How does Mr. Enfield describe Mr. Hyde in the first chapter of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?  

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In the frightening gothic novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the author first introduces the evil Mr. Hyde indirectly while two characters named Mr. Utterson and Mr. Richard Enfield are out for a walk. As they pass "a certain sinister block of building," Enfield recalls an incident he witnessed at "about three o'clock of a black winter morning." Stevenson chooses to introduce Mr. Hyde, the dark alter-ego of Dr. Jekyll, in this indirect way, first through a description of a horrific deed that Hyde perpetrates, and then by a description of Mr. Hyde himself.

What Mr. Hyde does tells more about his character than what he looks like. According to Enfield, Hyde and a girl of about 10 were moving swiftly towards a corner from opposite directions, and they inevitably ran into each other. Instead of stopping, Hyde "trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground." Enfield grabbed Hyde and brought him back to the crowd that was...

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