The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde (Chapter 5)

 Contains: The Incident of The Letter (Or where Utterson learns Jekyll is full of shit)

Picking up from the last chapter, Utterson decides that enough is enough and visits Jekyll. We get about a page of description of Jekyll’s laboratory, but all you really need to know about it is that it belonged to a surgeon and it’s dingy and windowless. 

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   And probably not half as interesting as this

Jekyll is sitting near the fireplace in the labratory, and he looks sick, which we know because of his “cold hand” and “changed voice.” Utterson asks him if he has heard the news. 

“And now,” said Mr.Utterson, as soon as Poole had left them, “you have heard the news?”

The doctor shuddered. “They were crying it in the square,” he said “I heard them in my dining-room.”

“One word,” said the lawyer. “Carew was my client, but so are you, and I want to know what I am doing. You have not been mad enough to hide this fellow?”

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   Er…No?

“Utterson, I swear to God,” cried the doctor, “I swear to god I will never set eyes on him again. I will bind my honour with you that I am done with him in this world. It is all at an end. And Indeed he does not want my help; you do not know him as I do; he is safe, he is quite safe; mark my words he will never be more heard of.”

Now, to Jekyll’s credit, he does actually sound remorseful for what happened and seems to want to hold to to his promise…but I have 200+ pages of this book left, so fuck that shit. Baby Stompin’ time will commence again. 

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   It’s only a matter of time

Jekyll swears again that he’s done with Hyde and that really, he won’t be a bother again, no trouble at at all, then asks advice about a letter from…himself? 

“The letter was written in an odd, upright hand and signed “Edward Hyde”: and it signified, briefly enough, that the writer’s benefactor, Dr.Jekyll, whom he had so unworthily repaid for a thousand generosities, need labour no alarm for his safety, as he had means of escape on which he placed a sure dependence.”

…Okay. So I’m assuming that Hyde, sometime shortly after killing Carew, wrote a letter to Jekyll so he would not worry? I’m not sure whether to qualify that as considerate or narcissistic.

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      Maybe both?

I’m also quite intrigued by what Hyde’s “means of escape” just are. It’s the 1800s, so there’s not much available. Unless horse-and-buggies are much faster than historical films suggests, Hyde has something else up his sleeve. 

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          Hopefully, it’s not a knife

There’s some more talk afterwards. Utterson likes the letter for it paints Jekyll in a better light. He also asks whether Jekyll still has the envelope, but Jekyll claims to have “burned it”, but it doesn’t matter, because it had no postmark anyway. Utterson keeps the letter to think it over, and tells Jekyll that he is lucky because Hyde could’ve meant to murder him.  Finally, Utterson runs into the servant, Poole, on the way out and inquires what the messenger of the letter looked like, but the call was coming from inside the house, there were no messengers that day. 

Utterson decides to talk to a man named Mr.Guest, which is probably one of the blandest names I’ve heard in fiction, because he is “a great student and critic of handwriting”. The two briefly talk about Sir Danvers death, and Utterson brings up the letter. 

“I have a document here in his handwriting; it is between ourselves, for I scarce know what to do about it; it is an ugly business at the best. But there it is; quite in your way; a murderer’s autograph.”

A servant enters with a note and then…

“Is that from Dr.Jekyll sir?” inquired the clerk. “I thought I knew the writing. Anything private, Mr. Utterson?” 

“Only an invitation to dinner. Why? Do you want to see it?” 

Mr.Guest agrees and compares them. Utterson asks why

“Well, sir,” returned the clerk, “there’s a rather singular resemblance; the two hands are in many points identical; only differently sloped.” 

“Rather quaint,” says Utterson. 

“It is, as you say, rather quaint,” returned Guest.

“I wouldn’t speak of this note, you know,” said the master. 

“No sir,” said the clerk. “I understand.” 

But no sooner than was Mr.Utterson alone that night, than he locked the note into his safe, where it was reposed from that time forward. “What!” he thought. “Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!” And his blood ran cold in his veins. 

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Sources: 

First Photo- Cartoonnetwork

Second Photo,- Young-Wolf, deviantart.com

Third Photo-  boropulse.com

Fourth Photo-  Getty Images 

Fifth Photo- Shutterstock

Sixth Photo- Dramatic Chipmunk, youtube.com

 

 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Chapters 3 & 4 )

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Contains: Dr. Jekyll Was Quite At Ease (Or In Which Jekyll Buys Insurance)

and              The Carew Murder Case  (Or Why Hyde Would Make a Terrifying Old Man)

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We get our first look at Jekyll this chapter at a party he’s holding for a few close friends, and of course, Utterson is invited. Aside from telling us that this means he is at least 100 times more sociable than Hyde, we also find out what Jekyll looks like. Apparently, he is a “large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness” which makes him the Anti-Hyde in pretty much everything. It’s also noteworthy to know that there is no kind of “deformity” present in Jekyll’s face (although, to be fair, people tend to find you more attractive when they don’t catch you stomping on children). 

