The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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 quite often as Christopher investigates the murder. Ed hopes to start a life with Mrs. Shears after Judy and Mr. Shears run away together, but this does not work out, which makes him bitter. He advocates for Christopher to be able to take the Maths A level, and he tries hard to let Christopher live his life in whatever way works for Christopher. For example, he lets Christopher eat what he wants, since Christopher will otherwise stop eating altogether. Ed tries to do his best for Christopher, but he fails him particularly in dealing with Judy’s departure. Ed lies to Christopher, telling him that Judy has died, and hiding her letters to him. Ed later heartily regrets this decision, but he has already lost Christopher’s hard-earned trust. At the end of the book, he works to regain this trust, and begins to succeed by giving Christopher a dog.

Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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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
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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 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 227 Quotes

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 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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Ed Boone (Christopher’s father) Character Timeline in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Chapter 23
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...watch, but let him keep it when he screams at them. He gives the police his father ’s phone number, and they put him in a jail cell. (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. Eventually, a... (full context)
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...trouble again, circumstances will be more serious. He’s given his possessions back, and he and his father go home. (full context)
Chapter 41
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...making his father come to the police station, and tells him he didn’t kill Wellington. Ed tells Christopher to stay out of other people’s business, but Christopher insists that a murder... (full context)
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...his record time by three seconds. He eventually goes downstairs for a drink and finds Ed crying. Christopher assumes he’s sad about Wellington’s death and decides to let him grieve alone. (full context)
Chapter 43
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...years before. One day when Christopher came home from school, no one was there. When Ed got home, he asked whether Christopher had seen his mother and then made a number... (full context)
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Christopher wanted to bring his mother food, but Ed said he would buy some and bring it to her when Christopher was at school.... (full context)
Chapter 47
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...named Terry once told him he would only get a job doing menial labor, but Ed said that Terry was only jealous of Christopher’s intelligence. Christopher plans to study math and... (full context)
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Judy died two weeks after she went to the hospital. Ed had said that she seemed to be improving, and Christopher had not gone to see... (full context)
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After his 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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...confusingly vague instructions and because people constantly break rules, like driving over the speed limit. Ed told him to “stay out of other people’s business,” but people’s business could mean anything.... (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... (full context)
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...can think of anyone who doesn’t like Mrs. Shears, and she suggests he talk to his father —and tells him to be careful. (full context)
Chapter 71
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...by getting a top grade on the Maths A level exam, a university qualifying exam. His father had to argue with the principal, Mrs. Gascoyne, to get her to allow Christopher to... (full context)
Chapter 79
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...white lie, because he’s not telling the entire truth. However, Mrs. Shears has already called Ed and told him what Christopher was doing. (full context)
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Ed is angry with Christopher for continuing to pursue the mystery of Wellington’s death. Christopher tells... (full context)
Chapter 89
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...on the loose. He 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... (full context)
Chapter 97
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...again to chat with him. Christopher is being very careful so that he doesn’t disobey his father ’s instructions to leave the neighbors alone. He tells her about what he likes, and... (full context)
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Christopher decides that he has to take risks as a detective, and the specific things his father made him promise to avoid don’t cover asking questions about Mr. Shears, so he asks... (full context)
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...she carefully reveals that Christopher’s mother had an affair with Mr. Shears, and that’s why Ed hates him. Christopher leaves because he’s scared of being in the park with Mrs. Alexander. (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. Christopher tells his dad another white... (full context)
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...no idea what the right answer is. Rhodri laughs at him, as he often does. Ed offers to heat up some Indian food for Christopher, who puts red food coloring in... (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 the kitchen table while he watches... (full context)
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When Ed gets home, he says hello and goes into the kitchen. A little while later, he... (full context)
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...his memories black out temporarily. When he becomes aware of himself again, both he and Ed are hurt. Ed goes outside and throws Christopher’s book into the trashcan, and then gets... (full context)
Chapter 137
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Christopher and Ed eat lunch in the zoo café. Ed reminds Christopher that he loves him, and even... (full context)
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Christopher draws a map of the zoo from memory. He and Ed go look at the giraffes, and then they head home. (full context)
Chapter 149
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...isn’t sure because his memory of the fight is vague; all he remembers is that Ed grabbed him. He doesn’t want to talk further about the fight. (full context)
