The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Incident at the Window
It chanced on Sunday, when Mr. Utterson was on his usual walk with Mr. Enfield, that
their way lay once again through the by-street; and that when they came in front of the
door, both stopped to gaze on it.
"Well," said Enfield, "that story's at an end at least. We shall never see more of Mr.
"I hope not," said Utterson. "Did I ever tell you that I once saw him, and shared your
feeling of repulsion?"
"It was impossible to do the one without the other," returned Enfield. "And by the way,
what an ass you must have thought me, not to know that this was a back way to Dr.
Jekyll's! It was partly your own fault that I found it out, even when I did."
"So you found it out, did you?" said Utterson. "But if that be so, we may step into the
court and take a look at the windows. To tell you the truth, I am uneasy about poor Jekyll;
and even outside, I feel as if the presence of a friend might do him good."
The court was very cool and a little damp, and full of premature twilight, although the
sky, high up overhead, was still bright with sunset. The middle one of the three windows
was half-way open; and sitting close beside it, taking the air with an infinite sadness of
mien, like some disconsolate prisoner, Utterson saw Dr. Jekyll.
"What! Jekyll!" he cried. "I trust you are better."
"I am very low, Utterson," replied the doctor drearily, "very low. It will not last long,
"You stay too much indoors," said the lawyer. "You should be out, whipping up the
circulation like Mr. Enfield and me. (This is my cousin--Mr. Enfield--Dr. Jekyll.) Come
now; get your hat and take a quick turn with us."
"You are very good," sighed the other. "I should like to very much; but no, no, no, it is
quite impossible; I dare not. But indeed, Utterson, I am very glad to see you; this is really
a great pleasure; I would ask you and Mr. Enfield up, but the place is really not fit."
"Why, then," said the lawyer, good-naturedly, "the best thing we can do is to stay
down here and speak with you from where we are."
"That is just what I was about to venture to propose," returned the doctor with a smile.
But the words were hardly uttered, before the smile was struck out of his face and
succeeded by an expression of such abject terror and despair, as froze the very blood of
the two gentlemen below. They saw it but for a glimpse for the window was instantly
thrust down; but that glimpse had been sufficient, and they turned and left the court