The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher John Francis Boone Character Analysis

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 spectrum. As a result, he experiences and deals with the world in a different way than most people. For example, he notices and remembers everything he sees, which makes new places extremely overwhelming. He doesn’t like being around people because he has trouble understanding body language and facial expressions, as well as figures of speech. He prefers to be alone in small spaces, and he loves math, logic, and the universe. He excels in math and science, so he plans to take the Maths A level exam, go to university, and become a scientist. Over the course of the book, as Christopher faces changes in his life and has to reevaluate his relationships with his parents, he faces a number of situations that he wouldn’t have imagined facing at the beginning, and he navigates them with eventual success. As a result, Christopher grows quite a bit over the course of the novel, and at the end he feels much more equipped to face his future adult life than he did at the beginning.

Christopher John Francis Boone 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 Christopher John Francis Boone or refer to Christopher John Francis Boone. 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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Chapter 7 Quotes

This is a murder mystery novel.

Siobhan said that I should write something I would want to read myself. Mostly I read books about science and maths. I do not like proper novels...

But I do like murder mystery novels. So I am writing a murder mystery novel.

In a murder mystery novel someone has to work out who the murderer is and then catch them. It is a puzzle. If it is a good puzzle you can sometimes work out the answer before the end of the book.

Siobhan said that the book should begin with something to grab people’s attention. That is why I started with the dog.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Siobhan, Wellington
Page Number: 4-5
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Chapter 29 Quotes

The word metaphor means carrying something from one place to another... and it is when you describe something by using a word for something that it isn’t...

I think it should be called a lie because a pig is not like a day and people do not have skeletons in their cupboards. And when I try and make a picture of the phrase in my head it just confuses me because imagining an apple in someone’s eye doesn’t have anything to do with liking someone a lot and it makes you forget what the person was talking about.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 37 Quotes

A lie is when you say something happened which didn’t happen. But there is only ever one thing which happened at a particular time and a particular place. And there are an infinite number of things which didn’t happen at that time and that place. And if I think about something which didn’t happen I start thinking about all the other things which didn’t happen.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 19
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Chapter 67 Quotes

It takes me a long time to get used to people I do not know. For example, when there is a new member of staff at school I do not talk to them for weeks and weeks. I just watch them until I know that they are safe. Then I ask them questions about themselves, like whether they have pets and what is their favorite color and what do they know about the Apollo space missions and I get them to draw a plan of their house and I ask them what kind of car they drive, so I get to know them...

So talking to the other people in our street was brave. But if you are going to do detective work you have to be brave, so I had no choice.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 35
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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
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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
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Chapter 107 Quotes

I also like The Hound of the Baskervilles because I like Sherlock Holmes and I think that if I were a proper detective he is the kind of detective I would be. He is very intelligent and he solves the mystery and he says

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.

But he notices them, like I do. Also it says in the book

Sherlock Holmes had, in a very remarkable degree, the power of detaching his mind at will.

And this is like me, too, because if I get really interested in something... I don’t notice anything else...

Also Sherlock Holmes doesn’t believe in the supernatural, which is God and fairy tales and Hounds of Hell and curses, which are stupid things.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Related Symbols: Sherlock Holmes
Page Number: 73-74
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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
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Chapter 131 Quotes

Mrs. Forbes said that hating yellow and brown is just being silly. And Siobhan said that she shouldn’t say things like that and everyone has favorite colors. And Siobhan was right. But Mrs. Forbes was a bit right, too. Because it is sort of being silly. But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don’t take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others. It is like being in a restaurant... and you look at the menu and you have to choose what you are going to have... so you have favorite foods and you choose these, and you have foods you don’t like and you don’t choose these, and then it is simple.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Siobhan, Mrs. Forbes
Page Number: 85
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Chapter 137 Quotes

And Father said, “Christopher, do you understand that I love you?”

And I said “Yes,” because loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth, and Father looks after me when I get into trouble, like coming to the police station, and he looks after me by cooking meals for me, and he always tells the truth, which means that he loves me.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) (speaker)
Page Number: 87
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Chapter 157 Quotes

And I couldn’t walk properly for a month, do you remember, and your father had to look after you. And I remember looking at the two of you and seeing you together and thinking how you were really different with him. Much calmer. And you didn’t shout at one another. And it made me so sad because it was like you didn’t really need me at all.

