This chapter begins with Christopher on the train going to find his mother. He is in the midst of thinking of all of the reasons why he does not like being on a train. Mostly, he does not like being around a big group of people, but he goes into detail about a time he was taken home by his mom in the car and she agreed to take home a few other children who needed a ride. These children were overwhelming to him and he removed himself from the car to escape the sounds coming from the two other children in the car and ended up with stitches. He comes out of the memory and is attempting to stand very still on the train, when is approached by an out of breath policeman who is looking for him on behalf of his father. The policeman asks Christopher several questions and tells him he is going to take him to the station to meet back with his father. They go through several questions about where he is going and Christopher is adamant that he is not going back to the station with the police officer, but he is going to London to see his mother. Christopher goes on to ask the policeman if his father was arrested for killing the dog with a pitch fork. The policeman answers all of his questions, but is stern about the fact that he is taking him back to the station and he does not want any monkey business. Christopher did several things to internally distract himself from the train ride and the fact that he had to use of the restroom. After having a small accident on his pants, the police officer insisted that he go use the restroom. When Christopher entered the restroom, he was appalled and closed his eyes enough to where he did not have to see the filth and disgust around him. After he was finished using the restroom, he remembered a time where he felt safe at his house when he went inside a cupboard. He saw shelves and decided to climb on the middle one and pull cases to make him feel safe. The police officer came in looking for him, but was unsure where he was and ran away frantically. A lady came to say that he was at his stop, but he did not respond and scared that the policeman would find him, he remained on the shelf until the train started running again
In chapter 199 he went into detail about people believing in God and trying to understand the complexity of people and the world. He says people believe in God because most cannot wrap their heads around the fact that there can be complex things, such as the brain that happen by chance. He believes that life on earth happened as an accident, a good accident, but an accident. For this special accident to occur, three special things have to happen. These three things are replication, mutation, and heritability.
In reflection, Christopher is not in a good place. He is leaving his father and all he knows to find his mother. He is so stuck on the literal address of his mother and finding her location, that he is not able to exhibit any true rationale or reasoning. He is approached by the police and while the policeman is trying to ensure he is found and safe, Christopher cannot get past his dad and how he believes that he killed the dog. After multiple questions and attempts from the officer to calm him and explain why he is trying to find him, all Christopher is worries about his calming himself down and getting away from him. Again it goes back to Christopher’s concrete and sometimes what presents to be a selfish point of view, which is potentially going to put him into more danger than he could ever be prepared to deal with.