Minute by minute, the composing influence of the draught
began at last to strengthen its hold on my brain.
The old monster was not slow to perceive the effect which my draught
had produced and that I carried him more lightly than usual, so he stretched out his skinny hand and seizing the gourd first tasted its contents cautiously, then drained them to the very last drop.
And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king's dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught
of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.
Let me but escape into my laboratory door, give me but a second or two to mix and swallow the draught
that I had always standing ready; and whatever he had done, Edward Hyde would pass away like the stain of breath upon a mirror; and there in his stead, quietly at home, trimming the midnight lamp in his study, a man who could afford to laugh at suspicion, would be Henry Jekyll.