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In Stevenson’s classic tale, Mr. Utterson is a lawyer, and a representation of Victorian order. Those two details are two sides of the same coin. Utterson not only practices law, he represents the law. He is, as the early lines of the story explain, disciplined. He likes wine, and because of this doesn’t drink it. Instead, he drinks gin. Because he likes the theater, he doesn’t go. Utterson embodies conservative Victorian self-restraint. He shows what fully repressing your passions looks like. He is introduced first, to show what Henry Jekyll is rebelling against. He lives a dull life by choice, to preserve virtue. He is what Jekyll should be. He’s the conscience of the story, but a conscience who is intentionally ambiguous. You should respect him, but not really like him.
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