"It looked as if it was running on its side, the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream...The dog was dead" (Haddon, 1)
"I killed Wellington, Christopher"
"Mother was only 38 years old and heart attacks usually happen to older people, and mother was very active and rode a bicycle and ate food which was healthy..." (Haddon, 27)
"Mother had not had a heart attack. Mother had not died. Mother had been alive all the time. And Father had lied about this." ( Haddon, 112)
"And he said, 'I killed Wellington, Christopher.' I wondered if this was a joke, because I don't understand jokes, and when people tell jokes they don't mean what they say...And then I knew that it wasn't a joke and I was really frightened." (Haddon, 120-122)
"Which meant that I had to go to London to live with mother." (Haddon 131) "...I sat down on one of the chairs next to it and I closed my eyes...I gripped the Swiss Army knife in the other hand, and I groaned to cover up the noise..." (Haddon, 148)
"'Christopher, can I have a talk with you?'...'You have to learn to trust me'...Then he came back through and gave me a dog...I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means that I can do anything.(Haddon, 218,219, and 221)