The curious incident of the dog in the night time
Our new novel by Mark Haddon
When Christopher gets to know about Wellington’s death, he decides to do detective work to ascertain the killer. He wants to understand the mystery behind the murder, which he was claimed to do.
Christopher gets to know that his mother is dead, from his dad. He decides to continue with his investigation, and ends up tracking many other clues, as his father had lied to him about mother’s death. He finds that Christopher’s mother is alive and his dad confessing about killing Wellington. This event is important because he finds out that his father had lied to him and his mother was not really dead. He feels sick because his father had lied (Christopher does not like it when people lie). Christopher gets a headache and feels sick after finding out. Soon after his father found Christopher reading the letters, his father also admits that he had killed Wellington, which just made it too much for Christopher, and he decides he is not safe at home. He thinks that because his Father had killed the dog, he might kill Christopher. This particular event showed us that Christopher has strange thought patterns, even though he is a very logical thinker such as when he said “Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.”
The story ends with Ed getting Christopher a Cocker – Spaniel puppy, whom Christopher has the power of naming, and promising that he will rebuild trust with Christopher slowly, “no matter how long it takes”. Christopher asserts that he will take further A-level exams and attend university. He completes his first mathematics A-level with top grades and, despite previously wanting to be an astronaut, his ultimate goal is to become a scientist. The book ends with Christopher optimistic about his future, having solved the mystery of the murdered dog, gone to London on his own, found his mother, written a book about his adventures, and achieved an A in his A-level maths exam. Christopher goes on to live with his mother, and occasionally visits his father’s house.