Book Name: The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Author: Robert Stevenson

In Chapter 1, Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield set off for their usual Sunday stroll in the park. These two men are distant relatives and have little in common. On this particular walk, Enfield recalls an incident he experienced the other night. That night he had met a man who had trampled on a young girl. A crowd quickly formed and they demanded that the man pay the girl compensation for her injuries. The man agreed and entered the warehouse, then returned with £ 10 in coins and a check for £ 90 signed by a well-known London scientist. This deformed man is revealed to be named Mr. Hyde.


  In Chapter 2, Mr. Utterson returns home and examines the will of a friend named Dr. Jekyll. In this will, Dr. Jekyll asks Utters to donate his assets to a man named Mr. Hyde if Jekyll dies or goes missing. Confused about Jekyll's relationship with Mr. Hyde, Utterson goes to Dr. Lanyon to find out. However, he learns that Lanyon and Jekyll have not spoken due to Jekyll's research. That night Utterson has a nightmare where he sees Mr. Hyde crush a child, and then the next moment he is in Jekyll's bed telling him to get up. This motivates Utterson to stake out the building where Enfield saw the girl get run over in hopes of meeting Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson sees Mr. Hyde and asks to see his face. When Mr. Hyde runs, Utterson is horrified. At the end of the conversation, Mr. Hyde gives Utterson his home address. This implies that Hyde believes that Jekyll will die soon, because after his death Mr. Utterson will need to have Hyde's address to transfer Jekyll's assets. Later, Mr. Utterson visits Dr. Jekyll's home. We learn that Utterson knew that the warehouse was actually Jekyll's laboratory. Next, Utterson meets Mr. Poole, who is Jekyll's butler. The butler tells Utterson that Mr. Hyde has a key to the lab and that the servants have been assigned to follow Mr. Hyde's orders. Utterson believes this is proof that Dr. Jekyll is being blackmailed by Mr. Hyde.


  In Chapter 3, Jekyll throws a party and Utterson stays late to talk to him. Utterson says he learned of Mr. Hyde's existence, which surprises Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll makes Utterson promise that he will apply his will.


  In Chapter 4, which is about a year later, it's early in the morning when a maid sees a man beating to death. She identifies the attacker as Mr. Hyde. The victim is revealed to be Sir Danvers Carew, a prominent Member of Parliament. Utterson leads the police to Hyde's address, where they find a burnt checkbook and the murder weapon. Police discover that Hyde still has an account open at the bank. They plan to stake him out and wait for Mr. Hyde to close the account, but he never shows up.


  In Chapter 5, after Sir Danvers is murdered, Utterson goes to Jekyll's lab to find out if he knows where Mr. Hyde is. Jekyll claims Mr. Hyde is gone for good. Jekyll shows Utterson a letter from Hyde claiming that he is planning to escape and that Jekyll shouldn't worry about him anymore. Utterson takes the letter and asks Jekyll who made his will. Jekyll admits it was dictated by Mr. Hyde. Utterson believes Jekyll narrowly escaped murder. Utterson takes the letter and speaks to Mr. Guest, who is an expert in writing. Mr. Guest states that the letter Jekyll said was written by Mr. Hyde in fact Jekyll's handwriting. This confuses Utterson as he doesn't understand why Jekyll would write a letter for a murderer?


  In Chapter 6, with the departure of Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll's health improves dramatically. So much so that Dr Jekyll is having a dinner party and both Utterson and Lanyon go. But a few days after the party, Utterson can no longer mysteriously join Jekyll. Utterson speaks with Jekyll's butler, and the butler says his master doesn't receive guests. So Utterson decides to visit Lanyon to find out what happened since the party. It turns out that Lanyon is mortally ill and doesn't want to talk about Jekyll. But, Lanyon tells Utterson that he will find everything after Lanyon passes away. Utterson tries to write letters to Jekyll. Jekyll replies that he is going to be completely reclusive from now on. Soon after, Lanyon dies and Utterson finds a letter addressed to him which is not to be opened until after Jekyll's death.


  In Chapter 7, Utterson and Enfield are on one of their walks when they pass Jekyll's house and accidentally see him stick his head out the window for some fresh air. Jekyll looks extremely ill, so they invite him for a walk which they think might help. However, suddenly Jekyll gets that horrified look on his face, quickly closes the window, and sinks deeper into the house. Shocked and confused, Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield leave.


  In Chapter 8, some time later, Mr. Poole calls Mr. Utterson at Jekyll's. He reports that a man is in Jekyll's lab and that it is not Jekyll. Mr. Utterson does not understand why the perpetrator sticks around after committing a crime. Mr. Poole informs Mr. Utterson that the voice sent him all over the towns in search of a specific ingredient. Utterson wonders if Jekyll has a strange illness that's changing him. The butler says the man looked like Mr. Hyde Utterson and the butler finally broke into the lab and found a dead Mr. Hyde wearing Dr. Jekyll's clothes. They also find a huge mirror that is out of place for a laboratory. Utterson finds 3 documents. The first is a New Testament which leaves Jekyll's estate to Utterson. The second is a note dated that day, which tells Utterson to go home and read Lanyon's letter. Third, there is also a sealed envelope.


  Chapter 9, is entirely a dictation of Dr Lanyon's letter. In it, Lanyon tells us that he was instructed by Dr. Jekyll to break into his lab to retrieve the ingredients and that a man would come to pick up the items at midnight. Lanyon does this and the man arrives just at midnight. The man makes a concoction, and just before drinking it, asks Dr. Lanyon if he really wants to see this. Lanyon replies that he's already so involved that he can too. With this, Hyde takes the glass, drinks it, and transforms into Dr. Jekyll.


  Chapter 10, is entirely the third object found in Jekyll's lab, the sealed envelope containing his detailed confession. In this confession, Jekyll writes about how he became obsessed with separating the two parts of a human; the good and the bad. After much research, Jekyll finally finds a potion that will do just that. The potion turns Jekyll into the worst part of him. Jekyll finds it exhilarating and liberating. Eventually, Jekyll even opened a house and a bank account for his alter ego, Mr. Hyde. However, one night, Jekyll involuntarily transformed into Mr. Hyde while he slept. This shocked and frightened Dr Jekyll, having to think about how he could definitely become Mr Hyde. He was planning on quitting the potion. However, he slipped and did it once. When he became Mr. Hyde, it was when he murdered Sir Danvers Carew. After that, Dr. Jekyll completely stopped taking the potion. It was at this point that Dr. Jekyll's health improved dramatically in Chapter 6. However, one day, Jekyll got bored and decided to dive into the dark nature that Mr. Hyde was practicing. This caused Dr. Jekyll to transform into Mr. Hyde in broad daylight. That's when he asked Lanyon to break into his lab and bring him the ingredients he needed. After he got home, he started sending Mr. Poole around town in search of the potion's special ingredient. In Dr. Jekyll's dying moments he wrote this letter.

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