Related Characters: Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother) (speaker), Christopher John Francis Boone, Ed Boone (Christopher’s father)
Page Number: 108-109
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Mother had not had a heart attack. Mother had not died. Mother had been alive all the time. And Father had lied about this.

I tried really hard to think if there was any other explanation but I couldn’t think of one. And then I couldn’t think of anything at all because my brain wasn’t working properly.

I felt giddy. It was like the room was swinging from side to side, as if it was at the top of a really tall building and the building was swinging backward and forward in a strong wind (this is a simile, too). But I knew that the room couldn’t be swinging backward and forward, so it must have been something which was happening inside my head.

I rolled onto the bed and curled up in a ball.

My stomach hurt.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother)
Page Number: 112-13
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Chapter 163 Quotes

And this is why people’s brains are like computers. And it’s not because they are special but because they have to keep turning off for fractions of a second while the screen changes. And because there is something they can’t see people think it has to be special, because people always think there is something special about what they can’t see...

Also people think they’re not computers because they have feelings and computers don’t have feelings. But feelings are just having a picture on the screen in your head of what is going to happen tomorrow or next year, or what might have happened instead of what did happen, and if it is a happy picture they smile and if it is a sad picture they cry.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 118-19
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Chapter 167 Quotes

I want you to know that you can trust me. And... OK, maybe I don’t tell the truth all the time. God knows, I try, Christopher, God knows I do, but... Life is difficult, you know. It’s bloody hard telling the truth all the time. Sometimes it’s impossible. And I want you to know that I’m trying, I really am. And perhaps this is not a very good time to say this, and I know you’re not going to like it, but... You have to know that I am going to tell you the truth from now on. About everything. Because... if you don’t tell the truth now, then later on... later on it hurts even more. So.... I killed Wellington, Christopher.

Related Characters: Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) (speaker), Christopher John Francis Boone, Wellington
Related Symbols: Dogs
Page Number: 120
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I had to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington. That meant he could murder me, because I couldn’t trust him, even though he had said “Trust me,” because he had told a lie about a big thing.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father), Wellington
Related Symbols: Dogs
Page Number: 122
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Chapter 173 Quotes

People say that Orion is called Orion because Orion was a hunter and the constellation looks like a hunter with a club and a bow and arrow...

But this is really silly because it is just stars, and you could join up the dots in any way you wanted, and you could make it look like a lady with an umbrella who is waving, or the coffeemaker which Mrs. Shears has, which is from Italy, with a handle and steam coming out, or like a dinosaur...

And anyway, Orion is not a hunter or a coffeemaker or a dinosaur. It is just Betelgeuse and Bellatrix and Alnilam and Rigel and 17 other stars I don’t know the names of. And they are nuclear explosions billions of miles away.

And that is the truth.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Related Symbols: Stars
Page Number: 125
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Chapter 181 Quotes

I see everything.

That is why I don’t like new places. If I am in a place I know, like home, or school, or the bus, or the shop, or the street, I have seen almost everything in it beforehand and all I have to do is to look at the things that have changed or moved...

But most people are lazy. They never look at everything. They do what is called glancing, which is the same word for bumping off something and carrying on in almost the same direction... And the information in their head is really simple...

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 140
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Chapter 193 Quotes

Because time is not like space. And when you put something down somewhere, like a protractor or a biscuit, you can have a map in your head to tell you where you have left it, but even if you don’t have a map it will still be there because a map is a representation of things that actually exist so you can find the protractor or the biscuit again. And a timetable is a map of time, except that if you don’t have a timetable time is not there like the landing and the garden and the route to school. Because time is only the relationship between the way different things change, like the earth going round the sun and atoms vibrating and clocks ticking and day and night and waking up and going to sleep...

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 156-57
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Chapter 223 Quotes

And Siobhan says people go on holidays to see new things and relax, but it wouldn’t make me relaxed and you can see new things by looking at earth under a microscope or drawing the shape of the solid made when 3 circular rods of equal thickness intersect at right angles. And I think that there are so many things just in one house that it would take years to think about all of them properly. And, also, a thing is interesting because of thinking about it and not because of being new.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Siobhan
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 227 Quotes

And then I saw Toby, and he was also in the lower-down bit where the rails were.... So I climbed down off the concrete...

