Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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i have had this essay to do for 2 months now my teachers are annoying me about it can you help me the question is how dose robert stevenson use characters and events in the first chapter to create a tense atmosphere?

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"Well, it was this way," returned Mr. Enfield: "I was coming

home from some place at the end of the world, about three o'clock

of a black winter morning, and my way lay through a part of town

where there was literally nothing to be seen but lamps. Street

after street and all the folks asleep--street after street, all

lighted up as if for a procession and all as empty as a church--

till at last I got into that state of mind when a man listens and

listens and begins to long for the sight of a policeman. All at

once, I saw two figures: one a little man who was stumping along

eastward at a good walk, and the other a girl of maybe eight or

ten who was running as hard as she was able down a cross street.

Well, sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the

corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man

trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on

the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.

It wasn't like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut. I gave

a few halloa, took to my heels, collared my gentleman, and brought

him back to where there was already quite a group about the

screaming child. He was perfectly cool and made no resistance,

but gave me one look, so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me

like running. The people who had turned out were the girl's own

family; and pretty soon, the doctor, for whom she had been sent

put in his appearance. Well, the child was not much the worse,

more frightened, according to the Sawbones; and there you might

have supposed would be an end to it. But there was one curious

circumstance. I had taken a loathing to my gentleman at first

sight." (Chapter 1)

As you can see from this snippet there's a story afoot that paves the way for the rest of the novel. I don't think Stevenson used this story to produce tension because it's simply a story between two men, a memory of a happening, but I do believe this is an introduction to what follows. Through this chapter w can later retrieve this early information and apply it to things we don't understand.