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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1996

    Christopher's mother moves out.

    Chapter 43
  • Late April 1998

    The neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed.

    Chapter 2
  • The next day

    Christopher starts writing his murder mystery novel.

    Chapter 7
  • Over the next week

    Christopher interviews neighbors to discover Wellington's killer.

    Chapter 67
  • Five days later

    Christopher speaks with Mrs. Alexander and finds out about his mother's affair with Mr. Shears.

    Chapter 97
  • The next night

    Mr. Boone violently confronts Christopher about his novel.

    Chapter 127
  • Two days later

    Christopher finds letters from his mother but doesn't realize she's still alive.

    Chapter 149
  • Six days later

    Christopher reads Mother's letters, realizing she's alive; Mr. Boone admits to killing Wellington.

    Chapter 157
  • That night

    Christopher runs away to find his mother in London.

    Chapter 179
  • The next day

    Christopher finally manages to take the train to London.

    Chapter 197
  • The following days

    Mrs. Boone rents an apartment in Swindon for herself and Christopher.

    Chapter 233
  • Late May 1998

    Christopher returns to Swindon for his exam.

    Chapter 233
  • Shortly after

    Christopher happily receives his A grade on the university entrance exam.

    Chapter 233

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapters 2–19 At seven minutes past midnight, 15-year-old Christopher John Frances Boone sees a dead dog lying in the middle of his ... Read More
Chapters 23–41 At the police station Christopher must hand over everything in his pockets, which he understands is so he doesn't kill... Read More
Chapters 43–61 Christopher's mother, Judy Boone, died two years before. He remembers coming home from school and his father asking if... Read More
Chapters 67–73 It's Saturday and Christopher's father spends the day watching football on television, giving Christopher free rein to... Read More
Chapters 79–97 When Christopher gets home his father has prepared dinner exactly as Christopher likes it—none of the foods on his pla... Read More
Chapters 101–113 Christopher's psychologist, Mr. Jeavons, suggests Christopher likes math because "there's always a straightforward ans... Read More
Chapters 127–137 Christopher watches a science program about underwater life, which he enjoys because it proves that "all the facts you... Read More
Chapters 139–151 Christopher describes why he likes Sherlock Holmes but dislikes the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He asserts Doyle s... Read More
Chapters 157–163 Six days pass before Christopher has the opportunity to sneak back into his father's room to read the rest of the lett... Read More
Chapters 167–179 After a bath, Mr. Boone makes Christopher dinner but he refuses to eat. Mr. Boone feels terrible and tries to explain ... Read More
Chapters 181–197 Christopher explains while most people glance over new surroundings looking for pertinent information, his brain focus... Read More
Chapters 199–223 Christopher discusses evolution, reasoning that anyone who believes in God is stupid, urging everyone to "think logica... Read More
Chapters 227–229 Christopher keeps his eyes closed, groaning, for five hours. When he opens his eyes again he cannot find Toby. He gets... Read More
Chapter 233 The next morning Mrs. Boone and Mr. Shears argue about how long Christopher can stay. Mr. Shears wants to send Christoph... Read More
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