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Utterson does not stop people from doing what they want

I incline to Cains heresy
I let my brother go to the devil in his own way


Utterson thinks about whether he's done anything he could be blackmailed for too

Humbled to the dust by the many ill things that he had done

Come so near to doing yet avoided


Utterson isn't as he seems on first impression

Lean long dusty dreary yet somehow loveable

Something eminently human beaconed from his eye, something indeed which never found its way into talk


Utterson is strict with himself

He was austere with himself

Utterson is so normal and has little opinions (at first) so we trust him


Utterson too has desires

Drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages


Utterson may not be indulgent himself - but he's definitely thought a lot about it

Wondering almost with envy at the high spirit involved in their misdeeds


Does not reprove others for their indulgences

and in any extremity inclined to help rather than to reprove


Utterson as the detective

If he be Mr Hyde ... I shall be Mr Seek


Utterson's friendships in general

Affections, like ivy, were the growth of time
Implied no aptness in the object


Utterson cares about Jekyll

very heavy heart
Poor Harry Jekyll

Well I promise


Utterson jumps to the conclusion it is blackmail

Ghost of some old sin


Knows that even the best people can be done for (reputation)

He was Conscious of some touch of that terror of the law
And the laws officers
Which at many times assial the most honest


Utterson is shocked when Guest tells him what he knows

Henry Jekyll forge for a murderer! And the blood ran cold in his veins


On his way to Jekyll's house he is sensing something - he can tell something is wrong (just like Poole does)

crushing anticipation of calamity


Utterson is very concerned about the will (is hyde blackmailing jekyll)

This document had long been the lawyer's eyesore
It offended him, both as a lawyer and a lover of the sane


Utterson likes order and austerity in his own life (doesnt mind disarray in others)

A lover of the sane


Utterson's character

Utterson was a man of rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile

First lines of book


Utterson wants to help his friend (just as he said he did in general earlier - help rather than reprove)

Make a clean breast of this in confidence
And I make no doubt I can get you out of it


People are happy to see Utterson - friendship of him and Jekyll - they trust that he will help

Bless God! It's Utterson


Utterson is decisive and takes control

He empathises with the servants and takes control so they can find Jekyll together

Pull yourself together Bradshaw


Victorian dependence on religion comes through from Uttersons reaction to seeing a bit of the transformation (blasphemy)

God forgive us


Utterson is clearly disturbed by Enfield's story

The figure in these two phases haunted the lawyer all night

In his dream - and lo! There would stand by his side a figure


Utterson is shocked Jekyll / Hyde - the last letter is to him

With indescribable amazement


Utterson is rational but his shock to Hyde is irrational

not all these points together could explain the hitherto unknown disgust, loathing and fear with which Mr Utterson regarded him

He goes off to read the letters and we dont know what he does after - if he meets poole as he said he would or his reaction. Stevenson leaves this unanswered because simple, rational people dont always have all the answers


Utterson's attitude to Hyde - feels instantly repelled by Hyde

Hitherto unknown disgust, loathing and fear, with which Mr Utterson regarded him

Strong responses - more impact because Utterson is a mild man


Utterson expresses emotions when he sees Hyde - odd for him

God bless me! The man seems hardly human

Direct speech