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

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What kind of person is Mr. Utterson in the story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Expert Answers info

Scott David eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write1,027 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

Robert Louis Stevenson opens The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a lengthy description of Utterson. He is described as:

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. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life. He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years. But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove.

This passage...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 586 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

David Morrison eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2017

write10,295 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

gbeatty eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2007

write2,654 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Science

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial