A Wrinkle in Time Chapter 8 Summary
by Madeleine L'Engle

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Chapter 8 Summary

Meg screams at the man with the red eyes, demanding that he tell her where her brother is. The man tells Meg that she is acting hysterically. He points out that she can see Charles Wallace is right in front of her. He adds that she should take note that Charles Wallace is completely happy. Meg looks at her brother but will not accept the man’s conclusion. She knows that although the boy still looks like Charles Wallace, inside he is someone else.

Calvin tries to calm Meg down; he reminds her not to lose herself to her emotions. She must keep her mind clear so she will not become another victim of the man with the red eyes. Calvin tells her that Charles Wallace is in there somewhere. They need to hold onto him and not let him go. They will find him eventually, Calvin insists.

In the meantime, Charles Wallace tries to convince Meg and Calvin that they have been all wrong in the past. The man with the red eyes is a friend. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who are their enemies. Meg and Calvin need to relax, Charles Wallace says, and accept the advice of the man with the red eyes. Neither Meg nor Calvin accepts this.

Calvin steps forward at this point and states that he knows someone is talking through Charles Wallace, and he wants to know who or what that someone is. The man with the red eyes tells Calvin it is not necessary for him to know more than that the person in charge is called the Prime Coordinator. When Calvin asks if the man with the red eyes will take them to Charles Wallace and Meg’s father, the man says Charles Wallace will take them there.

Then Meg remembers that Mrs. Whatsit told Calvin his gift was communication. She suggests that Calvin attempt...

(The entire section is 471 words.)