Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Mist and Moonlight Symbol Analysis

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The streets of Utterson’s London are obscured by the weather, just as the mysteries of Mr. Hyde’s crimes and existence, and his relationship with Jekyll, are themselves obscured. The mist makes the layout of the streets hard to follow, and makes the Gothic façade in question in chapter one jut ominously from the others. Effects of light are used to forewarn and indicate the coming on of Jekyll’s transformations and Hyde’s violence, and the moon sheds an eerie light over the most suspenseful moments.

Mist and Moonlight Quotes in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde quotes below all refer to the symbol of Mist and Moonlight. 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:
Science, Reason and the Supernatural Theme Icon
). 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 5 Quotes

The fire burned in the grate; a lamp was set lighted on the chimney shelf, for even in the houses the fog began to lie thickly; and there, close up to the warmth, sat Dr. Jekyll, looking deathly sick. He did not rise to meet his
visitor, but held out a cold hand and bade him welcome in a changed voice.

Related Characters: Dr. Jekyll
Related Symbols: Mist and Moonlight, The Appearance of Evil
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:

In this scene Mr. Utterson reunites with Dr. Jekyll after a long time. As is often the case when Stevenson sets the scene for something ominous or sinister, fog and mist are all around (even in the house!), obscuring what might otherwise be clear. Utterson immediately notices that Jekyll seems physically weak--his voice is different, and his hands are cold. Although Utterson doesn't know it yet, Dr. Jekyll has become physically weak because he's been spending more and more time as Mr. Hyde. One's good and evil side grow stronger with regular "exercise"--so because Jekyll has been neglecting his good, conscious side in favor of his evil, unconscious side, Mr. Hyde has grown stronger and Dr. Jekyll himself has shriveled up. Jekyll's changed voice also alludes to Jekyll's experiences in Mr. Hyde's shoes. Jekyll might still be a good man, but he still remembers what he did during his time as Hyde. As a result, Jekyll has come to hate himself.

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Mist and Moonlight Symbol Timeline in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The timeline below shows where the symbol Mist and Moonlight appears in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Innocence and Violence Theme Icon
...even more hideous. A maid goes to bed in a house alone, and, as the moon shines, she sits by the window and falls into a kind of dream as she... (full context)
Science, Reason and the Supernatural Theme Icon
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Reputation, Secrecy and Repression Theme Icon
Innocence and Violence Theme Icon
The light seems to make the old man look almost heavenly and the maid focuses on him,... (full context)
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Reputation, Secrecy and Repression Theme Icon
Innocence and Violence Theme Icon
...Mr. Utterson offers to show the police to Mr. Hyde’s address. They travel through the foggy early morning. The colors of the sky move and shift, one place is dark, the... (full context)
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Reputation, Secrecy and Repression Theme Icon
...comes into view. It is an odd collection of establishments, including a gin palace. The fog settles in and soon they see only the house in question. They are greeted at... (full context)
Chapter 5
Science, Reason and the Supernatural Theme Icon
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Reputation, Secrecy and Repression Theme Icon
...“cabinet”, is on the floor above. It has iron-barred windows and a fire burning. The fog from the outside has seeped in somehow. Through the thick air, Utterson sees his friend,... (full context)
Science, Reason and the Supernatural Theme Icon
The Duality of Human Nature Theme Icon
Reputation, Secrecy and Repression Theme Icon
Bachelorhood and Friendship Theme Icon
...office with his clerk, Mr. Guest, by the fire, he finds the opportunity. Outside, the fog is still obscuring the streets but the fire is making the room cheerful. Mr. Guest... (full context)
Chapter 8
Science, Reason and the Supernatural Theme Icon
Utterson follows Poole through the moonlit, windy nighttime air to the square. The moon, the wind and the desertion of the... (full context)