Incident at the window in stevensons novel the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde

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Analyse of the Incident at the window.
Incident of the window is the shortest story in the Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It appears to be a story about the very usual Sunday of two friends Mr. Utterson and his cousin Mr. Enfield. They are having their traditional Sunday walk to the same part of the city, the narrator introduced us in the beginning of the first chapter. It has beenquite long time since the first time they discussed this house and the mysterious man called Mr. Hyde. Since that time Mr. Utterson has become really interested in the case of this man, because he thinks that this man is causing problems, probably by blackmailing his friend Dr. Jekyll to become his inheritor. Beyond the aggressive act against the tenth year old girl, which they discussed theprevious time, Hyde has even killed a client of Mr. Utterson sir Danvers Carew, a member of Parliament. After this incident Dr. Jekyll has admitted to Mr. Utterson that Hyde had left and will never return in his life. Their common friend Lanyon had undergone a great shock from which he have not recovered. After his death Utterson receives a letter from him, which could be opened only in case of deathor disappearance of Dr. Jekyll. Lately Dr. Jekyll is feeling very bad, do not go out and do not accept any visitors, even if it is his good friend Utterson.
It could seem quite ordinary - two man are having their ordinary Sunday walk in the same way as usually. If only this place (house) would not always appear in the story with some kind of horror or bizarre events. The conversation of twofriends Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield, visiting another friend Dr. Jekyll (very usual and ordinary situation), who is very happy to see them in the beginning, but suddenly absolutely changes and terrifies his friends (unreal situation in ordinary circumstances). It turns out that this story is culmination of Mr. Utterson's informal Investigation of the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Some questionsappear in this chapter: Did Mr. Utterson had some suspicions about the true connection between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Did he understand it after seeing the beginning of this strange and unnatural transformation or he was just horrified by seeing something that he found unreal and far beyond any border of a clear logic or he got the final approval of his suspicions? And finally, if Mr. Utterson wassuspicious about this case, was the narrator (considering that narrator could be Mr.Utterson) absolutely clear and open with the reader and telling everything in the way it happened, and in the way he felt about it?
Does Mr. Utterson have some doubts about the connection Mr. Jekyll has with Mr. Hyde? And what does Mr. Enfield know about this case? Their conversation in the beginning of thechapter sounds like a provocation from the part of Mr. Enfield to get to know how much Mr. Utterson knows. He makes a statement that they would never see Mr. Hyde again. But the question is how he could be so sure, if there are no information about the death or imprisonment of Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson does not approve this certitude. He expresses his hope, which shows more of an incertitude than anopinion. The second element which makes us to think that Enfield knows more than he should, and he is sure that Mr. Utterson does it as well is the fact They both know that the strange door is the backdoor of Mr. Jekyll. And it is not the careful Mr. Utterson who opens this topic. He admits his knowledge only when Mr. Enfield let him know he has found it out."And by the way, what an ass you musthave 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." The interesting element is that he is blaming Mr. Utterson about making him to find out this link between Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as trying to give a hint that he knows that there are some facts that Mr. Utterson could have but would not express. In this way...
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