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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Why doesn't Dr. Jekyll disclose his scientific discovery's details?

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Dr. Jekyll explains that there are a couple of reasons why he will not tell exactly how it was that he was able to turn into Mr. Hyde.

First, he says it is because people are the way they are -- they have to have bad luck and bad aspects to them.  If they try to cast off the bad stuff, he says, it will come back to them, but worse than when it left.

Second, he says that he did not really complete his work.  He did not really manage to do what he wanted as well as he wanted.  So he does not want other people to try.

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