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...to return from work. He looks everywhere but doesn’t find anything, and finally there’s only Ed’s room left. He’s not supposed to mess with anything in there, but he decides he’ll... (full context)
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As Christopher hears the door of Ed’s van close, he notices a number of envelopes underneath the book, all addressed to him.... (full context)
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Ed doesn’t see Christopher come out of his room, so Christopher goes into his own room... (full context)
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Ed comes into the bedroom, and Christopher says he’s reading a letter. Ed tells him about... (full context)
Chapter 157
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...thinks about water traveling all around the world and connecting different places. The following evening, Ed has to go out on an emergency call for someone whose basement has flooded. (full context)
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Christopher returns to Ed’s bedroom and finds 43 letters addressed to him. In the first letter he opens, his... (full context)
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...doesn’t think she’s a very good mother, because she’s impatient and gets upset easily, unlike Ed. Once, she took Christopher shopping during the Christmas season, and the stores were so crowded... (full context)
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...soon Mr. Shears and Christopher’s mother fell in love. Mr. Shears wanted Judy to leave Ed, but she couldn’t leave Christopher. (full context)
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...a cutting board broke Judy’s toes. When she got home from the hospital, she and Ed got into another big argument, because Ed blamed her for not being able to keep... (full context)
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...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, and now she... (full context)
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...reading the letters, because he feels sick. He’s realized that his mother didn’t die, and his father lied to him. He feels dizzy and curls up. When he becomes aware of his... (full context)
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Ed comes into the room, sees the letters, and realizes what has happened. He touches Christopher,... (full context)
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After Ed gives Christopher a bath, he tries to get Christopher some food, but Christopher won’t speak.... (full context)
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In order to keep this promise, Ed admits that he was the one who killed Wellington. Christopher wonders if he’s joking, but... (full context)
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Christopher becomes frightened. Ed tries to touch his hand in their way that symbolizes hugging, but Christopher pushes him... (full context)
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...a couple of hours and then sneaks downstairs with his Swiss Army Knife. He finds Ed asleep in the living room. He brings Toby and some food and goes into the... (full context)
Chapter 179
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...well, and when he wakes up the sun is rising. After a couple more hours, Ed comes into the garden calling Christopher’s name. Christopher hides under a sack and holds his... (full context)
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Christopher decides to go and live with Mrs. Shears. He’ll tell her that his father killed Wellington, and she’ll understand his problem. He walks to her house, but she doesn’t... (full context)
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...he’s going there, and Christopher explains that he’s going to live with his mother because his father lied to him about her death and about Wellington’s. Mrs. Alexander tries to get him... (full context)
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...and thinks for a terrifying moment that he’s in the house, but then realizes that Ed left them behind. He takes Ed’s bank card. He puts Toby in his jacket pocket... (full context)
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...is frightened both of getting farther away from his home and of being near where his father lives, so his fear stays constant as he walks to school. He wants to rest... (full context)
Chapter 191
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...a bank card. When the policeman forces him to admit that the card belongs to his father , Christopher is afraid that the policeman will arrest him, but instead he shows Christopher... (full context)
Chapter 193
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...likes knowing what will happen when. He provides his timetable for a normal day at his father ’s house, which has every activity mapped out to the minute. He makes other timetables... (full context)
Chapter 197
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Suddenly the policeman shows up on the train, because Ed has come to the station looking for Christopher. Christopher tries to run away because he... (full context)
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...terrified and wants to be home. Then he remembers that he can’t go home because his father lied to him. The trains come again and again, and Christopher sits on the bench... (full context)
Chapter 227
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...over. Toby escapes again, but Christopher catches him. Mr. Shears and Judy are worried that Ed must be nearby, but Christopher tells them that he came alone on the train because... (full context)
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...bathroom and asks Christopher why he never wrote back to her, so Christopher reveals that Ed told him she was dead and never gave him the letters. She’s very distressed and... (full context)
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...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 was nothing compared to... (full context)
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...he has 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... (full context)
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...computer games, and his time is far worse than his best time. In the evening, Ed returns home. He and Judy have a shouting match while Christopher bangs on drums 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... (full context)
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...school, before his mother finishes work. He pushes his bed against the door so that Ed can’t get in, and he doesn’t answer when Ed tries to talk to him. Sometimes... (full context)
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The next week, lightning hits a tree near Ed’s house, and men cut it up and take it away. Christopher finds out he got... (full context)