Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O’Keefe are in a battle of good versus evil. The three find themselves aided by mysterious beings, who are helping them in a battle against the forces of evil, represented by the Black Thing and the Echthroi. Meg and Charles Wallace’s twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, soon have an adventure of their own.
A Wrinkle in Time. A stranger named Mrs. Whatsit, one of the Mrs. W’s—Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who—arrives one night at the Murrys’ door during a storm and informs Kate Murry, a microbiologist, of the existence of something called a tesseract, a method for moving through time and space. As so happened, scientist Alex Murry—husband and father—had been experimenting with time travel for the government when he had disappeared some time ago.
Meg is fourteen years old and considers herself to be awkward, gangly, and an ugly duckling. She has a bad temper that is made worse when the inhabitants of her small town talk about her father or about her five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, who exhibits some savant abilities. Charles Wallace had not started to speak until he was four years old, but when he did first talk, he did so in complete sentences. Most of the townspeople do not know this, as he rarely speaks in public.
When Meg and Charles Wallace visit Mrs. Whatsit the next day, they are met by Calvin, a brilliant teenager who goes to school with Meg. He is...
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