4) Why does Christopher like Sherlock Holmes so much?

Christopher believes that if he were a real detective, he would be like Sherlock Holmes. Christopher copies Sherlock Holmes’s sleuthing style as he attempts to solve Wellington’s murder mystery. He feels an affinity for Sherlock Holmes because they are both intelligent, observant, and obsessive about their interests. Christopher writes, “[Holmes] is very intelligent and he solves the mystery and he says, ‘The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.’ But he notices them, like I do.” The irony of this comparison is that Sherlock Holmes also struggles to empathize and connect with others emotionally, which Christopher does not note. Like Christopher, Sherlock Holmes interacts with the world in an unconventional manner, so Christopher feels validated by this fictional character.