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In "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," what two pieces of information does...

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ealsamara | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted May 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM via web

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In "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," what two pieces of information does Utterson learn about Hyde's letter to Jekyll? 

What do you predict that Utterson will do to help his old friend, who he suspects is in serious trouble? 

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM (Answer #1)

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In the short chapter titled "Incident of the Letter" Mr. Utterson learns that Dr. Jekyll's nemesis has promised in writing to disappear forever and that he will avoid capture by the police, which will make it impossible for Dr. Jekyll's name to get involved in any way with the Carew murder. Later when Utterson's head clerk Mr. Guest compares Hyde's letter with a letter written by Dr. Jekyll, Utterson is told that both letters were written by the same man.

"What!" he thought. "Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer!" And his blood ran cold in his veins.

The chapter ends here. It is not at all clear what Mr. Utterson intends to do to help his old friend. The reader is one step ahead of Utterson. The reader is beginning to realize that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same person. Jekyll sincerely believes that he can rid himself forever of Mr. Hyde simply by refraining from using the chemical mixture--but he doesn't realize that it is already too late for that. Instead of getting rid of Mr. Hyde, Mr. Hyde may get rid of him.

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