When We Were Orphans - Study Guide Chapter 18 and 19 Summary & Analysis

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At the police station, Christopher is greeted warmly. However, his request for Chinese policemen to accompany him to the house cannot be granted, because they are short on men. Christopher is impatient with the delay.

Finally, it is the Lieutenant himself who agrees to escort him. They stumble through rubble and holes in the walls in the midst of the fighting. Eventually, they get to a point where the Lieutenant says that they must wait. Christopher is unreasonable and does not want to wait. He lets loose a barrage of disrespectful comments. The lieutenant, however, remains calm and polite. He explains to Christopher that if he insists on continuing, he cannot go with him. However, he thinks that Christopher, as a white man, would be safer alone anyway. He gives him a torch, a revolver and some advice before he sends him off alone.

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