Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Mr. Enfield Character Analysis

is a friend of Utterson's, with whom he takes Sunday walks. He is the one who first tells Utterson the story of Mr. Hyde’s violence. He is a good example of the secrecy and repression that haunts this society of bachelors – he shies away from telling Utterson his true suspicions.

Mr. Enfield Quotes in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Enfield or refer to Mr. Enfield. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Signet Classics edition of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde published in 2012.
Chapter 1 Quotes

"I feel very strongly about putting questions; it partakes too much of the style of the day of judgment. You start a question, and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others…”

Related Characters: Mr. Enfield (speaker)
Page Number: 52
Explanation and Analysis:

In the first chapter of the novel, Mr. Enfield proceeds to tell Mr. Utterson about his impressions of a mysterious, violent man named Mr. Hyde. Enfield has had some limited interactions with Mr. Hyde, but he's very reluctant to talk about them--indeed, he protests to Utterson that to answer questions about Hyde is a "slippery slope." Enfield would prefer to ignore Mr. Hyde and Hyde's violent behavior altogether.

Right away, Stevenson suggests that Enfield and Utterson are repressed and reserved--in short, they're stereotypical Victorian gentlemen. Rather than root out evil and violence in their society, they'd prefer to sweep it under the rug. This theme of repression and secrecy is crucial to the novel, as Stevenson draws an important connection between Dr. Jekyll's own repressed evil and Jekyll's friends' willingness to repress their knowledge of Jekyll's evil. In such a way, Stevenson could be said to criticize the repressive Victorian society that allows evil to survive as long as it's just out of sight.

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"He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something down-right detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point.”

Related Characters: Mr. Enfield (speaker), Mr. Hyde
Related Symbols: The Appearance of Evil
Page Number: 53
Explanation and Analysis:

Mr. Enfield describes the appearance of Mr. Hyde to his friend Mr. Utterson. Enfield notes that Hyde seems hideously ugly, though Enfield can't exactly explain why. Because Mr. Hyde is the embodiment of evil, Mr. Enfield's reaction to Hyde's appearance reflects his attitude toward the abstract concept of evil. Because Enfield is a good, moral man, he naturally rejects Hyde, and just as Enfield finds Hyde ugly without being to specify what, exactly, is ugly about him, Enfield instinctively rejects evil without fully understanding it.

Enfield's observation that Hyde seems "deformed somehow" suggests that evil is a twisted, misshapen version of good. Hyde's deformed appearance could also reflect the fact that at this early stage in the novel, Jekyll's good side is stronger than his bad side--Jekyll (good) is strong, and Hyde (evil) is weak.

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Mr. Enfield Character Timeline in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Enfield appears in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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One of Mr. Utterson’s friends is Richard Enfield, with whom he takes regular Sunday walks. To see the pair walking together, one would... (full context)
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Utterson asks Enfield if he has ever noticed this door and Enfield says that he has, and that... (full context)
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To Enfield, the strangest part of the incident was the way the man looked. It was so... (full context)
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...the name on the check, they recognized the man as a celebrated gentleman, though Mr. Enfield in his story does not reveal the man's name to Utterson. (full context)
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Mr. Enfield can see that Mr. Utterson is affected by the story too. He continues, troubled by... (full context)
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Mr. Enfield says he took a look about the house and noticed that it had no other... (full context)
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Utterson asks what Mr. Hyde looks like, but Enfield can hardly describe it. He says that the man has a detestable appearance but for... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...night he can’t sleep. The nearby clock strikes six and he finds himself replaying Mr. Enfield’s story in vivid pictures in his mind. Then he imagines Dr. Jekyll in bed in... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are on another of their Sunday walks and again pass by the Jekyll’s dissecting rooms.... (full context)
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...Utterson blames Jekyll's condition on staying indoors and invites his friend to join him and Enfield on their walk, but Jekyll says it would be impossible, even though he would like... (full context)
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...a strange expression of terror, suddenly rushes off, and does not return. Utterson and Mr. Enfield are shaken They leave Jekyll’s courtyard and walk silently. Finally all Utterson can manage is... (full context)