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)
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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 now, said the other, “how did you know me?”
“By description,”was the reply.
“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?
Hyde then snarls aloud, lets out a “savage laugh”, and then disappears into the house.
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…