The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Summary of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" written by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Mr. Utterson is a lawyer. The best friend of Mr Utterson is Mr Enfield, his cousin. Once, as they were walking along the streets, Enfiels told him a strange story. He was going home at three o’clock in the morning when he suddenly saw two persons. The first was a little girl who was running as fast as she could and the second was a person who was just walking. But then the two bumped into each other and the child fell down. Then a terrible thing happened: the man just walked over the little girl. Enfield saw it and ran after the man. Meanwhile, the doctor and the family of the child were come. They wanted that the man gave them money for not telling that story to everyone. So the man went home for money. He had a cheque with him and the name on it was a well-known one, known for his kindness and goodness. But the stranger told them that his name was Hyde. Enfield didn’t trust that and so they went together to the bank for the money. And the man got the money, so something was wrong. As said before, Mr. Utterson was a lawyer, and Dr Jekyll is a client of him. And he had given his well to Mr Utterson with the following text : When I die or disappear for more than 3 months, I wish to let everything I own to my dear friend Edward Hyde.


A year later, another strange thing happened. It was midnight and there was a servant girl who could not sleep. She was sitting at her bedroom window and looking outside. She saw two man walking along the street. She recognised one of them, it was Mr Hyde. Suddenly, Hyde seemed to explode with anger. He hit the other man violently with the stick he was carrying. He knocked him to the ground. He beat him again and again. Until he strikes dead.


Mr. Utterson give this matter his interest, so it is natural for him to go along with a police inspector, to Mr Hyde’s place. There they find the other half of the stick. The murder had left the first part of the stick at the crime scene. They also found a half-burnt cheque book of Mr Hyde. So they were sure now Hyde was the murderer. A few days later Utterson went to Dr Jekyll to pay him a visit. But he did not looked healthy. Jekyll told him that he would never see Hyde again. He also told him that Hyde had planned to murder him. Jekyll had received a letter from Hyde. This letter was given to Mr. Utterson by Jekyll, he wanted him to handle the letter and its contents.


Another few months passed. One day Mr. Utterson met a friend of his, Dr Lanyon, who was also a great friend of Dr Jekyll. Dr Lanyon was very ill and died after a few weeks. But he did manage to tell Utterson that he was done with Dr Jekyll for good before he passed away. But he never told him why he broke their friendship. In a letter from Dr Lanyon to Mr. Utterson, which were given to Utterson after Dr Lanyon`s death, there was an envelope with the words: "Not to be opened until the death or disappearance of Dr Jekyll." That were the same words as in the will of Dr Jekyll.


And time passed. Utterson was trying hard to reach Dr Jekyll and give him a visit, but Jekyll always refused. One day a friend of Mr. Utterson comes to him. His name is Poole and he is the butler for Dr Jekyll. He claims that there is something wrong with Dr Jekyll and wants Utterson to come along with him to the cabinet where Dr Jekyll had looked himself up. And after letting Mr Utterson hearing the voice from the cabinet and telling him all the things that seemed to be wrong, they both could swore that it wasn’t Dr Jekyll in the cabinet, but Mr. Hyde. The person who was a murderer and wanted by the police! And maybe he also had murdered Jekyll because of the money. Mr. Utterson and Poole broke down the door. But it was already to late. There was lying a body in the middle of the room, it was the dead body of Mr Hyde lying. He had killed himself by taking a deadly poison. Utterson found a packet with letters, addressed to himself from Dr Jekyll, in the cabinet. And the letter told Mr Utterson that he could no consider Dr Jekyll as dead or disappeared, and he could then for than reason go home and read the letter he previously had got from Dr Lanyon. And he did it so.


That letter is the most important of the hole book. Dr Lanyon tells in the letter that he had received a letter from Dr Jekyll. In this letter Dr Jekyll tells him that he has to go to his laboratory and take a book, a small bottle and chemical powders. He had to take everything back home and at midnight a man would come and visit him. Dr Jekyll asked him to please give that man everything he had brought from the laboratory. And it did come a man, it was Mr Hyde. Dr Lanyon didn’t know that this man was Mr Hyde, so he had no difficulties in letting him inside. He came in and wanted the medicine glass badly. He took the chemical powders, the bottle and put it all together. Than he drank it all. His whole body began to shook and shiver. He was breathing fast through his open mouth. And then his hole body began to change. He became taller, fatter. Suddenly it was all over. But he was changed into a complete different figure. In front of him stood Dr Henry Jekyll! Mr Hyde had managed to transform into Dr Jekyll.


Then Utterson read the confession of Dr Jekyll. He told him that he had bin miserable all his life, because everyone saw him as a serious, kind and good man. But he was really not this kind of a person. So he wanted to create a liquid for making himself that other person inside him. And it worked. But not as well as he had planned. After a year or so he had to take double doses and sometimes, when he woke up, he was suddenly Mr Hyde. He had not consider the possibilities that the evil person inside of him could dominate over the good person.


And one day, when he was walking in the park, as Dr Jekyll, he suddenly became Mr Hyde. So after that, he looked himself up in the laboratory, because Mr Hyde was wanted by the police. He always became Mr Hyde, without taking a dose of his liquid. But he didn’t want to be Mr Hyde all the time so he had to take doses more often, and he later needed stronger doses to go back to his true figure, Dr Jekyll. And he felt that Mr. Hyde was taking control over his body. And for that reason he decided to kill himself by drinking poison when Mr Utterson and Poole broke in to the laboratory. And that was the end of Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll.

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