange in my presence. composed his two important letters. one part remained to me: I could write my own hand. Jekyll and Mr. I looked about me with so black a countenance as made the attendants tremble. and edit PDF.eBook brought to you by The Strange Case of Dr. and brought me wherewithal to write.
And when at last. He walked fast. the waiter visibly quailing before his eye. When I came to myself at Lanyon’s. gnawing his nails. and she fled. these two base passions raged within him like a tempest. he discharged the cab and ventured on foot. he set forth in the corner of a closed cab. thinking the driver had begun to grow suspicious. an object marked out for observation. I say — I cannot say. hunted by his fears. counting the minutes that still divided him from midnight. I. sitting alone with his fears. nothing lived in him but fear and hatred.The Strange Case of Dr. He. when the night was fully come. Jekyll and Mr. Thenceforward. Once a woman spoke to him. chattering to himself. the horror of my old friend perhaps affected me somewhat: I do not know. Hyde and that he might receive actual evidence of their being posted. He smote her in the face. and was driven to and fro about the streets of the city. attired in his misfitting clothes. and thence. skulking through the lessfrequented thoroughfares. into the midst of the nocturnal passengers. That child of Hell had nothing human. there he dined. sent them out with directions that they should be registered. he sat all day over the fire in the private room. I think. it was at least but a drop in the sea to the abhorrence with 112 of 118 . a box of lights. offering.
The Strange Case of Dr. and I had not of course forgotten the appalling dangers of the day before. as I sat looking sadly in the fire. the pangs returned. it was the horror of being Hyde that racked me. drinking the chill of the air with pleasure. I slept after the prostration of the day. 113 of 118 . but refreshed. when I was seized again with those indescribable sensations that heralded the change. and the drug had to be re-administered. Hyde which I looked back upon these hours. with a stringent and profound slumber which not even the nightmares that wrung me could avail to break. It was no longer the fear of the gallows. it was partly in a dream that I came home to my own house and got into bed. I still hated and feared the thought of the brute that slept within me. I awoke in the morning shaken. I received Lanyon’s condemnation partly in a dream. A change had come over me. weakened. Jekyll and Mr. and I had but the time to gain the shelter of my cabinet. in my own house and close to my drugs. before I was once again raging and freezing with the passions of Hyde. It took on this occasion a double dose to recall me to myself. but I was once more at home. In short. and alas! Six hours after. I was stepping leisurely across the court after breakfast. and gratitude for my escape shone so strong in my soul that it almost rivalled the brightness of hope.
even beyond what I had thought possible to man. that I was able to wear the countenance of Jekyll. and only under the immediate stimulation of the drug. or when the virtue of the medicine wore off. And certainly the hate that now divided them was equal on each side. With Jekyll. Hyde from that day forth it seemed only by a great effort as of gymnastics. I would leap almost without transition (for the pangs of transformation grew daily less marked) into the possession of a fancy brimming with images of terror. above all. a creature eaten up and emptied by fever.The Strange Case of Dr. in my own person. or even dozed for a moment in my chair. Jekyll and Mr. and a body that seemed not strong enough to contain the raging energies of life. At all hours of the day and night. I became. I would be taken with the premonitory shudder. But when I slept. languidly weak both in body and mind. it was always as Hyde that I awakened. a soul boiling with causeless hatreds. The powers of Hyde seemed to have grown with the sickliness of Jekyll. and solely occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self. He had now seen the full deformity of that creature that shared with him some of the phenomena of 114 of 118 . ay. Under the strain of this continuallyimpending doom and by the sleeplessness to which I now condemned myself. if I slept. it was a thing of vital instinct.
for all his energy of life. and indeed. he would long ago have 115 of 118 . should usurp the offices of life. Jekyll and Mr. he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll was now fallen. prevailed against him and deposed him out of life. where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born. scrawling in my own hand blasphemies on the pages of my books. and he resented the dislike with which he was himself regarded. and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person. but he loathed the necessity. as of something not only hellish but inorganic. which in themselves made the most poignant part of his distress. His tenor of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide. The hatred of Hyde for Jekyll. This was the shocking thing. And this again. and was co-heir with him to death: and beyond these links of community. that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices.The Strange Case of Dr. that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife. burning the letters and destroying the portrait of my father. was of a different order. he thought of Hyde. that what was dead. and had no shape. Hyde consciousness. lay caged in his flesh. Hence the ape-like tricks that he would play me. closer than an eye. that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned. and at every hour of weakness. had it not been for his fear of death. and in the confidence of slumber.
not the second. and my punishment might have gone on for years. and when I know how he fears my power to cut him off by suicide. I find it in my heart to pity him. and yet even to these. 116 of 118 . the ebullition followed.The Strange Case of Dr. I drank it and it was without efficiency. but for the last calamity which has now fallen. it was in vain. a certain acquiescence of despair. when I recall the abjection and passion of this attachment. to prolong this description. habit brought — no. and mixed the draught. Jekyll and Mr. let that suffice. which had never been renewed since the date of the first experiment. and which has finally severed me from my own face and nature. I sent out for a fresh supply. My provision of the salt. and that it was that unknown impurity which lent efficacy to the draught. began to run low. and I am now persuaded that my first supply was impure. and the time awfully fails me. It is useless. no one has ever suffered such torments. who sicken and freeze at the mere thought of him. and the first change of colour. But his love of life is wonderful. I go further: I. Hyde ruined himself in order to involve me in the ruin. not alleviation — but a certain callousness of soul. You will learn from Poole how I have had London ransacked.
it has been by a combination of great prudence and great good luck. his wonderful selfishness and Circumscription to the moment will probably save it once again from the action of his ape-like spite. or continue.The Strange Case of Dr. And indeed the doom that is closing on us both. Hyde About a week has passed. but if some time shall have elapsed after I have laid it by. as I lay 117 of 118 . that Henry Jekyll can think his own thoughts or see his own face (now how sadly altered!) in the glass. short of a miracle. and I am now finishing this statement under the influence of the last of the old powders. I am careless. has already changed and crushed him. Should the throes of change take me in the act of writing it. for if my narrative has hitherto escaped destruction. Hyde will tear it in pieces. when I shall again and for ever re-indue that hated personality. Here then. then. Will Hyde die upon the scaffold? or will he find courage to release himself at the last moment? God knows. This. to pace up and down this room (my last earthly refuge) and give ear to every sound of menace. is the last time. and what is to follow concerns another than myself. with the most strained and fear-struck ecstasy of listening. I know how I shall sit shuddering and weeping in my chair. Jekyll and Mr. Nor must I delay too long to bring my writing to an end. this is my true hour of death. Half an hour from now.
118 of 118 . I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end. Jekyll and Mr.The Strange Case of Dr. Hyde down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession.