Chapter 1 Summary

A Wrinkle in Time begins with an introduction to Margaret “Meg” Murry, an adolescent girl whose mood matches the “dark and stormy” weather that opens the novel. Meg, sitting in her attic bedroom, frets about the storm and her troubles at school—both beyond her control.

Meg’s life at school is dismal. Her teachers do not understand her and her apparent lack of intellect; they suggest that she be held back and not promoted at the end of the school year. Her relationships with other students are no better. When a boy insults her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, Meg instigates a fight. The bruised eye she receives is a small hurt compared to the inner pain she is experiencing. Meg’s father has been...

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