The novel begins with a lawyer named Mr. Utterson going for a walk with his friend and relative Mr. Enfield. They walk past a door, which somehow prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a sad story: a brute of a man knocked down a little girl, everyone yelled at the rude man, and the man offered to pay a lot of money. He then disappeared through the door, only to return with a large check drawn from Dr. Jekyll’s bank account. The nasty man? None other than Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, it turns out, is Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, and we find out that in the event of Dr. Jekyll’s death or disappearance, his entire estate is to be turned over to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, who thinks highly of Dr. Jekyll, is extremely suspicious of this whole arrangement. He resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Robert Louis Stevenson was born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write creatively and travel widely in rebelliously of his poor health. He was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most celebrated for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses. he mixed in London literary circles As a young man, getting inspired by Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have delivered the idea for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. In 1890, he settled in Samoa, where he died in 1894. His books are currently ranked as the 26th most translated books in the world.

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