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Seriously, it’s a pretty big turn-off

Anyway, Utterson is here to find out more the will you know, the oh-so-mysterious one that gives Hyde control over everything. Jekyll sort of dances around the topic until Utterson brings up Hyde. Then, he “grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes” Utterson tries to get him to come clean with the promise that, whatever trouble he’s in, Utterson could get him out of it. It’s very sweet, a promise he would probably completely regret if the next chapter title is any indication, but very sweet. 

Jekyll refuses, saying that, while he is glad for the offer, it “is not as bad as that” and “the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde”, which I get is supposed to be reassuring, but just makes him sound like an addict. Yes, he can quit when he wants, he just doesn’t want to, God.

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Since they’re are no funny photos of addiction, please enjoy this pic of man with a Hitler ‘stache peeling potatoes

But, while Jekyll refuses help for his problem, he does ask Utterson to help Hyde “get his rights” if anything ever happens to him. Reluctantly, Utterson agrees.

 “I can’t pretend I shall ever like him,” said the lawyer.

“I don’t ask that,” pleaded Jekyll laying his hand upon the other’s arm; “I only ask for justice ; I only ask you to help him for my sake, when I am no longer here.”

Utterson heaved an irrepressible sigh. “Well,” said he, “I promise.”

The chapter comes to a close and we transition to the next chapter, The Carew Murder Case

I’d say more, but we all know where this chapter is headed

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Hint: it’s not here

It takes place nearly a year, at midnight on October 18th, through the perspective of a random maid. There’s no picture, so let’s just assume she looks like this

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Believe it or not, this was the least strippiffic image I could find

The maid is sitting at a window when she notices “an aged beautiful gentleman white hair, drawing near the lane: and advancing to meet him, another and very small gentleman”

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Who we will assume looks like Robert Downey Jr.

 Anyway, ABG (aged beautiful gentleman) is just minding his own business when he makes the absolutely fatal mistake of asking Hyde for directions. Enraged by this terrible offense, Hyde brings out his pimp cane and beats the man to death. 

Of course, this being a Victorian novel, the maid faints

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We should have a small moment of silence for every woman who does not get to faint in Robert Downey Jr’s arms

Sexy Maid comes to around two in the morning, where she promptly calls the police. The body is still laying in the street, and so is, curiously enough, half of the murder weapon. You really think that Hyde would’ve taken care of that in the two or so hours he had to escape. But whatever, Hyde is not particularly known for thinking things through.

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Case in point

Oh! There’s something else important about ABG, he was carrying a letter addressed to Utterson! I not sure why  Hyde felt the need to beat him to death for that, considering he just gave Utterson his address two chapters ago, you’d think that he could somewhat tolerate him. But perhaps Jekyll had finally taken up Utterson on that offer for help, or perhaps Hyde has a deep and uncontrollable hatred for envelopes, the world may never know.

Moving on, Utterson recognizes the man as Sir Danvers Carew, a man who we will probably never hear about again. He also recognizes the cane as Jekyll’s, because he was the one that gave it to him a year ago. Utterson puts two and two together and guesses that it’s Hyde and he, along with the police, visit Hyde’s address in Soho.

At Hyde’s house, an “ivory-faced and silvery-haired old woman opened the door. She had an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy:but her manners were excellent.” 

By this definition, would an acne-ridden teenager be the messenger of truth? And does the but imply that she’s okay because she has manners, or that evil people  don’t have manners?

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Because man, did no one inform this guy

Anyway, Utterson tells her their purpose and “a flash of odious joy appears on the woman’s face.” which leads them to conclude that Hyde is not a popular man even around Soho. No kidding. 

In Hyde’s apartment, they find a partially burned checkbook and half of a cane, essentially proving that Hyde did it. Hyde, however, is nowhere to be found. Since Hyde has the disguise skills of Clark Kent, and also has no family and has never been photographed, he gets away this chapter unscathed.

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Also, I’m sorry for the very long wait. I just off vacation and got immediately sick afterwards so this took me some time. As usual, be sure to read, like, or review, because every one I get is much appreciated.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -Chapter 2

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Chapter 2 -The Search for Mr.Hyde (Or in which Hyde reveals himself to be Clark Kent)

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We open to Utterson heading home in “sombre spirits” and eating dinner “without relish.” We find out that Utterson is still upset over Hyde-the-child-abuser because he skips his typical late night reading and heads straight to his business room to look at a will. Not just any will mind you, but Dr. Henry Jekyll’s will, who is not only an M.D, but also a D.C.L., L. L. D., and you know what- just picture him as the guy from House. 