...And then I heard the roaring and I lifted Toby up and grabbed him with both hands and he bit me on my thumb and there was blood coming out and I shouted and Toby tried to jump out of my hands.

And then the roaring got louder and I turned round and I saw the train coming out of the tunnel and I was going to be run over and killed so I tried to climb up onto the concrete but it was high and I was holding Toby in both my hands.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Toby
Page Number: 182
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And then she made a loud wailing noise like an animal on a nature program on television.

And I didn’t like her doing this because it was a loud noise, and I said, “Why are you doing that?”

And she didn’t say anything for a while, and then she said, “Oh, Christopher, I’m so sorry.”

And I said, “It’s not your fault.”

And then she said, “Bastard. The bastard.”

And then, after a while, she said, “Christopher, let me hold your hand. Just for once. Just for me. Will you? I won’t hold it hard,” and she held out her hand.

And I said, “I don’t like people holding my hand.”

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother) (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father)
Page Number: 193-94
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And Mother shouted, “What in God’s name did you think you were playing at, saying those things to him?”

And Father shouted, “What was I playing at? You were the one that bloody left.”

And Mother shouted, “So you decided to just wipe me out of his life altogether?... I wrote to him every week. Every week.”

And Father shouted, “Wrote to him? What the fuck use is writing to him?... I cooked his meals. I cleaned his clothes. I looked after him every weekend. I looked after him when he was ill. I took him to the doctor. I worried myself sick every time he wandered off somewhere at night. I went to school every time he got in a fight. And you? What? You wrote him some fucking letters.”

And Mother shouted, “So you thought it was OK to tell him his mother was dead?”

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) (speaker), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother) (speaker)
Page Number: 196-97
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Chapter 229 Quotes

And in the dream nearly everyone on the earth is dead, because they have caught a virus.... And people catch it because of the meaning of something an infected person says and the meaning of what they do with their faces when they say it...

And eventually there is no one left in the world except people who don’t look at other people’s faces... and these people are all special people like me. And they like being on their own and I hardly ever see them...

And I can go anywhere in the world and I know that no one is going to talk to me or touch me or ask me a question. But if I don’t want to go anywhere I don’t have to, and I can stay at home and eat broccoli and oranges and licorice laces all the time...

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker)
Page Number: 198-99
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Chapter 233 Quotes

...Father said, “Christopher, look... You have to learn to trust me... And I don’t care how long it takes... Because this is important. This is more important than anything else... Let’s call it a project....You have to spend more time with me. And I... I have to show you that you can trust me... And, um... I’ve got you a present. To show you that I really mean what I say. And to say sorry. And because... well, you’ll see what I mean.”

Then he got out of the armchair and he walked over to the kitchen door and opened it and there was a big cardboard box on the floor... and he took a little sandy-colored dog out.

Then he came back through and gave me the dog...

Then Father said, “Christopher, I would never, ever do anything to hurt you.”

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) (speaker), Sandy
Related Symbols: Dogs
Page Number: 218-19
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And then, when I’ve done that, I am going to go to university in another town... And I can live in a flat with a garden and a proper toilet. And I can take Sandy and my books and my computer.

And then I will get a First Class Honors degree and I will become a scientist.

And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.

