dr. jekyl and mr hyde

  • Utterson: Henry is totally being blackmailed by this Hyde fellow.
  • Guest: No, no, this handwriting is the same, just with different hands, John.
  • Utterson: And?
  • Guest: This means they were written by the same person, John.
  • Utterson: Yes.
  • Guest: So?
  • Utterson: ...Henry is totally being blackmailed by this Hyde fellow.
  • Guest: *sigh*

anonymous asked:

*curtsies* Hi Duke! We're currently exploring gothic literature in our class this year and we have a big assignment for it. I was wondering if you could give me gothic book recommendations? Right now I'm currently reading the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jane Eyre and a bunch of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. I'd like to read more stuff that's got a lot of gothic tropes in it. Thank you!

*Curtsies* Allow me to direct your attention to the Gothic lit tag. Many suggestions there from me and others. (My personal fave is Dracula.) Hope this helps!

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well since u asked @impossibletruths \o/ :D

I did The Real Inspector Hound in Grade 11 (which is kind of an Agatha Christie parody) and it was very very wordy but it was a blast!

Then I did Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Grade 12, in which my Dr. Jekyll, Brian, (one of my favourite actor friends ever), nearly stabbed himself in the leg and also drank a solid chunk of dry ice so I think I almost killed him a few times?? oops.

And then in…uh….second year university? I did Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (which turned out to be the play Real Inspector Hound parodied, by total accident!) which went super good c: (although that play had almost as many problems with doors as Vox Machina does.)

and now I am realizing that my affinity for the Gothic and the murder and all that started rather early :’D

EDIT: ….actually @darling-violet do you remember how many times we accidentally broke that door? :P It was at least twice. I’m getting all nostalgic now and I miss you.

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: It annoys me when Jekyll's described as the 'good one' as opposed to the 'evil one' in the Jekyll and Hyde relationship. Jekyll’s not a monster, but he’s definitely no saint. The whole POINT of the drug he made was to create an outlet for all the less savory tendencies that he wanted to experience, but can’t as a respectable man of high society. Hyde isn’t Jekyll’s literal opposite, he’s a personification of all the lusts and desires that Jekyll felt, as a gentleman, he couldn’t express, like indulging in prostitution and murder. Hyde is Jekyll’s every dark desire made flesh. Plus, I should point out that ‘good one’ Henry Jekyll keeps taking the drug, EVEN AFTER HYDE SAVAGELY TRAMPLES ALL OVER A LITTLE GIRL AND HAS TO PAY BLOOD MONEY TO HER FAMILY TO PREVENT THE LAW COMING AFTER HIM. Jekyll gets a thrill out of Hyde’s illicit activities. He essentially does it all for shits and giggles. We don't even know a QUARTER of the stuff he gets up to as Hyde. Even after he gets scared by turning into Hyde while asleep, he returns to the rush of the drug only a few months later. He knows full well he might hurt someone else - but that doesn’t matter, he can simply change back to Jekyll, no harm done to his social life! He only stops taking the drug for pleasure altogether when Hyde gets into serious trouble by murdering Sir Danvers Carew, and has to flee back to his other personality to escape repercussion. I sympathize with Henry Jekyll, he might even be a relatively decent man, but he's not the 'good' one. Never the 'good' one.
  • Kid: Dr Lanyon... what is Dr Jekyll doing in this period..? I haven't seen him in ages...
  • Lanyon: well, little one, what my friend Henry does is really simple. I'll try to explain it without getting too much in the dull and boring details. Okay? Okay: so, he goes to his laboratory; he locks the door; he takes some of his chemicals; and then h<i>E SHITS ON THE BIBLE.</i>