The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Mark Haddon

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Characters

Christopher John Francis Boone

Christopher is the fifteen-year-old narrator of the novel, which he is writing for school. Although it’s not mentioned in the book, it’s likely that Christopher has Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a condition on the autism… read analysis of Christopher John Francis Boone

Ed Boone (Christopher’s father)

Ed, Christopher’s father, runs a heating maintenance and boiler repair business. Although Judy thinks of him as being very even-tempered with Christopher, he does kill Wellington out of anger and gets angry with Christopher… read analysis of Ed Boone (Christopher’s father)

Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother)

Judy is Christopher’s mother, who works as a secretary. Christopher believes her dead for two years before finding her letters to him hidden in his father’s cupboard. In fact, Judy couldn’t handle the stress… read analysis of Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother)


Christopher’s main teacher. Siobhan is one of the few people whom Christopher completely trusts. She helps him understand the way other people act, and she seems to understand more than almost anyone how his… read analysis of Siobhan

Mrs. Alexander

Mrs. Alexander is a kind neighbor of Christopher’s. He first meets her when he’s asking his neighbors for information about Wellington’s death, and she expresses interest in his life and invites him in… read analysis of Mrs. Alexander
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Roger Shears

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 analysis of Roger Shears
Minor Characters
Eileen Shears
Mrs. Shears owns Wellington, the dog that dies at the beginning of the novel. She is often unsympathetic to Christopher, particularly after Wellington’s death. She helped Ed out after Judy ran away with Mr. Shears, but she did not respond positively to Ed’s desire for a relationship.
Christopher’s pet rat. Christopher is very attached to Toby, and feels it necessary to bring Toby with him to London. As Christopher grows up over the course of the book, the reader more often sees him taking particular care for Toby’s well-being.
Mr. Jeavons
The psychologist at Christopher’s school. Mr. Jeavons asks Christopher many questions about his reasons for acting in certain ways, and sometimes makes conclusions about Christopher’s rationales that Christopher himself doesn’t agree with.
Mrs. Gascoyne
The principal of Christopher’s school. She initially objects to having Christopher take the Maths A level, but gives in once Ed gets angry with her.
Reverend Peters
A man of the church who tries to convince Christopher that heaven exists. He also administers Christopher’s A level exam.
Rhodri works for Ed and sometimes spends time with him at Ed and Christopher’s house. Rhodri asks Christopher to multiply large numbers and frequently laughs at him, which Christopher doesn’t appreciate.
Mr. Thompson’s brother
One of Christopher’s neighbors, whom he asks for information about Wellington’s death.
Mr. Wise
One of Christopher’s neighbors, whom he asks for information about Wellington’s death.
Uncle Terry
Christopher’s uncle, who once saw a ghost in a shop.
Mrs. Forbes
A teacher at Christopher’s school.
Joseph Fleming
A boy at Christopher’s school who eats everything he can get his hands on, including his own poop.
Christopher’s first teacher.
Mrs. Shearsdog, whose murder sets off the action of the novel.
A new puppy given to Christopher by Ed as a way of trying to rebuild his trust.