Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson about a London lawyer named John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.
John Utterson is on his weekly walk with his relative, Enfield, who proceeds to tell Utterson of an encounter some months ago between a man and a young girl. The man, a sinister figure named Edward Hyde, and a young girl, who has run to get a doctor, accidentally bump into one another, and Hyde rudely tramples her. Enfield chases after Hyde, brings him back to the scene, and persuades Hyde to pay £100 to avoid a scandal for his despicable behavior. Hyde leads them to a building where he enters, and re-emerges with £10 in gold and a check for the rest, drawn on the account of a reputable gentleman, later revealed to be Dr. Henry Jekyll, a client and old friend of Utterson's. Sometime later, after one of Dr. Jekyll's dinner parties, Utterson stays behind to discuss the matter of Hyde. Jekyll turns pale, yet he assures Utterson that everything is in order and that Hyde should be left alone...
The story that follows has been interpreted as an examination of the duality of human nature, the assertion that good and evil exists in all, and that the failure to accept this shadow side results in the evil being projected onto others.
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