ABSTRACT This essay discusses Robert Louis Stevenson's use of the discourse of thermodynamics to structure the transformation in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as an irreversible process. Refashioning metamorphosis along scientific lines imbues the moral life of the novelwith the pressure and reality of physical lawand links the individual “flaws” in transformation to a vision blending scienti.c and theological accounts of apocalypse.

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