Jekyll & Hyde Watch
‘Stevenson’s presentation of Dr. Jekyll allows the reader to feel sympathy for him.’ Starting with this extract, explore how far you agree with this opinion.
• how Stevenson presents Dr. Jekyll in this extract
• how Stevenson presents Dr. Jekyll in the novel as a whole.
The court was very cool and a little damp, and full of premature twilight, although the sky, high up overhead, was still bright with sunset. The middle one of the three windows was half-way open; and sitting close beside it, taking the air with an infinite sadness of mien, like some disconsolate prisoner, Utterson saw Dr. Jekyll. "What! Jekyll!" he cried. "I trust you are better."
"I am very low, Utterson," replied the doctor drearily, "very low. It
will not last long, thank God."
"You stay too much indoors," said the lawyer. "You should be out, whipping up the circulation like Mr. Enfield and me. (This is my cousin—Mr. Enfield—Dr. Jekyll.) Come now; get your hat and take a quick turn with us."
"You are very good," sighed the other. "I should like to very much; but no, no, no, it is quite impossible; I dare not. But indeed, Utterson, I am very glad to see you; this is really a great pleasure; I would ask
you and Mr. Enfield up, but the place is really not fit."
"Why then," said the lawyer good-naturedly, "the best thing we
can do is to stay down here and speak with you from where we are." "That is just what I was about to venture to propose," returned the doctor, with a smile. But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair as froze the very blood of the two gentlemen below. They saw it but for a glimpse, for the window was instantly thrust down; but that glimpse had been sufficient, and they turned and left the court without a word.
he's scared that hyde will come out at any point so now he's having to completely restrain himself for the 'other''s sake. the end of this extract particularly highlights how hyde is becoming more dominant and trapping jekyll, making him unable to leave the house and do the things he did before.