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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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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