Related Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone (speaker), Judy Boone (Christopher’s mother), Wellington, Sandy
Related Symbols: Dogs, Maths A Level
Page Number: 220-21
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Chapter 2
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The story opens in Swindon, England, just after midnight, when Christopher discovers Wellington, his neighbor’s dog, lying dead on her lawn with a pitchfork stabbed through... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Christopher introduces himself, informing the reader that he knows a lot about geography and prime numbers.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Christopher takes the pitchfork out of the dog and hugs him. He likes dogs because they’re... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Christopher declares this novel, which he’s writing, to be a murder mystery. He doesn’t like many... (full context)
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Siobhan tells Christopher that this mystery is different than most because a dog, rather than a human, is... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Back in Mrs. Shears’ yard, the police arrive. Christopher generally likes the police because he knows what they’re supposed to do. One of the... (full context)
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Christopher declares that his book will not be funny, because he doesn’t understand jokes. He gives... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The policeman tells Christopher he is arresting him, which makes Christopher feel better because it’s exactly what policemen are... (full context)
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Christopher explains that the Milky Way exists because the galaxy is shaped like a disc. Then... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Christopher explains that his chapters are numbered with prime numbers only, simply because he likes prime... (full context)
Chapter 23
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At the police station, Christopher has to empty his pockets of a number of items, including a Swiss Army Knife.... (full context)
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Christopher rather likes the cell, a perfect two-meter cube. He begins to figure out how he... (full context)
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Christopher wonders whether Mrs. Shears has told the police that he killed Wellington, and if she’ll... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Christopher finds people confusing because they use body language that he doesn’t naturally understand the way... (full context)
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Christopher’s own name is a metaphor that means “carrying Christ,” because St. Christopher carried Christ across... (full context)
Chapter 31
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At 1:12 a.m., Christopher’s father, Ed, arrives at the police station, and Christopher hears him shouting at the policemen.... (full context)
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The policeman leads them to another room, where he questions Christopher about the events of the night. Christopher initially says that he did mean to hit... (full context)
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Christopher receives a caution, which means that he won’t be punished now, but if he gets... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Christopher doesn’t tell lies, not because he’s a good person, as his mother said, but simply... (full context)
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Christopher can’t tell lies because only one thing ever happens in a certain time and place,... (full context)
Chapter 41
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In the car on the way home, Christopher apologizes for making his father come to the police station, and tells him he didn’t... (full context)
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At home, Christopher feeds his pet rat, Toby, and plays computer games, only missing his record time by... (full context)
Chapter 43
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Christopher’s mother, Judy, died two years before. One day when Christopher came home from school, no... (full context)
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Christopher wanted to bring his mother food, but Ed said he would buy some and bring... (full context)
Chapter 47
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On the bus the day after Wellington’s death, Christopher sees four red cars in a row. He determines how good or bad his days... (full context)
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Christopher told Mr. Jeavons that he wants to become an astronaut, and Mr. Jeavons replied that... (full context)
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Because the cars indicated it’s a good day, Christopher plans to investigate Wellington’s death. He mentions this intention to Siobhan, who suggests that he... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...she went to the hospital. Ed had said that she seemed to be improving, and Christopher had not gone to see her. He had, however, sent a get-well card he had... (full context)
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Judy died of an unexpected heart attack. Christopher was surprised, because he knows a lot about the types of heart attacks and what... (full context)
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...mother died, Mrs. Shears came over to cook dinner, comforted Ed, and played Scrabble with Christopher, who won. (full context)
Chapter 59
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Christopher decides to try to solve the mystery of Wellington’s death even though his father has... (full context)
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That evening, Christopher knocks on Mrs. Shears’ door. She tells him she doesn’t want to see him, but... (full context)
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Christopher sneaks around to Mrs. Shears’ garden shed. It’s locked, but through the window he can... (full context)
Chapter 61
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...death, one of the teachers at school told him his mother was in heaven. However, Christopher doesn’t believe in heaven. Reverend Peters, a churchman at school, once told him that heaven... (full context)
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In fact, Christopher says, death simply means that a person’s body rots and becomes part of the earth.... (full context)
Chapter 67
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The next day, Ed is watching a soccer match on television, so Christopher decides to ask his neighbors whether they know anything about Wellington’s death. He doesn’t usually... (full context)
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Christopher feels brave for talking to his neighbors. He makes a map of the street, then... (full context)
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Next, Christopher talks to a black woman who’s nicer to him, but who didn’t see anything suspicious... (full context)