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Look, he even has Hyde’s murderous stare!

Anyway, apparently Jekyll left all his belonging in his will to “friend and benefactor Edward Hyde” and should Jekyll disappear for three months “Edward Hyde should step into said Henry Jekyll’s shoes without further delay and without any burden or obligation, beyond the payment of a few small sums to the members of the doctor’s household” Which I’d normally call pretty ballsy, but since this is the man who steps over screaming children, this probably quite tame for him. 

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I’m pretty sure even this would be too tame for him.

Utterson, upset that his friend promised to give away his wordly possessions to a child stepper, decides to visit his friend Dr.Lanyon, who was also Jekyll’s friend. Utterson asks Dr.Lanyon whether he had seen Jekyll recently. Dr.Lanyon says no, he hasn’t and doesn’t want to for ” Henry Jekyll became too fanciful for me (him)” and “He began to go wrong,wrong in mind” and “such unscientific balderdash” Y’know in case you missed some of the mad scientist hints.

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Like, if you’ve been reading the wrong book.

Still, complaining about the twist would be like complaining about the ending of the Titanic, you don’t go to see how it ends, you go to see all the screaming before the end. 

Er, you know what I mean. 

Mr.Utterson heads home after that and has about a page-long dream/acid-trip about Hyde. After it’s over, Utterson decides to try to find Hyde to see his face, in the hopes that that might stop his constant thoughts. 

Then he lets loose an extremely corny joke

“If he be Mr. Hyde,” he had thought,”I shall be Mr.Seek”

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In fact, the joke was so corny, it filled this field

 

 

Moving on, Utterson tracks down Hyde in front of Jekyll’s house, and we get this exchange. 

Mr.Utterson stepped out and touched him on the shoulder as he passed. “Mr.Hyde, I think?”

Mr.Hyde shrank back with a hissing intake of his breath. But his fear was only momentary; and though he did not look he lawyer in the face, he answered coolly enough. “That is my name. What do you want?

I’m thinking a smile would’ve be nice, but Utterson asks to see his face. 

Mr.Hyde appeared to hesitate, and then, as if upon some sudden reflection, fronted about with an air of defiance;and the pair stared at each other pretty fixedly for a few seconds. “Now I shall know you again.” said Mr. Utterson. “It may be useful.” 

Despite knowing his friend for years and years, Utterson does not at all recognize him in front of him. Meaning that Utterson either has the memory of a goldfish or Hyde is secretly Clark Kent. 

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Or alternatively, Superman is Hyde

Hyde then gives him his address in Soho which, according to my footnotes, was a shabby red-light district. I’m just saying, if I could either live in my alternative self’s mansion or a shack, I’d choose the mansion.But hey, that’s just me.

Hyde wants to know how Utterson knows him.

And nowsaid the other, “how did you know me?”

“By description,”was the reply

“Whose description?”

We have common friends,” said Mr.Utterson.

“Common friends?”echoed Mr. Hyde a little hoarsely. “Who are they?” 

Utterson says Jekyll, and Hyde seems a bit upset that Jekyll never told Utterson about himself, because he says “He never told you.” with “a flush of anger”. Which seems a little strange, wouldn’t that mean you’re angry at yourself about not telling about yourself?

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            “Fuck you, man. I hate your guts!”

Hyde then snarls aloud, lets out a “savage laugh”, and then disappears into the house.

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With the maniacal laughter out of the way , all Hyde needs is a mustache to be a true supervillain.

Utterson decides after the encounter that he finds something distrubing in Hyde’s face, although he can’t quite name what. He also finds out that Hyde has a key to Jekyll’s house and comes and goes as he pleases. He figures from this that Hyde must be blackmailing Jekyll, and resolves to blackmail the blackmailer. 

That’s the end of the chapter. I’ll probably combine the next chapter with Chapter 4 – The Carew Murder Case – because it is so short. Be sure to leave a comment if you’re reading, It’d be much appreciated. Other than, enjoy your summer. Relax. Read more of my blog. Because if you don’t…

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Well, would you like to fuck with Superman?

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Chapter One

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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So there’s this GIANT ass introduction section to give you background info on the book, but we’ll skip that because I am too lazy  because I don’t think it is relevant to our story. So we’ll just start with Chapter One with Mr. Utterson.

Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of 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 loveable.

So he’s either the average lawyer or Severus Snape.

There’s currently no pictures of Lawyer!Snape, so please enjoy this picture of Snape on a Segway

He, quite sadly, is not Severus Snape. He’s actually a lot more cheerful than Snape with a “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 quaintly: “I let my brother go to the Devil in his own way.” In his character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence on the lives on downgoing men”

Dumbledore then?

