The Strange Case Of Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde

  • STORY OF THE DOOR

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    Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile;

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  • cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse;

  • backward in sentiment;

  • lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable.

  • At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye;

  • something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life.

  • He was austere with himself;

  • drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages;

  • and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years.

  • But he had an approved tolerance for others;

  • sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds;

  • and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove.

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    Mr. Utterson

    β€œI incline to Cain’s heresy,”

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    he used to say quaintly:

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    Mr. Utterson

    β€œI let my brother go to the devil in his own way.”

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    In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of downgoing men.

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  • And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour.

  • No doubt the feat was easy to Mr. Utterson;

  • for he was undemonstrative at the best, and even his friendship seemed to be founded in a similar catholicity of good-nature.