How can Mr. Utterson be described based on the opening of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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The key word in the opening sentence of the novel, which is about Mr. Utterson, is "lovable." Other words that jump out of the first paragraph about Mr. Utterson are "human," "tolerance," and the phrase "inclined to help." We also learn that it was

frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men.

In other words, he is very decent kind of person.

We also learn that he is a bit severe. He doesn't drink much, except gin, hasn't been to the theater in twenty years, although he likes it, doesn't smile much, is "austere" and "dusty," and doesn't have high spirits. He is a quiet, somber figure.

In essence, he comes across as the kind of quiet, steady, responsible, trustworthy, loyal person with a good heart that might not be the person who you would invite to light up a social event but who is the first person you would turn to in a time of distress.

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The very first line of the novel paints a somewhat contradictory picture of Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, that the remainder of the first two paragraphs helps to flesh out.  He was

a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable.

Mr. Utterson is a rather gruff personage who never smiles, doesn't like to engage in conversation, seems somewhat unfeeling, is tall and skinny, and kind of grumpy, but he manages to be sort of endearing nonetheless. 

He largely keeps to himself.  He says that he "let[s] [his] brother go to the devil in his own way"; in other words, he doesn't consider himself anyone's moral keeper (which would be useful in his job as a lawyer). 

Further, it "is the mark of a modest man to accept his friendly circle ready-made from the hands of opportunity; and that was the lawyer's way."  Thus, he is unassuming and decent, never ostentatious or showy, and his circle of friends is mostly comprised of his family and the people he has known for a long time.  He doesn't make friends easily; "his affections, like ivy, were the growth of time."  He takes a long time to warm, but once he does, he is loyal.  His tradition of weekly walks with Mr. Enfield, a distant relative, for which he neglects any other concern so that they might be uninterrupted, provides evidence of this.

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