The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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And that made me think that there must be millions of miles of train track in the world and they all go past houses and roads and rivers and fields, and that made me think how many people must be in the world and they all have houses and roads to travel on and cars and pets and clothes and they all eat lunch and go to bed and have names and this made my head hurt, too, so I closed my eyes again and did counting and groaning. (197.34)
This image – of Christopher sitting on a train, watching the towns fly by from behind glass – really shows us how separated he is from what we consider "normal" modern life. It's important to recognize that the life he describes is essentially his own, but the thought that millions of other people are living similar lives is simply overwhelming.