Why do you think Stevenson chooses to use the "frame story" at the beginning, given that he never returns to it?
It's likely that Stevenson aimed to build suspense. The question "Have you seen it again?" leaves its readers both uncertain and compelled. In addition, the structure conveys the seriousness of the events in Fettes' past: he remains haunted by these events many years later, and unlike Macfarlane, he has not chosen to go into medical practice, although he trained for it.
"The Body Snatcher" was published a year before Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and it's said that the character of Fettes served as a "prototype" for Jekyll. What similarities do you see between the two...
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