History Literature / TheCuriousIncidentOfTheDogInTheNightTime

1st Feb '16 9:28:25 AM JohnPrestwick
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--> '''Chris''': And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of '''Who Killed Wellington?''', and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means ''I can do anything''.
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--> '''Chris''': And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of '''Who Killed Wellington?''', and I found my mother [[spoiler:my mother]] and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means ''I can do anything''.

* DisproportionateRetribution: To some, Christopher's conviction that his father should go to jail for [[spoiler: killing the dog, Wellington]] seems like this, but for Chris himself, who understands and empathizes with dogs more than human beings, this is entirely [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[note]]However, in the United States, an animal abuse criminal database is being created, and you can get ''prosecuted'' for animal cruelty.[[/note]]
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* DisproportionateRetribution: To some, Christopher's conviction that [[spoiler: his father father]] should go to jail for [[spoiler: killing the dog, Wellington]] Wellington seems like this, but for Chris himself, who understands and empathizes with dogs more than human beings, this is entirely [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. [[note]]However, in the United States, an animal abuse criminal database is being created, and you can get ''prosecuted'' for animal cruelty.[[/note]]

* HairTriggerTemper: Chris' mother flat-out admits this in a letter to him. She throws tantrums if he doesn't particularly like his food and often hits him simply because she doesn't know how to handle his behavioural quirks.
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* HairTriggerTemper: Chris' mother flat-out admits this in a letter to him. She throws threw tantrums if when he doesn't particularly like his refused to eat food and often hits hit him simply because she doesn't didn't know how to handle his behavioural quirks.

** [[spoiler: [[WhatTheHellHero Judy calls out Ed for telling Chris she was dead]], but he counteracts that letters in the mail are not a substitue for parental care.]]
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** [[spoiler: [[WhatTheHellHero Judy calls out Ed for telling Chris she was dead]], but he counteracts that writing letters in the mail are not a substitue is no substitute for parental care.]]

* MustMakeAmends: Both of [[spoiler: Chris's parents, for varying reasons.]] [[spoiler: Ed lied about his wife's death amd killed an innocent dog that Chris liked, all because he was angry at the dog's owner and his life situation, and Judy ''left her son'' to pursue an affair and thought letters were a form of maternal care.]] By the end of the book [[spoiler: Ed has bought [[ReplacementGoldfish a new puppy]] for Chris, and Judy has taken in Chris after Mr. Shears leaves her.]]
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* MustMakeAmends: Both of [[spoiler: Chris's parents, for varying reasons.]] [[spoiler: Ed lied about his wife's death amd and killed an innocent dog that Chris liked, all because he was angry at the dog's owner and his life situation, and Judy ''left her son'' to pursue an affair and thought letters were a form of maternal care.]] By the end of the book [[spoiler: Ed has bought [[ReplacementGoldfish a new puppy]] for Chris, and Judy has taken in Chris after Mr. Shears leaves her.]]
4th Jan '16 7:03:09 PM mirisu92
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** Chris also mentions that [[TheMentor Siobhan]] wears green plastic glasses with very thick lenses that give others headaches.
3rd Jan '16 6:40:46 AM mirisu92
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** It's perfectly logical to him. On the other hand, he is possibly being unintentionally hypocritical, or at least inconsistent, about his personal interests. He maintains a strong disdain for supernatural tales, which he considers a whole big pack of liesóbut he enjoys science fiction, which itself consists of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fictional]] scenarios that happen to involve science in them. (And even ''they'' they can't be counted on to be accurate either, largely due to RuleOfCool and ScienceMarchesOn.)
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** It's perfectly logical to him. him, and he has a system for thatóthe more red cars he sees in a row, the better his day is. On the flip side, the more ''yellow'' cars he sees, the worse his day gets. ** On the other hand, he is possibly being unintentionally hypocritical, or at least inconsistent, about his personal interests. He maintains a strong disdain for supernatural tales, which he considers a whole big pack of liesóbut he enjoys science fiction, which itself consists of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fictional]] scenarios that happen to involve science in them. (And even ''they'' they can't be counted on to be accurate either, largely due to RuleOfCool and ScienceMarchesOn.)
3rd Jan '16 6:38:36 AM mirisu92
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* FootnoteFever: In-universe. [[UnusualChapterNumbers Nearly every other chapter]] in Christopher's journal is some digression about scientific or mathematical facts, or notes on his mental condition, including generous helpings of explanatory footnotes.
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* FootnoteFever: In-universe. [[UnusualChapterNumbers Nearly every other chapter]] in Christopher's journal is some digression about scientific or mathematical facts, or notes on his mental condition, condition and personal interests, including generous helpings of explanatory footnotes.

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* FootnoteFever: In-universe. [[UnusualChapterNumbers Nearly every ** It's perfectly logical to him. On the other chapter]] in Christopher's journal hand, he is some digression possibly being unintentionally hypocritical, or at least inconsistent, about scientific or mathematical facts, or notes on his mental condition, including generous helpings personal interests. He maintains a strong disdain for supernatural tales, which he considers a whole big pack of explanatory footnotes.liesóbut he enjoys science fiction, which itself consists of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fictional]] scenarios that happen to involve science in them. (And even ''they'' they can't be counted on to be accurate either, largely due to RuleOfCool and ScienceMarchesOn.)
3rd Jan '16 6:31:29 AM mirisu92
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* ExactWords: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder.
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* ExactWords: ExactWords / LoopholeAbuse: When Chris' father admonishes him to drop the investigation into Wellington's murder, Chris carefully picks apart his father's words and deduces that, literally speaking, Ed has not expressly forbidden him from talking to his neighbour Mrs Alexander, although Chris clearly isn't supposed to be asking her about the murder.
3rd Jan '16 5:07:56 AM mirisu92
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* AmateurSleuth: Chris, who very much idolises the GreatDetective Literature/SherlockHolmes.
3rd Jan '16 4:58:27 AM mirisu92
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* FootnoteFever: In-universe. [[UnusualChapterNumbers Nearly every other chapter]] in Christopher's journal is some digression about scientific or mathematical facts, or notes on his mental condition, including generous helpings of explanatory footnotes.
3rd Jan '16 4:55:13 AM mirisu92
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* ReplacementGoldfish: As part of his MustMakeAmends, Ed [[spoiler: buys a new puppy for Chris, as a peace offering after revealing he killed Wellington.]]
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* ReplacementGoldfish: As part of his MustMakeAmends, Ed [[spoiler: buys a new puppy for Chris, as a peace offering after revealing he killed Wellington.]] Although technically the dog is also meant to replace Toby, Chris' pet rat, who died of old age (rats only live to around two years)]].
3rd Jan '16 4:51:58 AM mirisu92
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* AgentScully: Personality-wise, Christopher fits this; he is fairly contemptuous of [[AgentMulder people who believe in the supernatural]]óincluding Literature/SherlockHolmes author Sir Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, who joined a Spiritualist society so he could try to communicate with his dead son.
27th Dec '15 6:40:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* AspergerSyndrome: The blurb of more recent editions of the book states he has Asperger's, although looking at the other students in his school as well as other indicators (such as attacking people who touch him), he may in fact have [[UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism a more severe form of autism]] and ExecutiveMeddling later changed it to Asperger's to make it easier for readers to empathise with him. ** Haddon himself actually states that he never made the book specifically about someone on the autistic spectrum, but rather about someone who was an "outsider". ** People who are actually autistic-spectrum tend to react poorly to the idea that Christopher is supposed to be anything like them.
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