Chapter 11 Summary
As Meg relaxes and leans into the chest of the beast who is carrying her, one of Meg’s final thoughts before she falls asleep is about the sweet scent of the beast’s fur. Meg hopes her own scent is not offensive to this gentle creature. Later, when she awakens, Meg is relieved to discover that the pain she had been suffering is gone. She looks around and becomes aware of the darkness that surrounds her and that her clothes have been stripped from her body. Someone is rubbing an ointment onto her body. Meg stretches her muscles and is pleased that she can finally move; she is no longer paralyzed.
The beast calls the planet Ixchel. Meg asks the beast why it is so dark. Everything Meg has seen has been in shades of gray or a shadowy black. The beast is forced to ask Meg for an explanation of what “blackness” means. Then Meg learns that the beast does not see; none of the beasts do. However, Meg is told that this does not mean they do not sense things. The beasts experience their planet in many different ways; they probably sense more than Meg and the other humans can with their eyes.
Meg asks about what is being done about saving her brother, Charles Wallace. The beast, whom Meg now refers to as Aunt Beast, tells Meg that they have called a meeting to determine a plan for the boy’s rescue. Aunt Beast attempts to calm Meg, who is all too eager to blame her father for having abandoned Charles Wallace on Camazotz, the home of IT. Aunt Beast says no one should be blamed, and no one should rush into a plan that has not be thought through. Returning to Camazotz is a very dangerous endeavor, she reminds Meg. Meg surrenders to Aunt Beast’s suggestions. She feels so comfortable and at peace in Aunt Beast’s care, as if Aunt Beast would love Meg no matter what Meg said or did.
After a second nap, Meg continues to question Aunt Beast. Meg asks if she knows Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who, and...
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