Tension + Mystery In Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

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Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Read the following extract from Chapter 4 (The Carew Murder Case) of The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and then answer the question that follows.
In this extract, Utterson and Inspector Newcomen have come to find Mr Hyde at his
lodging house after the murder of Sir Danvers Carew.


It was by this time about nine in the morning, and the first fog of the season.
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great chocolate-coloured pall lowered over heaven, but the wind was continually
charging and routing these embattled vapours; so that as the cab crawled from
street to street, Mr. Utterson beheld a marvellous number of degrees and hues of
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twilight; for here it would be dark like the back-end of evening; and there would
be a glow of a rich, lurid brown, like the light of some strange conflagration; and
here, for a moment, the fog would be quite broken up, and a haggard shaft of
daylight would glance in between the swirling wreaths. The dismal quarter of
Soho seen under these changing glimpses, with its muddy ways, and slatternly
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passengers, and its lamps, which had never been extinguished or had been
kindled afresh to combat this mournful re-invasion of darkness, seemed, in the
lawyer's eyes, like a district of some city in a nightmare.
The thoughts of his mind, besides, were of the gloomiest dye; and when he
glanced at the companion of his drive, he was conscious of some touch of that
15 terror of the law and the law's officers which may at times assail the most honest.
As the cab drew up before the address indicated, the fog lifted a little, and
showed him a dingy street, a gin-palace, a low French eating-house, a shop for
the retail of penny numbers and twopenny salads, many ragged children huddled
in the doorways, and many women of many different nationalities passing out,
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key in hand, to have a morning glass; and the next moment the fog settled down
again upon that part, as brown as umber, and cut him off from his blackguardly
surroundings. This was the home of Henry Jekyll's favourite; of a man who was
heir to a quarter of a million sterling.


Starting with this extract, explore how Stevenson creates mystery and tension in The
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Write about:
how Stevenson creates mystery and tension in this extract
how Stevenson creates mystery and tension in the novel as a whole.
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