The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
Order and Logic Quotes in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
How we cite our quotes:
I do not like people shouting at me. It makes me scared that they are going to hit me or touch me and I do not know what is going to happen. (5.5)
The first part of this is pretty inarguable – none of us wants to be shouted at or hit, right? But then Christopher takes a pretty big leap, suggesting that he needs to always know what's going to happen, and what everyone around him is going to do next. Now that's a recipe for disaster.
Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing. (11.1)
This naturally implies that Christopher has difficulty with most other people because, well, he doesn't know what "they are meant to be doing," and that makes him nervous.
This made me feel a lot calmer because it is what policemen say on television and in films. (17.2)
We can understand that Christopher is reassured by the fact that policemen behave in the way he expects. But this almost suggests that he considers the fictional world on TV more "real" than the world in which he actually lives and breathes.