Part Six: Dr Lanyon's Narrative
When Mr Utterson arrived home, he went to his safe. He took out Dr
Lanyon's letter. He looked at the envelope:
'Open after the death or disappearance of Dr Henry Jekyll.'
'I don't think Henry Jekyll is dead,' thought Mr Utterson. 'But he has
certainly disappeared. Now is the time to read this letter!'
Mr Utterson opened the letter, and began to read. This is what the letter
Four days ago, on the ninth of January, I received a strange letter from
Dr Jekyll. You must read this letter if you want to understand what
Dr Jekyll's letter to Dr Lanyon was also in the envelope, and the lawyer
read it. It said:
You are one of my oldest friends. We have quarreled, but I still see you
as a friend. I am writing now to ask you to do something for me. It is very
I want you to go to my house tonight. My servant Poole will be there. He
knows you're coming. You and Poole must break down the door of my
laboratory. Go into the laboratory alone and from the fourth drawer of the
cabinet take the powders and a book that you will see there. When you
have the powders and the boot go home immediately.
At midnight a man will come to your house. Please give him the things
from my laboratory. This is all I ask you to do. If you want an explanation,
the man will give you one.
Please do what I ask, Lanyon. It will save your old friend,
Dr Lanyon's letter continued:
I thought Dr Jekyll was mad but I decided that I should do what he
asked, all the same.
I went to the doctor's house that night and Poole and I went to the
laboratory. We broke down the door and I entered. I found the cabinet and
took out the drawer with the powders and the boot and I took it home with
me. While I waited for the man to come at midnight, I looked at the book:
It seemed to be a record of the doctor's experiments. I did not understand
what the doctor's experiments meant.
At midnight there was a knock at the door of my house. I went to the
door and opened it. There was a small man standing outside.
'Are you Dr Jekyll's friend?' I asked him. He moved his head. I asked
him into the house. He was an ugly little man and I did not like him. I
remember that his clothes were too big for him. The man was very
'Where are the powders? 'He asked me. 'Have you got them?'
'Be patient,' I told him. 'Sit down for a moment.
'I am sorry,' the man said. ''Dr Jekyll sent me here. 'The business is
1 gave the powders to theman. Hemixed them together in a grass, and
they changed colour. The man then looked at me.
'You now have a choice,' he told me. 'I can leave the house now, and
you will never know what this business is about. Or I can stay, and you
will know everything. If I stay, you will see something new and very
'Stay,' I replied. 'I want to see the end of this mystery.'
'Very well,' the man said. 'But remember, Lanyon. What you see now is
He then drank the contents of the grass. He cried out, and almost fell
to the floor. 'Then his body began to grow and change. 'The next moment
I covered my face in horror.
‘No!'I cried out. ''No!'
'The small man who drank the powders had disappeared. 'There in front
of me, stood 'Dr Jekyll!
He told me the whole terrible story, and even now it frightens me .What
he told me made me ill. I have not slept since he told me .His story was
wicked, and I will not tell it to you, Utterson. I will just tell you one
thing that I learnt from Dr Jekyll: the small man who came to my house
that night was Edward Hyde, the murderer.