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decide which were his favorite animals. He lists his favorite animals: Randyman the Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey; the Patagonian Sea Lions, named Miracle and Star; and Maliku the Orangutan. They ate at the cafe, where Father says he loves Christopher: if he sometimes gets angry, it's because he worries about Christopher and doesn't want him to get hurt. Christopher doesn't know if he understands but Father asks if he at least understands that he loves Christopher, to which Christopher says yes. They touch fingers and thumbs to show this. Christopher then provides a map of the zoo and describes seeing the gerbils before going home. Notes It's important for Christopher to have favorite animals in mind, which is why he draws this list. Father's discussion with Christopher helps to establish his motives later on in the novel. CHAPTER 139 Summary While Christopher likes Sherlock Holmes, he does not like Holmes' author and creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Unlike his creation, Doyle believed in the supernatural. In 1917, he was one of those fooled by The Case of the Cottingley Fairies, where two cousins claimed to play with fairies and took five photographs as proof. Harold Snelling, an expert in fake photography, declared these images were real and Doyle wrote about the pictures for The Strand. In 1981, Joe Cooper interviewed the cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths: Wright said all five photographs were fake and Frances claimed only one was real. This case shows that people can be stupid if they don't want to know the truth and that Occam's razor is true. Notes The hoax of the fairies is analogous to the hoax Ed Boone pulled on his son. The idea of people being stupid because they don't want to know the truth is an important idea, because it helps to explain Christopher's reluctance to understand the letters from his mother in the next chapter. Occam's razor translates to "No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary." It is a heuristic guide - that is, a guide to