The enduring legacy of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Gothic novella should be clear evidence of at least one thing: different personas live within us all. This realization is almost automatic, touching our cumulative subconscious profoundly. The idea that erratic behavior is a part of humanity’s essential nature is difficult to accept. Yet, at one time or another, we’ve almost all had the experience of being shocked by our own unrecognizable actions – lest we consider what might sometimes come out of our mouths! While each of us does indeed have these opposing human character traits within us, it seems that some are more capable than others of wearing the public masks of pleasantries while saving the aphotic, clandestine persona for the creeping shadows of night.
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