Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
How we cite our quotes:
The lawyer put it in his pocket. "I would say nothing of this paper. If your master has fled or is dead, we may at least save his credit." (8.97)
Mr. Utterson is concerned with saving his friend’s reputation.
"Dear Lanyon, –You are one of my oldest friends; and although we may have differed at times on scientific questions, I cannot remember, at least on my side, any break in our affection. There was never a day when, if you had said to me, `Jekyll, my life, my honour, my reason, depend upon you,' I would not have sacrificed my left hand to help you. Lanyon my life, my honour, my reason, are all at your mercy; if you fail me to-night, I am lost. You might suppose, after this preface, that I am going to ask you for something dishonourable to grant. Judge for yourself." (9.3)
Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll actually have a strong friendship – or at least Dr. Jekyll thinks so.
Upon the reading of this letter, I made sure my colleague was insane; but till that was proved beyond the possibility of doubt, I felt bound to do as he requested. The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance; and an appeal so worded could not be set aside without a grave responsibility. (9.10)
Dr. Lanyon complies with the letter’s requests more out of curiosity than out of loyalty to his friend.