The Victorian era is one that I love to learn about. They are such a fun group of people to research, I just love the pomp and the façade and the clothes and the fog and Sherlock and mummies and Jack the Ripper and Knick knacks… So fun!
Anyways, I was really looking forward to reading Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde since it is one of those books people know the jist of. I think the lecture was a good one and I really enjoyed it. When reading the book I totally read over the allusions to prostitution and all that stuff. It was nice to go over that and some of the history regarding the Victorian Era. It would definitely be hard to understand the criticisms of the era if we did no know the context it was in! The part that stood out to me was the talk about the strictness in the era of not only practically everything, but the way even furniture is even dressed as it is too provocative.
There was reminded me very much of Jack the Ripper, when Mr. Hyde was caught by the maid looking through her window and the police trying to find the culprit. Although the execution was not the same, but had the fog been there and the moon not so bright he might not have been caught in the act. Not going to lie, I love Mr. Utterson. He is just so oblivious. But rather I like how he perseveres in trying to help his friend out. Also how he has the best of intentions in what he does, even if only some of it is genuine, and that he does like to stick his nose wherever. As someone who knows what is coming it is humorous to watch him stumble along the clues. Although in his position I would probably have thought the same.
I feel sad that we aren’t doing more books of the time, but now this book has me a list of books to read over the summer while I hang out in the sun and on the beach… I hope.