The Safe and the Supernatural:Quotes from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Christopher states that his teacher, Mr. Jeavons, said that he liked maths because it was “safe.” He explains what Mr. Jeavons was trying to say by stating, “what he meant was that maths wasn’t like life because in life there are no straightforward answers at the end” (Haddon 62). When I first read this, I was shocked because that is exactly how I feel about math. I enjoy math because there is, unlike life, always a right answer and a wrong answer.

When discussing The Case of the Cottingley Fairies, Christopher tells the audience about how people believed in these fairies and that showed “that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth” (Haddon 90). This quote, similar to “ignorance is bliss,” accentuates that too much knowledge can hurt us, sometimes. But also, it shows us that sometimes it is more fun to believe in the imaginary rather then believe always in reality.

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