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Christopher then goes to Mr. Wise’s house. Mr. Wise laughs at him, so Christopher leaves. He... (full context)
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...she doesn’t know who the culprit is, she tries to engage him in friendly conversation. Christopher makes an attempt to chat even though he’s not very good at it. Mrs. Alexander... (full context)
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Christopher decides that, due to the fact that most murders are committed by someone the victim... (full context)
Chapter 71
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Christopher thinks that all the other students at his school are stupid, even though he’s supposed... (full context)
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Christopher is going to prove his intelligence by getting a top grade on the Maths A... (full context)
Chapter 73
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Christopher used to think that his parents would get divorced, because they argued so often about... (full context)
Chapter 79
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When Christopher returns from questioning his neighbors, he only tells his father that he was “out,” which... (full context)
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Ed is angry with Christopher for continuing to pursue the mystery of Wellington’s death. Christopher tells his father his suspicion... (full context)
Chapter 83
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Christopher would like to be an astronaut, and he thinks he would be good at it... (full context)
Chapter 89
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Back at school, Christopher shows Siobhan what he’s written so far and tells her he has to stop his... (full context)
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Christopher sees four yellow cars both of the next two days, so they’re “Black Days” and... (full context)
Chapter 97
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A few days later, Christopher sees five red cars in a row, so he knows something special is going to... (full context)
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Christopher makes friends with Mrs. Alexander’s dog outside the shop, and Mrs. Alexander tries again to... (full context)
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Christopher decides that he has to take risks as a detective, and the specific things his... (full context)
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Christopher begins to speculate that Mr. Shears had something to do with his mother’s death. Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 101
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Mr. Jeavons, the school psychologist, has said that Christopher likes math because there’s always a clear answer, unlike in life. Christopher doesn’t agree. He... (full context)
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...professors and mathematicians, wrote angrily to the magazine, refusing to accept the answer she gave. Christopher explains why she was right, using both an equation and a chart of possible outcomes... (full context)
Chapter 103
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When Christopher gets home from the park, Ed’s employee and friend Rhodri is over for a drink.... (full context)
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Christopher goes into the garden and decides to write a description of it, because Siobhan has... (full context)
Chapter 107
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The Hound of the Baskervilles is Christopher’s favorite book. This Sherlock Holmes novel is about an old British family, the Baskervilles, who... (full context)
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There are parts of the story that Christopher doesn’t like. There’s an old scroll written in archaic language that he doesn’t understand, and... (full context)
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Christopher likes the book because it’s a detective story, including clues and red herrings, which appear... (full context)
Chapter 109
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Christopher brings his book to school the next day, and Siobhan reads it. She asks him... (full context)
Chapter 113
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Christopher’s memory works like a video camera, and if someone asks about his mother, he can... (full context)
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When Christopher sees someone he doesn’t recognize, he searches his memories to see if anything about them... (full context)
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Unlike Christopher, other people have pictures in their minds of things that haven’t actually happened. His mother... (full context)
Chapter 127
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When Christopher gets home from school, his father is still at work. Christopher leaves his book on... (full context)
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...says hello and goes into the kitchen. A little while later, he comes back to Christopher holding Christopher’s book, which he has read. He asks whether Christopher really talked to Mrs.... (full context)
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Christopher hits his father again and again, and his memories black out temporarily. When he becomes... (full context)
Chapter 131
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Christopher hates yellow because of custard, bananas, double yellow lines, yellow fever, yellow flowers (which give... (full context)
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Mrs. Forbes, one of the teachers, told Christopher that it was silly to hate yellow and brown. Siobhan, on the other hand, said... (full context)
Chapter 137
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The next day, Christopher’s father apologizes for hitting him and announces they’re going to Twycross Zoo. There shouldn’t be... (full context)
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Christopher and Ed eat lunch in the zoo café. Ed reminds Christopher that he loves him,... (full context)
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Christopher draws a map of the zoo from memory. He and Ed go look at the... (full context)
Chapter 139
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Christopher thinks this story shows that sometimes people are willfully blind to the truth. Furthermore, it... (full context)
Chapter 149
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At school on Monday, Siobhan notices the bruise on Christopher’s face, and wants to know if his father hit him. Christopher isn’t sure because his... (full context)
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When Christopher gets home, he looks in the trashcan and the garden waste bin for his book,... (full context)
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As Christopher hears the door of Ed’s van close, he notices a number of envelopes underneath the... (full context)
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Ed doesn’t see Christopher come out of his room, so Christopher goes into his own room and hides the... (full context)
