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A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Charles Wallace Murry Timeline and Summary
Charles Wallace senses that Meg is going to need some cocoa, so he makes some. Charles also senses that his mom is going to need sandwiches, so he gets started on that too. Charles talks to Mrs. Whatsit when she turns up. Charles meets Meg when she gets home from school and takes her to visit Mrs. Whatsit. On the way they run into Calvin, whom Charles is at first suspicious of but eventually warms to. Charles introduces Meg and Calvin to Mrs. Who. Charles and Meg take Calvin home for dinner. Charles interrupts Meg and Calvin on their moonlight walk, followed by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Charles looks for Meg post-tesser and can't find her. Charles is relieved when Meg finally joins them. Charles is peeved that the Mrs. Ws didn't show more consideration for Meg. Charles, Meg, and Calvin ride on winged-centaur Mrs. Whatsit's back. Charles almost-but-not-quite understands the other centaurs' song, so he collaborates with Mrs. Whatsit to translate for Meg. Charles, along with the others, observes the Black Thing. Charles tries to explain the tesseract to Meg. Charles tells off Mrs. Which for trying to land them on a two-dimensional planet. Charles sees the Black Thing wreathing Earth in the Happy Medium's crystal ball. Charles sees a star sacrifice itself to fight the Black Thing, realizes Mrs. Whatsit did the same thing, and gives her a kiss. Charles reassures Meg that he'll make sure she gets fed. Charles, Meg, and Calvin land on Camazotz. Charles asks Mrs. Whatsit why she's afraid for them if she wasn't afraid to sacrifice herself, and she tells him she was afraid. Charles receives gifts from the Mrs. Ws: the resilience of childhood, a reminder that he doesn't know everything, and a command to go into the city. Mrs. Whatsit reminds Charles to beware of pride and arrogance, and not to go off on his own. Charles, Meg, and Calvin walk through the suburbs towards the city. Charles notices that all the kids are playing in exactly the same rhythm. After the kids go indoors, Charles knocks on the door of the one kid who was out of sync, and talk to his mother. Charles talks to a boy delivering newspapers. Charles insists they go into the CENTRAL Central Intelligence Building. Charles talks to a man there and gets them reported. Charles, with Meg and Calvin, encounters the man with the red eyes. Charles uncharacteristically threatens violence against the man. Charles recites nursery rhymes to resist the man's hypnotic powers. Charles refuses to speak to the man by letting him read his mind. Charles slaps the man. Charles looks into the man's eyes in order to try to figure out who he is and is nearly possessed, but Meg brings him back to himself. Charles can't smell or taste the turkey dinner. Charles again looks into the man's eyes, and this time is wholly possessed. We'll call this possessed version of Charles "Chucky." Chucky now thinks the turkey dinner is delicious, and criticizes Meg for being obstreperous. Chucky leads Meg and Calvin to where Mr. Murry is imprisoned, all the while telling them about the wonderfulness of IT. Chucky tries to stop Meg from getting into the room where her father is, but fails. Chucky is rude to his father. Chucky takes Meg, Calvin, and Mr. Murry to IT. Chucky is left behind with IT when Mr. Murry tessers away with Meg and Calvin. When Meg returns, Chucky tries to get her over to the dark side, but Meg triumphs through the power of love. Charles, no longer possessed, returns home with Meg and the others.