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A LA RECHERCHE DE M. HYDE

Cette nuit-là, M. Utterson rentra dans sa garçonnière d’une humeur sombre et s’assit pour souper sans appétit. C’était son habitude du dimanche, quand son repas était fini, de s’asseoir près du feu, un tome de quelques lectures pieuses et arides sur son bureau, jusqu’à ce que la cloche de l’église voisine sonnât minuit, heure à laquelle il allait sans autre forme de procès et avec gratitude se coucher. Cependant, cette nuit, une fois la nappe retirée, il prit une chandelle et alla dans son cabinet de travail. Là, il ouvrit son coffre-fort, sortit du recoin le plus caché un document identifié sur son enveloppe en tant que testament du Dr Jekyll et s’assit pour étudier son contenu avec un air perplexe. Le testament était holographe, car M. Utterson, bien qu’il lui revînt de le faire exécuter maintenant qu’il était rédigé, refusé d’apporter la moindre assistance à sa rédaction. Ce testament prévoyait non seulement que : en cas du décès d'Henry Jekyll, tous ses biens revenir à son « ami et bienfaiteur Edward Hyde », mais aussi qu'en cas de « disparition ou absence non expliquée » de Dr Jekyll « pendant n'importe quelle période excédant trois mois civils », ledit Edward devrait entre en jouissance des biens dudit Henry sans délai et exempt de quelques obligations que ce soit, si ce n’est le paiement de quelques appointements/émoluments aux employés de maison du docteur. Ce document avait longtemps été la bête noire du juriste. Il s’en offensait à la fois comme un juriste et comme un amoureux des aspects sains et coutumiers de la vie, pour lequel le fantaisiste était de l’immodeste. Et jusqu’ici c’était son ignorance de Mr Hyde qui avait soulevé son indignation ; maintenant, par un soudain revirement, c’était sa connaissance. C’était déjà assez mauvais quand ce nom n’était qu’un nom dont il ne pouvait rien apprendre de plus. C’était pire lorsqu’il commençait à se vêtir d’attributs détestables ; et hors des brumes mouvantes, in substantielles qui avaient si longtemps dérouté sa prunelle, jaillit la soudaine, précise représentation d’un démon.
— Je pensais que c’était de la folie, dit-il, en replaçant l’insupportable papier dans le coffre, et maintenant je commence à craindre que ce ne soit de l’opprobre.

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