Ooo, TWO sections this time! Look at us, we're so scholarly, or something. Or would be, if it weren't for the fact that we're still not even doing 10 pages.
Hum, for some reason, I always thought of Dr. Jekyll as a bit younger, although the hints so far in the story have been otherwise. But he's fifty! Which granted doesn't seem as old to me nowadays as it used to, but still.
"The moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde." Yes, and those drunks can give it up any time they want! Any time! *sigh*
And a jump of nearly a year, just like that! Sheesh. I'm starting not to wonder that the book is so short, is skips around to all the very important bits and just ignores the usual fluff. Which can be both good and bad, I guess.
As for the murder case.. one of the first thing that comes to mind is how very convenient it must have been in those days, to be able to tell the very character and nature of every person by a glance at their face.
The second thought is that Utterson is rather lucky, since he did a bit more than simply ask a direction, and didn't get murdered brutally for it! He came off pretty lightly, overall, I think!
The third thought is that wow, those Victorian maids sure were useful in a crisis, weren't they? Although I'll admit, I wouldn't sit down to breakfast like the strong male lawyer, before going off to identify a mangled murder victim.
Also: "this may be very serious"? Dude, someone was just murdered! Do you think it's going to be a lighthearted gag? Although I guess it's not going to be all that serious if it's someone from one of those pesky servant classes dressed up for some reason, or something? Rather than someone *important*. I dunno.
I'd say something about "so much to his promise to Jekyll to look out for Hyde" if I didn't think Utterson were completely right in this. Y'know, what with the brutal utterly senseless murder and all. If anything, I guess I'm surprised it took this long.
And now, it looks like things are getting interesting!