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The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time
Transcript of The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time
-Christopher John Francis Boone discovers the slain body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn one evening.
-His investigation is at times aided, and at other times hampered, by the mild form of autism he lives with.
-Christopher hits a policeman in a misunderstanding at the scene of the crime, the police take Christopher into custody.
-They release Christopher with only a stern warning, under the condition that he promises to them and to his father not to look into the murder any further.
-Christopher chronicles his investigation in a book—the book we are reading—as part of a school assignment.
-Christopher investigates the crime scene and conducts interviews with the residents of his block. I recommend this book to each and everyone single one of you. The language is simple. The plot is incredible.
It is truly LIFE-CHANGING. -He discovers that his father and the owner of the slain dog, Mrs. Shears, had a romantic affair.
-He subsequently learns that their affair began in reaction to another relationship, one carried on between Mr. Shears and Christopher’s mother, before she disappeared from Christopher’s life.
-At school, Christopher prepares for an A-level math exam that will enable him to attend a university.
-Upon returning home one afternoon, Christopher accidentally leaves his book in plain view on the kitchen table. His father reads it, becomes angry, and confiscates it.
-Later, Christopher searches for the book and uncovers a series of letters, hidden in a shirt box in his father’s closet, addressed to him from his supposedly dead mother. -The letters chronicle a life that his mother has continued to lead with Mr. Shears in London and contain repeated requests for Christopher to respond.
-In shock, Christopher passes out in his bedroom surrounded by the evidence of his father’s deception.
-His father comes home and apologizes for his lies, explaining that he acted out of a desire to protect Christopher from the knowledge of his mother’s abandonment of the family.
-Christopher’s father also admits to killing Wellington after an argument with Mrs. Shears, his lover.
-Christopher, now terrified of his father and feeling he can no longer trust him, sneaks out of the house and travels to London to live with his mother.
-During a harrowing journey, he copes with and overcomes the social fears and limitations of his condition, dodges police, and almost gets hit by a train.
-His arrival at his mother’s flat comes as a total surprise to her, as she had no idea that Christopher’s father had been withholding her letters.-Christopher settles in for a time at his mother and Mr. Shears’s flat, but friction caused by his presence shortly results in his mother’s decision to leave Mr. Shears to return to Swindon.
-Christopher moves into a new apartment with his mother and begins to receive regular visits from his father.
-When Christopher’s pet rat Toby dies, Christopher’s father gives Christopher a puppy.
-At school, Christopher sits for his A-level math exam and receives an A grade, the best possible score.
-The novel ends with Christopher planning to take more A-level exams in physics and further math, and then attend a university in another town.
-He knows that he can do all of this because he solved the mystery of Wellington’s murder, was brave enough to find his mother, and wrote a book.