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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'engle
Jenny H. Blk: 2

What is the mystery behind Mrs. Whatsit?
Mrs. Whatsit is not human. She can morph into a creature more beautiful than Meg had even imagined. All her colourful clothes became muted, whitened. She had a marble-white body with powerful flanks. She had wings described by Meg as wings made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry. Her voice was surely not her old voice as Mrs. Whatsit, but it was a rich voice with the warmth of a woodwind, the clarity of a trumpet, the mystery of an English horn. The children took hesitant steps towards her and climbed on her back. They held on tight as she lifted into the air and moved through it. Meg soon found that there was no need to cling to Charles Wallace or Calvin because Mrs. Whatsit was flying so serenly smooth. The boys were looking around anxiously at the landscape. "Look, the mountains are so tall that you can't see where they end."pg.59. Then they flew to many more beautiful places and the children were continuously amazed. As they reached their last stop, they were more amazed than they had ever been in their lives. They came to a garden even more beautiful than anything in a dream. There were many creatures just like Mrs. Whatsit gathered in the garden. They were all over the place, some lying amongst the flowers, some swimming in a broad, crystal river that flowed through the garden, some flying in and out above the trees in what Meg thought must be a kind of dance. They were all making music with not only their throats, but also from the movement of their great wings. Meg was eagar to figure out what they were singing, but she couldn't translate it. Charles Wallace was trying very hard to concentrate on the lyrics of what the beautiful creatures were singing, but he couldn't understand it. It was possible for him to learn though Mrs. Whatsit told him. Eventually, Mrs. Whatsit helped them listen and the heard these lyrics, "sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift their voice; let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the Lord!" pg. 61. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin could not believe what they had just heard. Joy flowed throughout their bodies and all around them. "We must go now, children," Mrs. Whatsit said with deep sadness after they'd heard the singing of the creatures. She gave each of them a flower and promised them that she'd tell them how to use it later. As Megg, took the flower, she realized that it was no ordinary flower, but hundreds of tiny flowerets forming some kind of hollow bell. As they flew for a while, they finally reached a place where Mrs. Whatsit told them that they could use their flowers because the atmosphere was getting thinner. They were told to hold the flower against their faces because it would help them breathe.


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