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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. The narrative follows a London lawyer as he investigates mysterious connections between his friend Dr Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde. Stevenson said the idea for the story came to him in a dream, but further inspiration may have come from the writer's friendship with Edinburgh-based French teacher Eugene Chantrelle, who had appeared to lead a normal life in the city but was convicted and executed for the murder of his wife in May 1878.

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Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; 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. 'I incline to Cain's heresy,' he used to say quaintly: 'I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.' In this character, it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men. And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanour.

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