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Christopher decides he can open the envelope, since it’s addressed to him. There’s a letter inside... (full context)
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Ed comes into the bedroom, and Christopher says he’s reading a letter. Ed tells him about a TV show he might want... (full context)
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Christopher thinks that phenomena that seem supernatural can be explained, but no one knows how to... (full context)
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...things that seem mysterious aren’t at all. For example, there’s a pond with frogs at Christopher’s school. The frog population changes year to year, apparently randomly. In fact, however, there’s a... (full context)
Chapter 157
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The day after Christopher finds the letter, a classmate named Joseph defecates all over the changing room at school... (full context)
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Four days later, it rains, and Christopher watches it and thinks about water traveling all around the world and connecting different places.... (full context)
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Christopher returns to Ed’s bedroom and finds 43 letters addressed to him. In the first letter... (full context)
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In the second letter, Christopher’s mother explains why she left him. She doesn’t think she’s a very good mother, because... (full context)
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...to him. Mr. and Mrs. Shears weren’t in love anymore, and soon Mr. Shears and Christopher’s mother fell in love. Mr. Shears wanted Judy to leave Ed, but she couldn’t leave... (full context)
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One evening, Judy and Christopher got into an argument because Christopher had refused to eat for days. Both of them... (full context)
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...it would be best for everyone if she went. She meant to explain everything to Christopher then, but Ed forbade her from talking to him. She didn’t want to hurt Christopher,... (full context)
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In the third letter, Judy says that she’s been writing to Christopher every week. She’s gotten a job as a secretary at a company that appraises houses.... (full context)
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...fourth letter, Judy writes about going to the dentist to get two teeth pulled. When Christopher got a tooth pulled, they had to put him to sleep so that he’d let... (full context)
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Christopher suddenly has to stop reading the letters, because he feels sick. He’s realized that his... (full context)
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Ed comes into the room, sees the letters, and realizes what has happened. He touches Christopher, and it doesn’t hurt the way it usually does. Ed apologizes and begins to cry,... (full context)
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When Christopher first started school, his teacher was named Julie. Julie asked him what he thought was... (full context)
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...like a computer. In fact, people are essentially always looking at screens in their minds. Christopher saw an experiment on TV in which pieces of a screen of type changed very... (full context)
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After Ed gives Christopher a bath, he tries to get Christopher some food, but Christopher won’t speak. Ed goes... (full context)
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...order to keep this promise, Ed admits that he was the one who killed Wellington. Christopher wonders if he’s joking, but Ed goes on to explain. Mrs. Shears helped out a... (full context)
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Christopher becomes frightened. Ed tries to touch his hand in their way that symbolizes hugging, but... (full context)
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Christopher waits a couple of hours and then sneaks downstairs with his Swiss Army Knife. He... (full context)
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Sitting in the passageway next to Mrs. Shears’ house, Christopher sees a rusty metal lid on the ground that reminds him of the surface of... (full context)
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Christopher makes a plan. He goes to Mrs. Alexander’s house and asks her to take care... (full context)
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Christopher smashes a window to get into his locked house. He gathers food and clothing. He... (full context)
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Christopher decides he has to ask a stranger how to get to the train station. He... (full context)
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Christopher loses the bus and finds himself in a street with shops. He can’t think because... (full context)
Chapter 181
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Christopher explains that he sees all the little details around him, which is why he doesn’t... (full context)
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Christopher draws the exact patterns of a cow he saw in the field, which reminds him... (full context)
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When Christopher goes somewhere new, his brain gets overloaded by everything he has to see. It’s even... (full context)
Chapter 191
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Christopher realizes that the real train station has a different layout than the one in his... (full context)
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To clear his head, Christopher does a math problem called Conway’s Soldiers. The problem involves a chess board that extends... (full context)
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Christopher finally looks up to find a policeman talking to him. The man says that Christopher... (full context)
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A man with dreadlocks is buying tickets and is impolite to Christopher when Christopher interrupts. When the man leaves, Christopher pretends he’s playing a computer game to... (full context)
Chapter 193
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Christopher likes timetables because he likes knowing what will happen when. He provides his timetable for... (full context)
Chapter 197
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The train Christopher gets on is crowded. It reminds him of a time when his mother gave two... (full context)
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...policeman shows up on the train, because Ed has come to the station looking for Christopher. Christopher tries to run away because he doesn’t want the policeman to take him back... (full context)
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Christopher looks out the window of the train. At first there are too many objects for... (full context)
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When Christopher opens his eyes, the policeman is reading a newspaper. Christopher solves quadratic equations in his... (full context)
