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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Religion Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

"O my poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan's signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend." (2.37)

Mr. Hyde is repeatedly compared to Satan, demonstrating that he is indeed the embodiment of all evil.

Quote #5

And the lawyer set out homeward with a very heavy heart. "Poor Harry Jekyll," he thought, "my mind misgives me he is in deep waters! He was wild when he was young; a long while ago to be sure; but in the law of God, there is no statute of limitations. Ay, it must be that; the ghost of some old sin, the cancer of some concealed disgrace: punishment coming, PEDE CLAUDO, years after memory has forgotten and self-love condoned the fault." (2.50)

It is particularly interesting that Mr. Utterson mentions that "the law of God" has no statute of limitations. We’re not entirely sure what that means – are these just random thoughts? Does Mr. Utterson adhere to this law of God?

Quote #6

He came out of his seclusion, renewed relations with his friends, became once more their familiar guest and entertainer; and whilst he had always been, known for charities, he was now no less distinguished for religion. He was busy, he was much in the open air, he did good; his face seemed to open and brighten, as if with an inward consciousness of service (6.1)

Dr. Jekyll’s good works involve religious service.