Study Guide

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Chapter 17

By Mark Haddon

Chapter 17

  • The policeman tells Christopher he's being arrested for assault. When he hears this,Ā he feels much calmer, because it's the kind of thing cops say on TV.
  • The policeman puts him into the back of his police car, and Christopher looks out the window up at the stars. He takes this opportunity to tell us a little about the universe. It turns out he likes scientific facts, because they are things "you can work out in your own mind [...] without having to ask anyone" (17.13).