Mr. Gabriel Utterson
Mr. Utterson is the novel’s narrator, a prominent and upstanding lawyer, well respected in the London community, and lawyer to Dr. Jekyll. He is loyal to his friends, and strives to find the underlying cause of Jekyll and Hyde’s relationship without ruining the reputation of the former. Through investigating the strange goings-on in London, Utterson serves as a stand-in for the reader and represents the ideal Victorian: he is temperate, concerned with the appearance of decorum, and values rationality.
Utterson is reserved, dignified, and perhaps even lacking somewhat in imagination, but he does seem to possess a furtive curiosity about the more sordid side of life. His rationalism, however, makes him ill-equipped to deal with the supernatural nature of the Jekyll – Hyde connection. While not a man of science, Utterson resembles his friend Dr. Lanyon — and perhaps Victorian society in general — in his devotion to reasonable explanations and his denial of the supernatural.