For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
J is for Jekyll and Hyde
I have no business writing about Jekyll and Hyde. I have not read the book, and I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t recall that Robert Louis Stevenson was the author until I looked it up. I’ve had an affection for Stevenson since I played the Authors Card Game with my family as a kid. His books were never assigned reading during my school years, but as an adult, I read Treasure Island. Kidnapped is on my soon-to-be-read list, and now, The Strange Adventures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been added to the list as well. But I digress.
There reason Jekyll and Hyde is here in the first place is as a reference to several scenes in Rightfully Ours. Paul makes reference to his girlfriend’s father exhibiting Jekyll and Hyde attitudes. One night he’s angry and belligerent with Paul and the next day he’s apologetic and compliant. Of course, her dad has good reason since they are in a high-stress situation.
Have you read The Strange Adventures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or have you just absorbed the meaning through the culture, as I have?