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When Christopher leaves the bathroom, he climbs onto a luggage shelf and closes himself in with a... (full context)
Chapter 199
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Christopher says that people believe in God because they want some way to explain how everything... (full context)
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As the train makes more stops, Christopher begins to worry that he’s going to stay on too long and miss London, but... (full context)
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Christopher finds himself in a huge, loud train station. He’s overwhelmed at first, but he imagines... (full context)
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Christopher makes his hand into a tube and looks through it so that he can only... (full context)
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Christopher pretends all the people around him are cows and walks to the escalators holding onto... (full context)
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Christopher sees a sign showing all the stops on the Bakerloo Line, including Willesden Junction, where... (full context)
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Christopher ends up in another, smaller station in a tunnel. He reads the advertisements on the... (full context)
Chapter 223
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Christopher describes the advertisement that’s on the wall of the train station, because Siobhan told him... (full context)
Chapter 227
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Sitting in the station, Christopher keeps his eyes closed. He hears the trains like a rhythm, and he imagines that... (full context)
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Christopher notices that Toby is missing and begins to worry he might get run over by... (full context)
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Christopher gets up to look for Toby. He sees some mice down by the rails, and... (full context)
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Another train comes and the man and the woman both get on. Christopher decides to get on a train, but he doesn’t like being in such a small... (full context)
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Christopher gets off the train at Willesden Junction. Everyone leaves the platform except a drunk man... (full context)
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Christopher sits against the wall and figures out how the atlas works. He finds his mother’s... (full context)
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No one answers when Christopher rings his mother’s doorbell, so he sit down to wait. It starts to rain. Eventually... (full context)
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The three of them go into the flat. Christopher explores and makes a mental map to help him feel safe. Judy has Christopher take... (full context)
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Once Christopher is dressed, he hears a strange voice arguing at the door. It’s a policeman, and... (full context)
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Christopher has dinner and goes to sleep. In the middle of the night, he wakes to... (full context)
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As Christopher sleeps, he has one of favorite dreams, which he has often. In the dream, almost... (full context)
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In the dream, Christopher can go anywhere he wants, do whatever he wants, and not have to deal with... (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... (full context)
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Judy and Christopher go to a department store to get him new clothes, but there are too many... (full context)
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When Judy comes home, Christopher tells her that he has to return to Swindon to take his Maths A level.... (full context)
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That night, Christopher looks for the stars, but there are too many clouds and too much light pollution.... (full context)
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Christopher spends the next day in the flat. The day after that, Judy gets fired from... (full context)
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The next day, Christopher tries to tell what kind of day it will be by watching the cars outside... (full context)
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That afternoon, Christopher’s mother takes him to Hampstead Heath, a park. She tells him that she’s called the... (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. He hasn’t... (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... (full context)
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When they get to the house in Swindon, no one is home. Christopher plays computer games, and his time is far worse than his best time. In the... (full context)
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The next day, Judy and Christopher are about to get in the car to go to school when Mrs. Shears emerges... (full context)
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Reverend Peters comes that same afternoon to proctor the exam. When Christopher first looks at the questions, he can’t figure out any of them. He wants to... (full context)
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That evening, Ed comes back to the house. Christopher is frightened, so he lies out in the yard and looks at the stars. Ed... (full context)
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The next day, Siobhan helps Christopher relax before he takes the next part of his exam. That night, Mr. Shears comes... (full context)
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The following day, Christopher takes the last part of his exam. He wants to write how he solved his... (full context)
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That evening, Ed comes to the house to ask Christopher how the exam went. Judy pleads with him to answer Ed’s questions, so Christopher tells... (full context)
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...she has to leave the flat, but she doesn’t have the money to do so. Christopher wants to know if the police will arrest Ed for killing Wellington, but Judy says... (full context)
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Christopher is worried about his exam results. He doesn’t know what the future holds. Siobhan tells... (full context)
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Christopher has to go to his father’s house after school, before his mother finishes work. He... (full context)
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One day, when Judy comes to pick Christopher up at Ed’s house, Ed asks to talk to Christopher. Christopher doesn’t want him to,... (full context)
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...hits a tree near Ed’s house, and men cut it up and take it away. Christopher finds out he got an A on his Maths A level, and he’s very happy.... (full context)
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Christopher buys a book to study for the next A level test in math, and he... (full context)