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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Chapter 1 Summary
We’re introduced to Mr. Utterson who, despite being rather dry and boring, is a good friend and good-natured man. We’re introduced to his friend and relative, Mr. Enfield. The two of them take long, slightly mysterious walks every Sunday. One Sunday they walk past a door, which prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a story. Naturally. Mr. Enfield’s story goes like this: Early in the morning, he sees a man trample over a little girl. Mr. Enfield corners the man. The man is evil-looking and deformed. The entire crowd wants to kill the man, who responds with something along the lines of "I’ll give you lots of money if you don’t kill me." He disappears inside and emerges with a "cheque" for almost a hundred pounds, drawn from the bank account of a well-respected man. The check is genuine. Mr. Enfield speculates that the evil man is blackmailing the well-respected man. Mr. Enfield says that he calls the place with the door "Black Mail House." The two men then speculate about the door, and Mr. Enfield finally says that his policy on odd events is not to ask any questions of any kind. Mr. Utterson has no such policy; he asks Mr. Enfield for the name of the man who trampled the child. It is Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson then declares that he knows the name of the well-respected man. This whole story hits home for him.
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