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What does it mean that Mr. Utterson says he inclines to Cain's heresy in his dealings...

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Posted October 22, 2011 at 4:38 AM via web

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What does it mean that Mr. Utterson says he inclines to Cain's heresy in his dealings with others?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM (Answer #1)

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On the first page of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Mr. Utterson the lawyer is quoted as saying:

"I incline to Cain's heresy. . . . I let my brother go to the devil in his own way."

In the Bible when God asks Cain where his brother Abel is, Cain answers, "Am I my brother's keeper?" This could be called heresy because God and the Church expect people to be concerned about their brother men. But Utterson is in the habit of telling people that he lets his brother men do whatever they please without being concerned or curious about them. He had very few close friends. He did, however, become concerned about Dr. Jekyll because the good doctor seemed to be under the influence of an evil-looking character called Mr. Hyde. Utterson also felt responsible because he was Jekyll's executor and his lawyer. It was for these reasons that Utterson became so deeply involved with what Stevenson calls the "case" of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, suggesting that it is a complicated legal case with complex ramifications involving such things as possible insanity, murder, suicide, extortion, false impersonation, and fraud.


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