"The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog." Page 1.
"The policeman squatted down beside me and said," would you like to tell what's going on here, young man?" I sat up and said," The dog is dead." Page 6.
"And father said,"Ok christopher. I am going to say this for the last final time. I will not tell you again. Look at me when I'm talking to you, for God's sake. Look at me. You are not going to go asking Mrs.Shears about who killed that bloody dog. You are not to going ask anyone about who killed that bloody dog. You are not going to Trespassing in other people's garden. You are to stop this ridiculous detective game right now" Page 49 - 50.
Then Mrs.Alexander said,"why do you need someone to look after Toby, Christopher?" And I said,"I'm going to London." And she said," how long are you going for?" And I said,"Until I go to university." And she said,"Can't you take toby with you?" Page 133
And Mother said,"Christopher, you're soaking. Roger, don't just stand there." And then she said,"Oh my God. Christopher. I didn't... I didn't think I'd ever...Why are you here on your own?" Page 191
Then he came back through and gave me the dog. And he said,"He's two months old. And he's a golden retriever." And the dog sat in my lap and I stroked it. And no one said for a while. Then father said,"Christopher I would never, ever do anything to hurt you."Page 219