The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mrs. Alexander Character Analysis

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 for tea, showing an easy willingness to see the world from his point of view. Later, Christopher runs into her and her dog at the corner store. He’s wary of trusting her, but he asks her what she knows about Mr. Shears. Mrs. Alexander realizes that Christopher thinks his mother is dead, and ends up telling him about his mother’s affair with Mr. Shears.

Mrs. Alexander 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 Mrs. Alexander or refer to Mrs. Alexander. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time published in 2004.
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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Mrs. Alexander Character Timeline in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Alexander 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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He sees another neighbor, the elderly Mrs. Alexander , working in her yard. He asks her about Wellington’s death, and though she doesn’t... (full context)
Chapter 97
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...gets home from school, he goes to the corner store for candy and runs into Mrs. Alexander . He admits that on the other occasion they met, he left her yard because... (full context)
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Christopher makes friends with Mrs. Alexander ’s dog outside the shop, and Mrs. Alexander tries again to chat with him. Christopher... (full context)
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...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 he’s still trying to find out... (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 go for a walk in the park, and although Christopher... (full context)
Chapter 103
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...Christopher tells his dad another white lie—that he went to get candy and talked to Mrs. Alexander ’s dog. (full context)
Chapter 109
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...his book to school the next day, 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... (full context)
Chapter 127
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...Christopher holding Christopher’s book, which he has read. He asks whether Christopher really talked to Mrs. Alexander , and Christopher admits he did. Ed is very angry, and Christopher tries to tell... (full context)
Chapter 179
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Christopher makes a plan. He goes to Mrs. Alexander ’s house and asks her to take care of Toby for him because he’s going... (full context)