Notes on Objects & Places from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Objects/Places

London: The city where the story takes place, London is an important setting for this mystery--with its ever-present fog, socially stratified neighborhoods, and Victorian contradictions in what appears to be, and what really is. The rich character of London is central to the story.

Door (Hyde’s entrance into Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory wing): On one of their Sunday walks, Mr. Enfield and Mr. Utterson pass a building with a noticeable door, which prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a story of his encounter with Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson’s motivation is to find the secrets lying behind that door.

Dr. Jekyll’s Will: A will that Dr. Jekyll drafts despite the disapproval of his lawyer friend, Mr. Utterson, it states that in the event of Dr. Jekyll’s death or disappearance, Edward Hyde will be the prime beneficiary of the estate.

Cavendish Square: The western section of London where Dr. Lanyon lives, Cavendish Square is known for its affluence.

Soho: The section of London where Edward Hyde lives, Soho is infamous for its seediness and decrepitude.

cane: Mr. Hyde uses a cane to club Sir Danvers Carew to death. Mr. Utterson remembers that it is the same cane that he once gave Dr. Jekyll as a gift.

cheval-glass: The mirror found in Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory, it was used to verify whether the transformations worked. Poole comments that the cheval-glass must have seen some strange things.

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