History Literature / TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime

8th Feb '18 5:12:17 AM mirisu92
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* TheNineties: The story, if you pay attention, is actually set around 1997-98, since Christopher gives his exact age as 15, and then later writes about an event in 1992, when he was nine. Plus, [[spoiler:his supposedly-dead mother's letters are postmarked beginning in 1996, a little after when she left him and Ed (not to mention that if it were set in ThePresentDay—even at the time the book was actually published, in 2003—Chris would much likelier be using email at least, and his mother might've emailed him instead—which would also make it much more difficult for his father to hide the evidence from him)]].
8th Feb '18 5:03:44 AM mirisu92
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* NonIndicativeName: What Christopher thinks of his own name. He knows he was named after the GentleGiant saint who purportedly carried the young Jesus across a river (which is literally what "Christopher" means: it's the Greek for "Christ's bearer"), and that his parents picked the name for its general association with kindness and helpfulness, but Chris himself doesn't feel his name describes him at all, at least in that "kind and helpful" isn't quite what come to mind when he is spoken of.
8th Feb '18 4:55:34 AM mirisu92
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* CessationOfExistence: As a scientific materialist in his views, Christopher is pretty damn convinced that absolutely nothing happens after one dies, and so for him it's illogical to even ''speculate'' on what his dead [[spoiler:or so he thinks]] mother might think or feel about his current situation even in a purely hypothetical sense, because as far as he's concerned, there are no mental or conscious processes after death—the body just starts decomposing and going back into nature, and that's it, unless it was atomised via cremation and its component atoms poured out into the stratosphere, in so doing becoming part of the weather.

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* CessationOfExistence: As a scientific materialist in his views, Christopher is pretty damn convinced that absolutely nothing happens after one dies, and so for him it's illogical to even ''speculate'' on what his dead [[spoiler:or [[spoiler:(or so he thinks]] thinks)]] mother might think or feel about his current situation even in a purely hypothetical sense, because as far as he's concerned, there are no mental or conscious processes after death—the body just starts decomposing and going back into nature, and that's it, unless it was atomised via cremation and its component atoms poured out into the stratosphere, in so doing becoming part of the weather.
8th Feb '18 4:54:11 AM mirisu92
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* CessationOfExistence: As a scientific materialist in his views, Christopher is pretty damn convinced that absolutely nothing happens after one dies, and so for him it's illogical to even ''speculate'' on what his dead [[spoiler:or so he thinks]] mother might think or feel about his current situation even in a purely hypothetical sense, because as far as he's concerned, there are no mental or conscious processes after death—the body just starts decomposing and going back into nature, and that's it, unless it was atomised via cremation and its component atoms poured out into the stratosphere, in so doing becoming part of the weather.
14th Jan '18 9:25:11 PM mirisu92
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--> [''Chris thinks: But it's not a crocodile.'']

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--> [''Chris thinks: But thinks, well, duh, it's not a crocodile.'']
28th Nov '17 6:33:47 PM nombretomado
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* SubwaysSuck: Christopher is overwhelmed by sensory overload in the LondonUnderground: the noises, the advertisements, and especially the people. At one point he goes down onto the Underground tracks to rescue his rat Toby ''even as the train is bearing down on them both''.

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* SubwaysSuck: Christopher is overwhelmed by sensory overload in the LondonUnderground: UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground: the noises, the advertisements, and especially the people. At one point he goes down onto the Underground tracks to rescue his rat Toby ''even as the train is bearing down on them both''.
25th Oct '17 9:11:17 AM Eagal
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25th Oct '17 9:11:16 AM Eagal
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** [[spoiler: {{Wrong Genre Savvy}}: The difference is that he isn't living inside a detective novel.]]


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Christopher is a fan of detective novels. The difference is that he isn't living inside a detective novel.
25th Oct '17 9:09:13 AM Eagal
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* CaptainObvious: Christopher, for obvious [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome reasons.]]
* ClusterFBomb / PrecisionFStrike: Lots of them.

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* %%* CaptainObvious: Christopher, for obvious [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome reasons.]]
Christopher
* ClusterFBomb / PrecisionFStrike: ClusterFBomb: Lots of them.
25th Oct '17 9:07:17 AM Eagal
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** As discussed below, it's commonly believed that Christopher has UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome but he actually shows lots of signs of being much lower down on the spectrum such as wetting himself and acting years younger than his actual age a lot.
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