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The story begins with a description of Mr Utterson a lawyer inLondon Mr Utterson is a reserved conservative man who does notreveal his true vibrant personality He tolerates the strangenessand faults of other Early in his life he watched as his brotherfell to ruin and it is noted that he is often the lastrespectable person that men who are turning to evil or ruin haveto talk to This foreshadows Uttersons involvement with upcomingMr Utterson is friends with Richard Enfield although the two aretotally different from one another They always took walks witheach other on Sundays no matter what else they might have to doAs they walk down a lane on Sunday that would usually be crowdedwith merchants and children during the week Enfield points out anold building without many windows and only a basement doorEnfield tells a story of how one night at about 300 am he saw astrange deformed man round the corner and bump into a young girlThe strange man did not stop but simply walked right over theyoung girl who cried out in terror Enfield rushed over andattended the girl along with her family Still the strange mancarried on so Enfield chased him down and urged him back Adoctor was called and Enfield and the doctor felt an odd hatred ofthe man warning the man that they would discredit him in everyway possible unless he compensated the girl The strange manEnfield notes that the man is like Satan in the way he seemsemotionally cold to the situation The strange man presented acheque signed by an important person which they together cashedthe next morning Enfield states that he refers to the building asBlack Mail House Utterson asks Enfield if he ever asked who livedin the building but Enfield explains that he doesnt askthe more it looks like Queer Street the less I askThe building appears lived in and the two men carry on theirwalk Enfield continues that the strange man he saw that
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