In other words, as a work of art and fiction today the novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde labors under the unfortunate burden of most readers knowing its surprise ending, and as a novel of tense and taunt prose, built upon suspense, this is a huge mark against it as a literary artifact of interest. But the novel's first readers would not have had this benefit, or detriment, when reading the mystery. Instead, the contemporary readers of the novel would have wondered why such a strange and deformed man was lurking around Dr. Jekyll's lair. They would have assumed, no doubt, that the good doctor was going to be murdered, much like the story's narrator, rather than the peculiar, nefarious truththat the odd Mr. Hyde was Dr. Jekyll's strange, divided, doppelganger of a self. Hyde is of course a murderer, and this status causes Jekyll to commit suicide to kill' Hyde, before his evil self is convicted for the publicly humiliating crimeor goes forth to kill again.
The novel begins when a lawyer, named Utterton, hears of a young woman being trampled by an evil stranger named Dr. Hyde. To pay off the girl's