Study Guide

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Chapter 5

By Mark Haddon

Chapter 5

  • ("Hey, What happened to Chapter 4?" Shh, just give us one minute – everything will become clear.)
  • Christopher pulls the pitchfork out of Wellington's side and gives the dog a hug. He says he likes dogs because it's easy to know what they're thinking, and they only have four moods. Sounds easy enough.   
  • Just then Mrs. Shears, Christopher's neighbor and Wellington's owner, comes running out of her house, screaming. She accuses Christopher of killing the dog, and just keeps screaming.
  • Christopher is frightened by her screams: he places his hands over his ears, rolls into a ball, and lies down on the grass.