The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Questions and Answers
by Robert Louis Stevenson

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What is the mood in the 2nd and 3rd chapters?

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In Chapter 2, Mr. Utterson decides to search for Mr. Hyde, and the mood, for the most part, is dark, sinister and foreboding. For example, Mr. Utterson has a nightmare in which Mr. Hyde glides "stealthily through sleeping houses ... [and] through wider labyrinths of lamplighted city," at every corner "crush[ing] a child and leav[ing] her screaming." This nightmare creates a dark and sinister mood, and it ominously forebodes the meeting between Mr. Hyde and Mr. Utterson later in the chapter. When the two do meet, Mr. Hyde is described as "hissing" and "snarl[ing]." His words...

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