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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , novella by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson , published in The names of Dr. Hyde , the two alter egos of the main character, have become shorthand for the exhibition of wildly contradictory behaviour, especially between private and public selves. The tale—told largely from the perspective of Mr. Gabriel John Utterson, a London lawyer and friend of Dr.
On their weekly walk, an eminently sensible, trustworthy lawyer named Mr. Utterson listens as his friend Enfield tells a gruesome tale of assault. The tale describes a sinister figure named Mr. Hyde who tramples a young girl, disappears into a door on the street, and reemerges to pay off her relatives with a check signed by a respectable gentleman. Since both Utterson and Enfield disapprove of gossip, they agree to speak no further of the matter. Jekyll, has written a will transferring all of his property to this same Mr.
The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good , but sometimes shockingly evil. Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how human personalities can affect how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story. While still a teenager, he developed a script for a play about Deacon Brodie , which he later reworked with the help of W. Henley and which was produced for the first time in In the small hours of one morning,[ Thinking he had a nightmare, I awakened him. He said angrily: "Why did you wake me?
This set unites our two editions of this famous novella for the ultimate reading experience. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is inspired by the kind character of Dr. Pure, clean, strapped in white covers with silver page edges, it represents the essence of a good man. Black paper strapped in black covers, it represents the essence of a troubled man.