 

But enough about Mr. Utterson. He and his friend, Mr. Richard Enfield, are on a Sunday walk one day when they come across an abandoned-looking, two story house with no windows looming on the street. Being that he never remembered signing up to star in a horror movie, Mr. Utterson asks his friend what he thought of it to which he replies

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….my lay way through town where there was literally nothing to be seen but lamps. Street after street, and all the folks asleep – all lighted up as if for a procession and all as empty as a church- till at last I got into the state of mind where a man listens and listens and began to long for the sight of a policeman. All at once, I saw two figures:one a little man who was stomping 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 each other naturally enough at the corner; for the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground.

Well, readers, any guesses?

Is it Snape?

This looks child-abusey enough

Someone else who also hates children(but not Snape)?.

You know, probably

Someone else?

Like this mom who gave her child this book?

Like her mom for giving her this book?

I’m kidding of course. It’s probably Hyde. Hello Hyde!

"Dude, I told you. First we steal candy, then kick puppies, then trample children! God, don't you know anything?!

“Dude, I told you. First we steal candy, then kick puppies, then trample children! God, don’t you know anything?!”

Enfield was, naturally, pissed at this, as was the child’s family.

“Wha-but I thought children enjoyed being stepped on?! And why is my right hand so comically larger than the left?!”

Mr. Hyde is unsympathetic but, as the crowd threatens to ruin his reputation, he eventually bends.

If you choose to make a capital out of this accident,” said he, “I am naturally helpless. No gentleman but wishes to avoid a scene,” says he “Name your figure.

Enfield doesn’t say what name is on the check, only that it’s “A name very well-known and often printed” (*hint  hint*)

Despite Enfield’s suspicions, the check turns out to be genuine. Mr.Hyde even goes to check in with them himself (although not without sneering and being a general asshole about it)

This. This is what I imagine Hyde to look like all the time

Tut-Tut,”said Mr. Utterson

I see you feel as I do,’ said Mr. Enfield. “Yes, it’s a bad story. For my man was a fellow that nobody could have to do with, a really damnable man; and the person that drew the cheque is the very pink of the properties , and (what makes it worse) one of the fellows who do what they call good. Black mail I suppose; an honest man paying through the nose for some of the capers of his youth. Black Mail House is what I call the place with door , in consequence. Though even that, you know, is far from explaining much at all,” he added, and with the words fell into a vein of musing.”

Mr. Utterson is not done though.

And you don’t know if the drawer of the check lives there?’

A likely place, isn’t it? Returned Mr. Enfield. “But I happened to have noticed his address; he lives in some square or another.”

And you never asked about the-place with the door?” said Mr.Utterson

No sir: I had a delicacy,” was the reply “I feel strongly about putting questions;It partakes too much the style of the day of judgement…..No sir, I make it a rule of mine: the more It looks like Queer Street, the less I ask,”

Don’t ask, don’t tell

Unfortunately, Queer Street is just supposed to mean *Imaginary street where people with difficulties are supposed to resideSeverely bumming me out.

But back to Utterson

Enfield,” said Mr. Utterson, “That’s a good rule of yours,”

Yes, I think it is,” returned Enfield

But for all that,” continued the lawyer “there’s one point I want to ask: I want to know the name of that man who walked over the child.

ell,” said Mr. Enfield, “I can’t see what harm it will do. It was a man of the name of Hyde.

Called it!

Mr. Enfield then goes on to describe Hyde. H’s apparently an “extraordinary looking man” but he can’t “name nothing out of the way.” He also has a “strong feeling of deformity” So I’m just going to pretend he just looks really creepy like this 

or this

or this

Which is perhaps the most frightening one of all

Okay, Okay, I’ll lay off the Twilight Jokes.

But Utterson might know him, as he continues to question Enfield about the man

You are sure that used a key?” he inquired at last.

My dear sir…” began Enfield, surprised out of himself.

Yes I know,” said Utterson; “I know it must seem strange . The fact is, if I don’t ask you the name of the other party, it is because I know it already. You see, Richard, your tale has called home. If you had been inexact at any point, you had better correct it.”

Mr. Enfield says that no, he had a key, and even him use it not a week ago. They then agree to drop the topic and never bring it up again.

with all my heart,” says the lawyer. “ I shake hands on that, Richard.”

.and that’s the end of chapter one. Only ten pages in and we already have screaming children. What will Hyde do next? Drop a bag of kittens in boiling water, steal from blind orphans?

“Finally kick that puppy like the good Commander commands?”

We’ll see! Tune in next while I try to sound like a Tv announcer because I don’t know how to close this review. Bye! Sleep tight!

And don’t let the Commander get you

First Post

So I randomly decided that I wanted to review books today. Since this is my first time, be gentle but give me all the advice or criticism you can. Up first is The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde