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Parasha: Jekyll and Hyde May 2nd reading

Hope everyone's ready to start this! If not, the sections are short enough to catch up quickly, at least.

And my first question, before we really start: Really, does anyone NOT know the basics of this story, even if they haven't read it? I'm curious, because I don't think I need to be coy, but I don't want to find out I'm wrong by spoiling it for someone!

Huh, for a sympathetic character, Utterson's description does not start out typically, does it? Although it does sound like he leads a rather dull life.

One thing that crops up to mind is that while, Hyde is obviously unsympathetic and dark (there's that being coy Just In Case thing), what might be worse is the dark nature he seems to bring out in everyone else. Granted, he basically trampled and frightened a little girl, so some dark feelings are certainly expected, but man.

Huh, it's odd to see "black mail" as two words, instead of one, although I guess the derivation of the word would hint that it came from the two separate words. (And I don't even know if all the editions that people might be reading have the two words separate, come to think of it!)

Grr, now I'm wondering how Utterson knows who the "good gentleman" is.

Anything else?


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May. 12th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
I've been a bit surprised by what I've read so far! I think this is because I haven't read it or seen any adaptation -- unless, errm, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" counts. I don't think it does.

What I have done, though, is seen Jerry Lewis's "The Nutty Professor" at a young and impressionable age. So I was actually a bit surprised to find that Hyde was unsympathetic and uncharismatic. Because of this, I'm much more interested than I expected in seeing how this plays out!
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