The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Roger Shears Character Analysis

Christopher’s mother, Judy, fell in love with Roger Shears and ran away to London with him. For a while, Christopher suspects that Mr. Shears killed Wellington due to bad feeling between him and Mrs. Shears. When Christopher arrives at his mother’s apartment in London, Mr. Shears doesn’t want him to stay, so Judy breaks up with him and she and Christopher return to Swindon.

Roger Shears Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time quotes below are all either spoken by Roger Shears or refer to Roger Shears. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time published in 2004.
Chapter 67 Quotes

Mr. Shears used to be married to Mrs. Shears and they lived together until two years ago. Then Mr. Shears left and didn’t come back. This was why Mrs. Shears came over and did lots of cooking for us after Mother died, because she didn’t have to cook for Mr. Shears anymore and she didn’t have to stay at home and be his wife. And also Father said that she needed company and didn’t want to be on her own.

And sometimes Mrs. Shears stayed overnight at our house...

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother), Eileen Shears, Roger Shears
Page Number: 42
Explanation and Analysis:

When Christopher leaves Mrs. Alexander’s house, he’s thinking about the mystery and realizes that Mr. Shears should be his prime suspect, because Mr. Shears didn’t like Mrs. Shears and might have wanted to hurt her. This passage actually provides much of the background needed to solve the mystery, but Christopher approaches it from the wrong angle. Mr. Shears left around the same time Judy supposedly died, and Mrs. Shears became close to Ed in the aftermath. These are the fundamental clues needed to figure out that Mr. Shears actually left with Judy, Ed hoped to take up with Mrs. Shears, and he became angry when she refused him. Thus, Christopher unwittingly provides the reader with the clues needed to solve the mystery, even though he doesn’t realize they’re clues. The matter-of-fact way in which Christopher presents these circumstances shows how oblivious he can sometimes be to the nuances in the relationships of the adults around him.

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Chapter 97 Quotes

And Mrs. Alexander said, “Your mother, before she died, was very good friends with Mr. Shears.”

And I said, “I know.”

And she said, “No, Christopher, I’m not sure that you do. I mean that they were very good friends. Very, very good friends.”

I thought about this for a while and said, “Do you mean that they were doing sex?”

And Mrs. Alexander said, “Yes, Christopher. That is what I mean.”

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Mrs. Alexander (speaker), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother), Roger Shears
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:

When Mrs. Alexander realizes that Christopher believes his mother is dead and doesn’t know about her affair, she decides that she has already said too much and has to reveal the truth. This is the moment in which Christopher finds out that his mother was having an affair with Mr. Shears, an essential piece of information that leads to the unraveling of Christopher’s life as he knows it. Mrs. Alexander, a kind old lady, doesn’t feel she can say what she means outright, instead calling Judy and Mr. Shears “very good friends.” Christopher, who usually doesn’t understand implied meanings, catches on surprisingly quickly, responding in his usual blunt style. This forces the reader to wonder whether Christopher might have, on some unconscious level, already known this information about his mother.

This is an important moment in Christopher’s process of growing up, as he learns an awful truth about his mother, and its repercussions will force him to face an unraveling strand of lies.

Chapter 109 Quotes

But I don’t feel sad about it. Because Mother is dead. And because Mr. Shears isn’t around any more. So I would be feeling sad about something that isn’t real and doesn’t exist. And that would be stupid.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother), Siobhan, Roger Shears
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:

Christopher tells Siobhan this after she reads his account of Mrs. Alexander’s revelation concerning his mother. Siobhan is worried that Christopher might be upset about it, even if he isn’t acknowledging his feelings to himself. However, Christopher insists that it would be stupid to feel sad about the situation. He manages to an admirable extent to live in the present moment, as he argues for the irrationality of being upset by saying that since the affair is over and his mother is dead, it’s now irrelevant to his life. This attitude also relates to his need for logic and facts. He says the affair “doesn’t exist,” which is, in theory, true, because he believes it’s now nothing more than an intangible memory. As something that’s now only thought of, the affair ends up in a similar category as lies, which Christopher avoids thinking about. However, the information about the affair will soon have tangible consequences, and Christopher will be forced to consider it more deeply.

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Roger Shears Character Timeline in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The timeline below shows where the character Roger Shears appears in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 67
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...that most murders are committed by someone the victim knows, his prime suspect should be Mr. Shears , since he’s the only person Christopher knows of who doesn’t like Mrs. Shears. Mr.... (full context)
Chapter 79
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...continuing to pursue the mystery of Wellington’s death. Christopher tells his father his suspicion that Mr. Shears killed the dog, and Ed gets even angrier with Christopher for mentioning Mr. Shears. He... (full context)
Chapter 89
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...tells Siobhan about Mr. and Mrs. Shears, and she guesses that Ed might not like Mr. Shears because he hurt Mrs. Shears by leaving. Christopher points out that his father doesn’t like... (full context)
Chapter 97
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...the specific things his father made him promise to avoid don’t cover asking questions about Mr. Shears , so he asks Mrs. Alexander what she knows about him. She quickly realizes that... (full context)
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Christopher begins to speculate that Mr. Shears had something to do with his mother’s death. Mrs. Alexander seems shocked. She suggests they... (full context)
Chapter 109
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...and Siobhan reads it. She asks him about Mrs. Alexander’s revelation about his mother and Mr. Shears . He assures her that he’s not going to tell his father about it, and... (full context)
Chapter 149
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...getting a job as a secretary and moving to a new flat with someone named Roger. She apologizes for not writing in a long time, and hopes that Christopher won’t stay... (full context)
Chapter 157
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Arguments like this were frequent, and eventually Judy began spending more time with Roger Shears, their neighbor, because she felt like she could talk to him. Mr. and Mrs.... (full context)
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When Mr. Shears asked Judy to come with him to a new job in London, she decided it... (full context)
Chapter 227
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...he hears his mother arguing with a man, and when they appear he realizes it’s Mr. Shears . Christopher greets his mother and in her shocked delight at seeing him, she hugs... (full context)
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...middle of the night, he wakes to hear his father shouting at his mother and Mr. Shears . Judy and Ed argue about Ed lying to Christopher. Ed says that writing letters... (full context)
Chapter 233
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The morning after Christopher arrives at his mother’s flat, he has breakfast with her and Mr. Shears . Mr. Shears talks about Christopher as though he can’t hear, saying that it’s not... (full context)
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...to take his A level, but Judy is trying to deal with both Ed and Roger’s anger, and tells Christopher that he’ll take the exam later. Christopher is very worried about... (full context)
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The day after, Judy has Mr. Shears get Christopher some books about science and math, but they’re all too simplistic for Christopher.... (full context)
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The morning after this, Judy packs two suitcases, and she and Christopher take Mr. Shears ’ car and drive to Swindon, because Judy thinks someone was going to get hurt... (full context)
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...Siobhan helps Christopher relax before he takes the next part of his exam. That night, Mr. Shears comes to the house, throws Judy’s belongings onto the sidewalk, and takes his car. As... (full context)