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?