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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Plot Overview

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time takes place in the year 1998 in and around the town of Swindon, England. The fifteen-year-old narrator of the story, Christopher John Francis Boone, discovers the slain body of his neighbor’s poodle, Wellington, on the neighbor’s front lawn one evening and sets out to uncover the …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 2-41

Summary: Chapter 2 The book opens seven minutes after midnight, when the narrator, Christopher John Francis Boone, finds Wellington, the poodle belonging to Mrs. Shears, his neighbor, dead on Mrs. Shearss lawn with a garden fork through its side. Christopher touches the dog’s muzzle and observes that it is still warm. He wonders who killed …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 79-89

Summary: Chapter 79 When Christopher gets home, Father has made supper and sits at the table in the kitchen. Father has carefully arranged Christopher’s food on his plate so that no food item touches another. Father asks Christopher where he has been. Christopher responds with a white lie—that he has been out—because it is only …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 67-73

Summary: Chapter 67 Inspired by his Good Day, Christopher draws a map of his neighborhood and sets out to question the people on his block about the murder. He does not like talking to strangers, so he clutches his Swiss Army knife tight inside his pocket as he approaches Mr. Thompson’s house. Mr. Thompson claims …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 103-109

Summary: Chapter 103 Christopher returns home and finds Rhodri, a coworker of Father’s, talking with Father. Father asks him what he has been up to, and he responds with another white lie about petting Mrs. Alexander’s dog outside the shop. Rhodri asks him to multiply 251 and 864, and Christopher replies with the correct answer: …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 139-151

Summary: Chapter 139 Christopher describes photographs taken in 1917 that appear to show live fairies. The incident was dubbed “The Case of the Cottingley Fairies,” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, endorsed the photographs as proof of the existence of fairies. In actuality, the fairies shown were just cut outs, …

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Chapters 157-163

Summary: Chapter 157 On Monday evening, Father goes out to fix a flooded cellar, so Christopher sneaks into Father’s room. He counts 43 letters addressed to him in the same handwriting. The first letter describes a memory that Mother has of Christopher playing with a wooden train set she bought him for Christmas. Christopher made …

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