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mention of Mary using an Omnibus to get across town. Due to the fact that Mary Reilly was so meticulously crafted, the events in the book were in compliance with Stevenson's original. Despite the books' many similarities, there is also a presence of differences, especially in the areas of writing style, the narrator's point of view, and the significance of certain characters. The writing style of Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of extreme articulation, and elaborence, and is more difficult to interpret, one, because of the time he was writing in, and two, because it uses very complex words. The writing style of Valerie Martin in Mary Reilly is a complete contrast from Stevenson's style. Martin's writing, while articulate, is much easier to interpret. Martin does not use the kinds of difficult sentence structures and complex words that Stevenson used, furthermore, it is more subtle. Another major difference between Martin and Stevenson's books is the point of view of the narrator. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story is told through two different views at different times. In the beginning the story is told through the eyes of someone looking down into the story. But as time progresses the character Mr. Enfield takes over, this narrative switch takes place throughout the book. However, in Mary Reilly the story is told through the eyes of Mary Reilly. Valerie Martin has done an astonishing job in keeping the events and people in her novel in sync with the events and people originally depicted by Stevenson. However, because Mary Reilly is focused on the character Mary Reilly instead of being focused on Dr., Jeckyl, like in Stevenson's
novel, some character's have changed such as Dr. Jeckyl, Mr. Hyde, Poole, Cook, and of-course, Mary Reilly. Meaning that when characters were described, what was said, how it was said, and what effect it had on the reader, is different. Dr. Jeckyl is a significant character in both Stevenson's and Martin's books. However, Dr. Jeckyl is represented differently in each book. In Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll comes across as a once kindly Doctor, wealthy and content with life, that abruptly turned cold, and became a scientific man engrossed in metaphysics, who obsesses over the principles of dual human nature. Stevenson represented this view best from the following excerpt from the book, "But it is more than ten years since Henry Jekyll became too fanciful for me. He began to go wrong, wrong in mind; and although I continue to take an interest in him for old sake's sake, as they say, I see and I have seen devilish little of the man." This excerpt said that Dr. Jekyll did indeed, have an unfortunate change of character, and that when this change was noticed, the ones closest to him greeted it with despondency. The excerpt was expressed by Dr. Lanyon when sadly looking back on the collapse of his as well as Mr.