Role in the Novel: Poole
- Jekyll's butler
- Has worked with the doctor for 20 years and is a loyal servant
- His concern for the master eventually drives him to seek Utterson's help when he becomes convinced that something has happened to Jekyll.
- Also shows that you don't have to be someone in the Upper Class to be a good person, as he is probably the most caring character in the novel.
- Throughout the novel, Poole is often just in the background of all the chaos around him. But he proves to be the most kind and trustworthy character, even though slightly overlooked.
- However, he becomes more involved later in the book- particularly Chapter 8. This is when Jekyll begins to act stranger and Poole's concern increases. Willing him to seek help for his master.
- To show that there is an element of loyalty and concern within the novel.
"O, sir," cried Poole, "do you think I do not know my master after twenty years? Do you think I do not know where his head comes to in the cabinet door, where I saw him every morning of my life? No, sir, that thing in the mask was never Dr. Jekyll..." Chapter 8
"Well, sir," he said, "here we are, and God grant there be nothing wrong." Chapter 8
Role in the Novel: Mr Enfield
- Enfield's purpose is to be a story teller and sets the foundation of a tone of eeriness within the novel.
- He provides an alternate perspective on the strange incidents, despite his supposed dislike of gossip.
- Enfield is a distant cousin and long life friend of Mr Utterson.
- Stevenson has included Enfield for the sole purpose of exposition.
- He has used him as a typical example of a male of the time, who is okay with a man 'trampling' a girl as long as he pays up.
- Enfield shows a contrast between Utterson's extremely curious nature and his lack of curiosity to the unusual events.
Quotes: Mr Enfield
- "No, sir: I had a delicacy," was the reply. " I feel very strongly about putting questions; it par takes too much of the style of the day of judgement. 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; and presently some bland old bird (the last you would of thought of) is knocked on the head in his own back garden and the family have to change their name. No, sir, I make it a rule of mine: the more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask." Chapter 1
- This shows the distinct difference in opinions on discussing odd happenings in town. Unlike Utterson, who is curious, Enfield stays away, to avoid anything that would damage his reputation.
- "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."