5.12 书虫•双语读物——化身博士7

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7

Later that same afternoon Mr Utterson found his way to Doctor Jekyll’s house.Jekyll’s servant, Poole, let him in at once and took him through the kitchen and across the back garden to the laboratory behind the house.It was the first time that Mr Utterson had seen his friend’s laboratory,and he looked around curiously.


The old servant led Mr Utterson through the laboratory and up some stairs to the doctor’s private study above.This was alarge room with tall, glass-fronted cupboards, a large mirror and a big,business like table.A good fire burned in the fireplace and beside it sat Doctor Jekyll, looking white and ill. In a thin, tired voice he welcomed his friend.


‘Have you heard the news?’said Mr Utterson after the old servant had left.


‘The news boys were shouting about it in the street,’Doctor Jekyll said.‘A terrible business.’


‘Let me ask you something,’said the lawyer.‘Sir Danvers Carew was my client, but you are my client too,and I want to know what I'm doing.You haven't tried to hide the murderer, have you?’


‘Utterson,I promise you,’cried the doctor,‘I promise you I'll never see him again. I've finished with him for ever. Andnow, indeed, he no longer needs my help.You don't know him like I do. He’s safe, quite safe.Believe me,nobody will ever hear of Hyde again.’


The lawyer listened with a serious face. He did not like hisfriend’s feverish, excited look.


‘You seem very sure of him,’he replied.‘I hope you’re right.If he is caught and comes to trial,your name may be mentioned.’


‘I'm absolutely sure of him,’ answered Jekyll.‘ I can't tell you how I know,but I'm certain. But can you please advise me about one thing?I've received a letter and I don't know whether to show it to the police.May I leave it in your hands,Utterson?’


‘You're afraid,I suppose, that the letter will lead the police to Hyde?’asked the lawyer.


‘No,’said Doctor Jekyll.‘I don't care what happens toHyde.I was thinking of my own reputation… Anyway,here is the letter.’


It was written in a strange,pointed handwriting and signed‘Edward Hyde’.‘I am sorry that I have been so ungrateful in the past for your many generous acts,’it began.‘Please don't worry about me.I am quite safe and I am certain that I can escape unharmed whenever I wish.’


‘Did this letter come by post?’asked the lawyer.


‘No,’replied Doctor Jekyll.‘There was no post mark on the envelope.The letter came by hand.’


‘Shall I keep the letter and think about it?’asked Mr Utterson.


‘I want you to decide for me,’answered his client.‘I’ m not sure of anything any more.’


‘Very well,’said the lawyer.‘Now tell me—the part in your will about disappearing for three months or more. Was that Hyde’s idea?’


‘It was,’whispered Doctor Jekyll.


‘He was planning to murder you,’said the lawyer.‘You've had a lucky escape.’


‘I've had a lesson too,’said his client, in pain and sadness.‘Oh, what a lesson!’ And he covered his face with his hands.



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