Quote: “[Father] held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan. I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other. We do this because sometimes Father wants to give me a hug, but I do not like hugging people so we do this instead, and it means he loves me.” (pg. 16)
Meaning: Due to Christopher’s condition, he avoids any sort of physical contact with people. Nonetheless, there are times where it’s needed to show some affection towards his parents. So this is Christopher’s way of doing so.
Quote: “...and even writing this makes me feel shaky and scared like I do when I’m standing on the top of a very tall building are there are thousands of houses and cars and people below me and my head is so full of all these things that I’m afraid that I’m going to forget to stand up straight and hang on to the rail and I’m going to fall over and be killed.” (pg. 19)
Meaning: Christopher explains how he feels on the topic of lying. He states that he cannot tell lies, and even the thought of it gets him nervous. Once again, this is a result of his autistic condition. In the quote, Christopher uses a simile to describe his emotions; one with a lot of imagery.
Quote: “These are some of the reasons why I hate yellow and brown... Mrs. Forbes said that hating yellow and brown is just being silly." (pg.84-85)
Meaning: Christopher lists the yellow and brown items he doesn't like. Items from the yellow list included things like: bananas, custard and yellow flowers. Items from the brown list contained: dirt, gravy and wood. Disliking certain colours the way Christopher does, are symptoms of his condition.
Quote: “For example, people often say "Be quiet," but they don't tell you how long to be quiet for. Or you see a sign which says KEEP OFF THE GRASS but it should say KEEP OFF THE GRASS AROUND THIS SIGN or KEEP OFF ALL THE GRASS IN THIS PARK because there is lots of grass you are allowed to walk on." (pg.29)
Meaning: Christopher is very literal and especially observant. He will only understand something if it's spoken to the last detail. He notices every slight feature in any object.