Mark Haddon:The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

And one day Julie sat down at a desk next to me and put a tube of Smarties on the desk, and she said, “Christopher, what do you think is in here?” And I said, “Smarties.” Then she took the top off the Smarties tube and turned it upside down and a little red pencil came out and she laughed and I said, “It’s not Smarties, it’s a pencil.” Then she put the little red pencil back inside the Smarties tube and put the top back on. Then she said, “If your mummy came in now and we asked her what was inside the Smarties tube, what do you think she would say?” because I used to call Mother Mummy then, not Mother. And I said, “A pencil.”

  • Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.
  • liking
  • whether
  • mice
  • shaky
  • proper novels,
  • weak
  • tidy
  • the washing line
  • At Large.
  • I said, “I went away.” And she said, “I gathered that.”
  • She had tied its lead to the drainpipe next to the door.
  • shy,
  • lead
  • this was a Super Good Day, which meant it was a good day for Taking Risks, so I said,
  • I nodded
  • upsetting?”
  • a big pointy shape
  • Shears stacked up some boxes in the spare room so he could put a blowup mattress on the floor for me to sleep on,
  • hassle
  • bother
  • Forbes said that hating yellow and brown is just being silly. And Siobhan said that she shouldn’t say things like that and everyone has favorite colors. And Siobhan was right. But Mrs. Forbes was a bit right, too. Because it is sort of being silly. But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don’t take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others.
  • And this shows that sometimes people want to be stupid and they do not want to know the truth. And it shows that something called Occam’s razor is true. And Occam’s razor is not a razor that men shave with but a Law, and it says Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. Which is Latin and it means No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.
  • I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.
  • And by the end we stopped talking to each other very much because we knew it would always end up in an argumant and it would go nowere. And I felt realy lonley.
  • a gap in my memory,
  • is called negligible, which means that they are so small you don’t have to take them into account when you are calculating something.
  • And then I Formulated a Plan. And that made me feel better because there was something in my head that had an order and a pattern and I just had to follow the instructions one after the other.
  • And there is life on earth because of an accident. But it is a very special kind of accident. And for this accident to happen in this special way, there have to be 3 conditions. And these are 1. Things have to make copies of themselves (this is called Replication) 2. They have to make small mistakes when they do this (this is called Mutation) 3. These mistakes have to be the same in their copies (this is called Heritability) And these conditions are very rare, but they are possible, and they cause life. And it just happens.

 

– Subrayado en la página 12 | Pos. 170-71  | Añadido el martes 19 de abril de 2016 18H28′ GMT+02:00

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