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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


by Mark Haddon

Identity Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Quote #7

Then he said, "What's your name?"

And I said, "Christopher Boone."

And he said, "Where do you live?"

And I said, "36 Randolph Street" and I started feeling better because I like policemen and it was an easy question [...] (191.20)

Why does Christopher start feeling better? Is it the policeman? Is it because he likes answering questions and taking tests in general? Or is it that these questions have a grounding effect on an otherwise turbulent moment, reminding him who he is and where he's from?

Quote #8

And eventually there is no one left in the world except people who don't look at other people's faces and who don't know what these pictures mean [...] (229.5)

This is probably our first indication that Christopher feels some sense of kinship with other people who have social disorders, and some resentment about being different. In the world he describes, no one would have identities at all, outside of what they think of themselves.

Quote #9

And I called the dog Sandy. (233.164)

Hey, remember when Christopher wrote that he didn't want to have a name that was uniquely his own? Then shouldn't he name his dog something like "Kamchestonian" or "Traklintobia" or some other nonsense word?

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