CHAPTER 3- DR JEKYLL WAS QUITE AT EASE- Dr Jekyll hosts one of his ‘pleasant’ dinners where he invites Utterson and some old ‘cronies’. Dr Jekyll and Utterson talk about Hyde, Jekyll’s mysterious benefactor.
‘ Oh I know he’s a good fellow,(...) but a hide-bound pendant for all that .’
I have been wanting to speak to you, Jekyll (...) , You know about that will of yours?
Dr Jekyll is confident about his benefactor. When Utterson mentions Hyde, Jekyll grows pale.
. "I am painfully situated, Utterson; my position is a very strange—a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended talking.”
"Jekyll," said Utterson, "you know me: I am a man to be trusted. Make a clean breast of this in confidence; and I make no doubt I can get you out of it."
I would trust you before any man alive, ay, before myself, if I could make the choice; but indeed it isn't what you fancy; it is not so bad as that; and just to put your good heart at rest, I will tell you one thing: the moment I choose, I can be rid of Mr. Hyde. I give you my hand upon that; and I thank you again and again; and I will just add one little word, Utterson, that I'm sure you'll take in good part: this is a private matter, and I beg of you to let it sleep."
” I promise.”
Utterson’s use of the personal possesional pronoun ‘ I’ illustrates the importance of the will. On the other hand Dr Jekyll’s reaponse with ‘ hide- bound pendant ‘ is an ironic pun. Not only is it a pun on Hyde’s name, but also a pun on the metaphorical irony of the situation.
IROnic pun upon Hyde’s name and entrapment., the use of a hyphen illustrates Jekyll’s careful choice of words as well as the adjective ‘ strange’ linking into the semantic fields of deceit and no everything appearing the way it should be. This is of course juxtapositional to Utterson trying to present himself as a ‘ trusted man.’
‘ my position is a very strange - a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking.’
Jekyll tries to reassure his friend by telling him their ‘ trust’ bond still exists. The adjective ‘ trust’ is juxtapositional to deceit yet ironic as Jekyll is still hiding the truth through reassurance. Jekyll informs him he can be “ rid of Hyde” whenever he want but illustates that it is a “ private matter”. The adjective “ privacy” once again links into the semantic field of deceit within the novel, to which Utterson ironically responds with “ I promise” which he indeed does not keep.