first chapter is a combination of three character profiles added to a brief account of a
first description is of Mr. Utterson, the main character and protagonist for much of the
story. He is said to possess a "rugged countenance," yet somehow he is
"loveable" and well received by all the people he meets. For a more detailed
character outline, see the Character Profile section.
The second characterization is that of Mr.
Richard Enfield, also in the Character Profile section. Despite the busy nature of both
mans professions, both never postpone their weekly Sunday afternoon walk through
town. Walking one Sunday, the two men pass "a sinister block of building" which
interrupts the natural flow of houses on the street.
Soon Mr. Enfield reveals to Utterson a
very haunting tale which relates to this building. He says that one time in the middle of
the night he saw a small girl and a little man converging perpendicularly at the
crossroads of a street. Enfield accounts, "Well, sir, the two ran into one another
naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man
trampled calmly over the childs body and left her screaming on the ground."
Soon there is a big scene around the girls body. Enfield helps catch the little man
and brings him back to the corner, where a doctor and the girls parents have
gathered. The man quickly apologizes and tells them he will pay damages, asking them to
name any amount of money. Finally the man retreats to the strange house which juts out on
the street and comes back with gold and a check to cover the expense of the doctor and
other such things. The check is in the name of a well respected man of the community which
Enfield refuses to name.
Finally Enfield describes the little man,
named Mr. Hyde, in such a strangely evil way, the reader is almost overcome by suspicion
of this man. Enfield admits, "There is something wrong with his appearance; something
displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I
scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity,
although I couldnt specify the point. Hes an extraordinary-looking man, and
yet I really can name nothing out of the way."