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A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Calvin O'Keefe Timeline and Summary
Calvin feels a compulsion to go to the woods, where he meets Meg and Charles Wallace. Talking to Charles Wallace causes Calvin to rethink his assumptions about the boy's intelligence, or lack thereof. Calvin goes with Meg and Charles to meet Mrs. Who. Calvin is very happy to be going with Meg and Charles to their home for dinner. Calvin tells Meg how lucky she is to have a family that loves her. Calvin asks Meg about her father. Calvin gets unexpected help from Meg on his homework. Calvin quizzes Meg on her scientific and general knowledge. Calvin feels that he's no longer alone now that he's met the Murrys. Calvin and Meg go for a walk in the garden. Calvin starts to put the moves on Meg, but they are interrupted by Charles Wallace, who is soon followed by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. With the others, Calvin is tessered off to Uriel, though he is at first skeptical of the whole thing. Calvin rides on the transformed Mrs. Whatsit's back with Meg and Charles to see the Black Thing. Calvin thinks the Black Thing is evil. Calvin and the others go to the Happy Medium's planet. Calvin and the others look at the Black Thing in the Happy Medium's crystal ball. At Meg's request, the Happy Medium brings up Calvin's mother in her crystal ball, embarrassing Calvin. Calvin and the others tesser to Camazotz. Calvin receives gifts from the Mrs. Ws: an enhanced power to communicate, a speech from The Tempest by Shakespeare, and a command to go into the town. When they reach the town, Calvin has a feeling that if they go into the CENTRAL Central Intelligence building they will be in great danger. Calvin and the others encounter the man with the red eyes. Calvin resists the man by reciting the Gettysburg Address. Calvin joins Meg in eating the man's turkey dinner. Calvin agrees with Charles that he has to let the man into his mind in order to be able to find Mr. Murry. Calvin tackles Chucky, the robotic, possessed version of Charles Wallace, and gets pulled off by the man's minions. Calvin and Meg follow Chucky, who is leading them to Mr. Murry. Calvin tries to get through to Charles Wallace, and almost succeeds. Calvin almost gets left behind by Chucky. Calvin again tries to communicate with Charles Wallace, and again almost succeeds. Calvin gets left behind when both Meg and Chucky go into the room where Mr. Murry is imprisoned. Calvin, Meg, and Mr. Murry follow Chucky to IT. Calvin tells Mr. Murry to tesser. Calvin and Mr. Murry discuss Mr. Murry's tesseract project while Meg slowly regains consciousness. Calvin talks to the beasts when they arrive, explaining who they are and where they're from. Calvin has breakfast with Mr. Murry, and is soon joined by a recovered Meg. Calvin wants to prevent Meg from going back to save Charles Wallace, but the Mrs. Ws ignore him. Calvin insults Meg in an attempt to stop her from going back to IT. Calvin kisses Meg goodbye before she leaves. Calvin is tessered back to Murrys' garden after Meg successfully rescues Charles Wallace.