Chapter 10 Summary
Meg begins to return to consciousness. Her first sensation is of extreme cold. She feels so cold she wonders if she is frozen. She cannot move. She cannot speak. Although she can hear voices around her, the words sound as if they were made of ice.
She knows her father and Calvin are near her; she wonders where Charles Wallace is. Then her father notices a slight pulse returning in Meg. She wants to call out to tell him and Calvin that she is alive, but she is unable to. Meg’s confrontation with IT was too much for her. They tessered out of IT’s presence at the last possible moment—seconds away from Meg’s being completely mentally consumed by IT. The experience has left her dangerously depleted of energy.
Meg’s father and Calvin are looking over Meg. She hears her father explaining what had happened to him. In response to many of Calvin’s questions, Mr. Murry relates how he learned about tessering. Once discovered, the government agency for whom he was working wanted to test it. The first man in Mr. Murry’s group who attempted to tesser disappeared and never reappeared. Mr. Murry was the second one to try it. As he explains to Calvin, the process turned out to be more powerful than anyone had imagined. The scientists were toying with something they did not understand. They had figured out that matter and energy were the same thing and that time had a material basis. But their knowledge was like that of a young child in comparison to what they needed to learn—and it was far more dangerous than anyone had anticipated.
As Meg listens to her father, she feels more depressed. Previously, she had believed that once she found her father everything would be solved. But now that she has found her father, everything seems worse than before. Charles is lost. They are stranded on a strange planet. And she feels completely paralyzed.
She finally manages to speak. Mr. Murry and Calvin beg Meg to try to move, but she cannot even wiggle her toes. While Mr. Murry is rubbing Meg’s hands, trying to warm her, they notice three figures coming toward them. The closer the get, the stranger they look to Meg. They have four arms and their fingers look like tentacles. In place of ears and hair on their heads, they have more tentacles. One of the beasts bends over Meg and then raises her from the ground. When Mr. Murry objects, the beast tells him that they must take Meg away or she will die.
Meg is frightened until she feels the tentacles against her skin. She immediately senses warmth. When her head is pressed against the beast’s fur, she relaxes.