Jekyll an Hyde - Plot Summary

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  • Jekyll and Hyde - Plot Summary (Chapters 7 - 8)
    • Chapter 1 - The Story Of The Door
      • Utterson is Introduced
        • First main character - most of the book is written from his perspective.
        • Dry and boring man who drinks gin privately to prevent himself from drinking socially.
        • Has a distant relation to Mr Enfield who is a respectable man, who he walks around London with every Sunday.
      • Enfield's Story
        • One day, whilst they are walking, they pass a building.
        • Enfield tells Utterson that: once he saw a small man walking along and a small girl running around the corner he was walking to.
        • As they both reach the corner, the man tramples on the girl and pays no attention to her screams.
        • Mr Enfield confronts the man and prders him to write a cheque to pay for the girls injuries.
        • The man goes into the building they are looking at and brings out a cheque book with a respectable mans name on it.This turns out to be Mr Hyde with Jekyll's cheque book.
        • This triggers Utterson's curiosity for Mr Hyde and his investigation.
    • Chapter 2 - The Search For Mr Hyde
      • Jekyll's Will
        • Utterson goes to his study and takes out Dr Jekyll's will.
        • It states that in the event of his disappearanc-e all of his property should be given to Mr Hyde.
        • This strange will troubles Utterson for a while and he is worried that Hyde may have a powerful influence over Jekyll.
        • He visits Dr Lanyon and finds that he has not spoken to Jekyll in years over their medical theories.
      • Utterson meets Hyde
        • Later that night, Utterson has nightmares about a small girl being run down by a faceless man
        • He is so disturbed by these dreams he goes to visit the same building he did with Enfield
        • As he waits, Hyde appears to go into the building. Hyde gives Utterson his address.
        • Utterson is horrified and automatically loathes the man without a specific reason.
      • Hyde's Laboratory
        • Utterson visits Jekyll and discovers that the building in Soho is a laboratory at the back of his house in Covent Gardens.
        • Poole lets Utterson in and tells him that Hyde has a key to the lab and all servants have orders to obey Hyde.
        • Utterson goes home worried about Jekyll and thinks that Hyde is blackmailing him over something he did in his youth.
    • Chapter 3 - Dr Jekyll Is Quite At Ease
      • Utterson quizzes Jekyll
        • Two weeks later, Jekyll holds a lavish dinner party. Utterson stays behind so that he and Jekyll can talk alone.
        • Utterson mentions the will and Jekyll begins to joke about it and then Utterson says that he has learnt something about Hyde.
      • Jekyll defends Hyde
        • Jekyll explains that Hyde's situation is unique and cannot be solved by talking.
        • He insists that the moment he can get rid of Hyde, he will.
        • Jekyll then askes Utterson to promise that he will carry out his will and give all his belongings to Hyde should he die or 'disappear'.
    • Chapter 4 - The Carew Murder Case
      • Maid's Testimony
        • A year later, a maid witnesses a horrific crime outside her window.
        • She watches Hyde viciously beat a man with a cane and his foot.
        • The maid faints at the sound of Carew's bones cracking.
      • Police Visit
        • Utterson (Carew's Lawyer) accompanies a policeman to the crime scene.
        • He recognises the boody as Sir Danvers Carew and the cane in which he was beaten, he recognised as the one he gave Jekyll.
        • A silver-haired woman answers the door and tells them that Jekyll isn't in and that they can't go into his rooms.
      • Inspecting Hyde's room
        • Utterson tells the lady that an inspector from Scotland Yard is with him and she eventually lets them in.
        • When in the room Utterson notices there are ashes in the fireplace suggesting thata Hyde has burnt something and left quickly leaving his clothes on the floor.
        • The other half of the walking stick and a burnt cheque book are both evidence connecting Hyde to the murder. Utterson is determined to find him.
    • Chapter 5 - Incident Of The Letter
      • Utterson Visits Jekyll
        • Utterson decides to visit Jekyll. Poole lets him in and leads him through a courtyard to the 'laboratory'.
        • Jekyll acts nervous and tells Utterson that he'll never see Hyde again.
      • Hyde's letter
        • Utterson doesn't like the way Jekyll is acting and warns him that if the murder goes to court, his name might be mentioned.
        • Jekyll gives him a letter he was sent from Hyde in which he apologises for not being able to repay Jekyll for the 1000s of things he has done for him.
        • He also says not to worry about where he has gone as he has means of escape if he needs it.
        • Jekyll tells Utterson that he burned the envelope and that it has not stamp as it was ordered by hand.
      • Handwriting Connection
        • On his way out, Poole tells Utterson that no letter had been delivered to the house.
        • Utterson takes Hyde's letter to his clerk friend, Mr Guest who compares it to a dinner invitation from Jekyll.
        • Guest claims that the it is by the same person but they are sloped in opposite direction.
        • Utterson locks it in his safe that night and thinks that Jekyll has forged for a murderer.
    • Chapter 6 - Remarkable Incident Of Dr Lanyon
      • Hyde disappears; Jekyll improves
        • Hyde disappears completely and people talk about his evil cruelty and violent behaviour.
        • Jekyll seems to return to his regular social self. He goes to church and visits Utterson everyday for 2 months.
      • Lanyon Dies
        • Lanyon, Utterson and Jekyll dine like old friends but 4 days later Jekyll confines himself again.
        • Utterson goes to visit Lanyon and is surprised to see him looking very ill. Lanyon is near death and declares that he never wants to see Jekyll again.
        • Utterson writes to Jekyll and receives a letter that shows Jekyll has fallen into a very disturbed state. Lanyon dies.
      • Letters to Utterson
        • Utterson receives a letter that states that no one else can open it but him.
        • The letter contains another envelope stating that it shouldn't be opened until Jekyll is dead.
        • Utterson obeys Lanyon's wishes and locks the letter in his safe. He visits Jekyll everyday but he has locked himself in his laboratory.
    • Chapter 7 - Incident At The Window
      • Dr Jekyll Spotted
        • On his weekly walk with Enfield, Utterson spots the door that started the novel.
        • It turns out that the door leads to Jekyll's house and the two go to the courtyard.
        • They see Jekyll in one of the windows looking sickly pale and have a brief chat with him until he freaks out and slams the window.
    • Chapter 8 - The Last Night
      • Poole visits Utterson
        • A distressed Poole visits Utterson one evening worried about Jekyll and says something terrible is happening
        • Poole asks Utterson to come to the house and when they arrive the maid shrieks with joy to see Utterson.
        • She tells him that they are all scared. Utterson knocks on Jekyll's voice and hears a  voice similar to Jekyll's reply that he can't see him.
      • Finding Jekyll
        • They move away and Poole tells Utterson that he only receives paper notes from the person inside asking him to buy drugs from the chemist.
        • Poole doesn't believe the creature inside the cabinet, he describes it as a strange dwarf. They believe that Jekyll may have been murdered and agree to break into the cabinet.
        • Inside the cabinet a man lies twitching and lifeless with a crushed phial in his hand - Jekyll has killed himself.
      • The Letter
        • A while later, a shocked Utterson looks around the cabinet and finds a letter addressed to him.
        • The envelope contains various documents including a new will stating that everything would be left to Utterson.
        • The separate letter is from Jekyll himself saying that Utterson should read the letter from Lanyon first. Utterson goes home to read the 2 letters and unfold the mystery.

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