The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Chapter 11

We see a different, darker side of Christopher in this chapter. Describe what happens in this chapter and how this influences your response to the character of Christopher. How (what techniques) does the author enable us to feel what Christopher feels?

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Chris goes back into the story: two policemen arrive - one man and one woman. The policeman asks Christopher what he was doing. The policeman then asks why Christopher was holding the dog and he does not know how to respond. Because he likes holding it, he thinks to himself. The policeman keeps asking questions, asking him if he killed the dog and Christopher narrates that he is asking too many questions and asking them too quickly. He compares his mind to a bread factory where his Uncle Terry works - 'the slicer is not working fast enough but the bread keeps coming and there is a blockage.' Christopher moans on the grass to block the noise (as he does with the radio, tuning it between two stations to get white noise and pressing it close to his ear, which makes him feel safe) and the policeman takes hold of his arm. He doesn't like being touched and he hits the policeman. The reader has a limited understanding of Chris by now. We can at least sympathize with Chris's sensory overload and his groans when he cannot take anymore of the policeman's questions.