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Chapter 1 Quotes

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
 
"The tesseract—" Mrs. Murry whispered. "What did she mean? How could she have known?"
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Mrs. Murry
 

Chapter 2 Quotes

"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
 
"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 

Chapter 3 Quotes

"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."
"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 

Chapter 4 Quotes

"Should I change, too?" Mrs. Who asked. "Oh, but I've had fun in these clothes. But I'll have to admit Mrs. Whatsit is the best at it. Das Werk lobt den Meister. German. The work proves the craftsman. Shall I transform now, too?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Who
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit
 
"Listen, then," Mrs. Whatsit said. The resonant voice rose and the words seemed to be all around them so that Meg felt that she could almost reach out and touch them: "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..."
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Whatsit
 
It was a shadow, nothing but a shadow. It was not even as tangible as a cloud. Was it cast by something? Or was it a Thing in itself?...What could there be about a shadow that was terrible that she knew that there had never been before or ever would be again, anything that would chill her with a fear that was beyond shuddering, beyond crying or screaming, beyond the possibility of comfort?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Meg Murry
 

Chapter 5 Quotes

The Medium lost the delighted smile she had worn till then. "Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?"
Again Mrs. Which's voice reverberated through the cave. "Therre will nno llonggerr bee sso many pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleasanntt oness."
Location: Chapter 5
 
"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
 

Chapter 6 Quotes

From somewhere Mrs. Who's glasses glimmered and they heard her voice. "Calvin," she said, "a hint. For you a hint. Listen well:
For that he was a spirit too delicate
To act their earthy and abhorr'd commands,
Refusing their grand hests, they did confine him
By help of their most potent ministers,
And in their most unmitigable rage,
Into a cloven pine; within which rift
Imprisoned, he didst painfully remain
….
Shakespeare. The Tempest."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Mrs. Who
 
"We are the most oriented city on the planet. There has been no trouble of any kind for centuries. All Camazotz knows our record. That is why we are the capital city of Camazotz. That is why CENTRAL Central Intelligence is located here. That is why IT makes ITs home here." There was something about the way he said "IT" that made a shiver run up and down Meg's spine.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 

Chapter 7 Quotes

"For why should you wish to fight someone who is here only to save you pain and trouble? For you, as well as for the rest of all the happy, useful people on this planet, I, in my own strength, am willing to assume all the pain, all the responsibility, all the burdens of thought and decision."
Location: Chapter 7
 
Now the red eyes and the light above seemed to bore into Charles, and again the pupils of the little boy's eyes contracted. When the final point of black was lost in blue he turned away from the red eyes, looked at Meg, and smiled sweetly, but the smile was not Charles Wallace's smile.
Location: Chapter 7
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 

Chapter 8 Quotes

"I'm different, and I like being different." Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
"Maybe I don't like being different," Meg said, "but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
"Nobody suffers here," Charles intoned. "Nobody is ever unhappy."
"But nobody's ever happy, either," Meg said earnestly. "Maybe if you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 

Chapter 9 Quotes

Breathing quickly with excitement, Calvin continued to pin Charles Wallace with his stare. "You're like Ariel in the cloven pine, Charles. And I can let you out. Look at me, Charles. Come back to us."
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
"But that's exactly what we have on Camazotz. Complete equality. Everybody exactly alike."
For a moment her brain reeled with confusion. Then came a moment of blazing truth. "No!" she cried triumphantly. "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Location: Chapter 9
 

Chapter 10 Quotes

"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
 
"We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Mr. Murry
 

Chapter 11 Quotes

It was a music more tangible than form or sight…It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.
Location: Chapter 11
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
 

Chapter 12 Quotes

"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
 
Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
 

Meg Murry Quotes

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
 
"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."
"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
It was a shadow, nothing but a shadow. It was not even as tangible as a cloud. Was it cast by something? Or was it a Thing in itself?...What could there be about a shadow that was terrible that she knew that there had never been before or ever would be again, anything that would chill her with a fear that was beyond shuddering, beyond crying or screaming, beyond the possibility of comfort?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Meg Murry
 
"We are the most oriented city on the planet. There has been no trouble of any kind for centuries. All Camazotz knows our record. That is why we are the capital city of Camazotz. That is why CENTRAL Central Intelligence is located here. That is why IT makes ITs home here." There was something about the way he said "IT" that made a shiver run up and down Meg's spine.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"Nobody suffers here," Charles intoned. "Nobody is ever unhappy."
"But nobody's ever happy, either," Meg said earnestly. "Maybe if you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"I'm different, and I like being different." Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
"Maybe I don't like being different," Meg said, "but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
"But that's exactly what we have on Camazotz. Complete equality. Everybody exactly alike."
For a moment her brain reeled with confusion. Then came a moment of blazing truth. "No!" she cried triumphantly. "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Location: Chapter 9
 
"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
 
It was a music more tangible than form or sight…It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.
Location: Chapter 11
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
 

Charles Wallace Murry Quotes

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
 
"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
 
"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
 
Now the red eyes and the light above seemed to bore into Charles, and again the pupils of the little boy's eyes contracted. When the final point of black was lost in blue he turned away from the red eyes, looked at Meg, and smiled sweetly, but the smile was not Charles Wallace's smile.
Location: Chapter 7
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
"Nobody suffers here," Charles intoned. "Nobody is ever unhappy."
"But nobody's ever happy, either," Meg said earnestly. "Maybe if you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
Breathing quickly with excitement, Calvin continued to pin Charles Wallace with his stare. "You're like Ariel in the cloven pine, Charles. And I can let you out. Look at me, Charles. Come back to us."
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
"But that's exactly what we have on Camazotz. Complete equality. Everybody exactly alike."
For a moment her brain reeled with confusion. Then came a moment of blazing truth. "No!" she cried triumphantly. "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Location: Chapter 9
 
Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
 

Calvin O'Keefe Quotes

"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
 
"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."
"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
 
"I'm different, and I like being different." Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
"Maybe I don't like being different," Meg said, "but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
 
Breathing quickly with excitement, Calvin continued to pin Charles Wallace with his stare. "You're like Ariel in the cloven pine, Charles. And I can let you out. Look at me, Charles. Come back to us."
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 
"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
 
"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
 

Mrs. Murry Quotes

"The tesseract—" Mrs. Murry whispered. "What did she mean? How could she have known?"
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Mrs. Murry
 
"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 

Sandy and Dennys Murry Quotes

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
 

Mr. Murry Quotes

"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
 
"We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Mr. Murry
 

Mrs. Whatsit Quotes

"Should I change, too?" Mrs. Who asked. "Oh, but I've had fun in these clothes. But I'll have to admit Mrs. Whatsit is the best at it. Das Werk lobt den Meister. German. The work proves the craftsman. Shall I transform now, too?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Who
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit
 
"Listen, then," Mrs. Whatsit said. The resonant voice rose and the words seemed to be all around them so that Meg felt that she could almost reach out and touch them: "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..."
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Whatsit
 
"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
 
"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
 
"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
 

Mrs. Who Quotes

"Should I change, too?" Mrs. Who asked. "Oh, but I've had fun in these clothes. But I'll have to admit Mrs. Whatsit is the best at it. Das Werk lobt den Meister. German. The work proves the craftsman. Shall I transform now, too?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Who
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit
 
"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
 
From somewhere Mrs. Who's glasses glimmered and they heard her voice. "Calvin," she said, "a hint. For you a hint. Listen well:
For that he was a spirit too delicate
To act their earthy and abhorr'd commands,
Refusing their grand hests, they did confine him
By help of their most potent ministers,
And in their most unmitigable rage,
Into a cloven pine; within which rift
Imprisoned, he didst painfully remain
….
Shakespeare. The Tempest."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Mrs. Who
 
"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
 

Mrs. Which Quotes

The Medium lost the delighted smile she had worn till then. "Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?"
Again Mrs. Which's voice reverberated through the cave. "Therre will nno llonggerr bee sso many pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleasanntt oness."
Location: Chapter 5
 
"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
 

The Happy Medium Quotes

The Medium lost the delighted smile she had worn till then. "Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?"
Again Mrs. Which's voice reverberated through the cave. "Therre will nno llonggerr bee sso many pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleasanntt oness."
Location: Chapter 5
 

The Man with the Red Eyes Quotes

"For why should you wish to fight someone who is here only to save you pain and trouble? For you, as well as for the rest of all the happy, useful people on this planet, I, in my own strength, am willing to assume all the pain, all the responsibility, all the burdens of thought and decision."
Location: Chapter 7
 
Now the red eyes and the light above seemed to bore into Charles, and again the pupils of the little boy's eyes contracted. When the final point of black was lost in blue he turned away from the red eyes, looked at Meg, and smiled sweetly, but the smile was not Charles Wallace's smile.
Location: Chapter 7
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
 

IT Quotes

"We are the most oriented city on the planet. There has been no trouble of any kind for centuries. All Camazotz knows our record. That is why we are the capital city of Camazotz. That is why CENTRAL Central Intelligence is located here. That is why IT makes ITs home here." There was something about the way he said "IT" that made a shiver run up and down Meg's spine.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"Nobody suffers here," Charles intoned. "Nobody is ever unhappy."
"But nobody's ever happy, either," Meg said earnestly. "Maybe if you aren't unhappy sometimes you don't know how to be happy."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
 
"But that's exactly what we have on Camazotz. Complete equality. Everybody exactly alike."
For a moment her brain reeled with confusion. Then came a moment of blazing truth. "No!" she cried triumphantly. "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Location: Chapter 9
 
Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, IT
 

Quotes for the "Nonconformity" Theme

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing

"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing

"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing

"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."
"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances

"We are the most oriented city on the planet. There has been no trouble of any kind for centuries. All Camazotz knows our record. That is why we are the capital city of Camazotz. That is why CENTRAL Central Intelligence is located here. That is why IT makes ITs home here." There was something about the way he said "IT" that made a shiver run up and down Meg's spine.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: IT
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry

"For why should you wish to fight someone who is here only to save you pain and trouble? For you, as well as for the rest of all the happy, useful people on this planet, I, in my own strength, am willing to assume all the pain, all the responsibility, all the burdens of thought and decision."
Location: Chapter 7

"I'm different, and I like being different." Calvin's voice was unnaturally loud.
"Maybe I don't like being different," Meg said, "but I don't want to be like everybody else, either."
Location: Chapter 8
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe

"But that's exactly what we have on Camazotz. Complete equality. Everybody exactly alike."
For a moment her brain reeled with confusion. Then came a moment of blazing truth. "No!" she cried triumphantly. "Like and equal are not the same thing at all!"
Location: Chapter 9

"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing

"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing

Quotes for the "The Value of Love" Theme

"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

Charles. Charles, I love you. My baby brother who always takes care of me. Come back to me, Charles Wallace, come away from IT, come back, come home. I love you, Charles. Oh, Charles Wallace, I love you.
Location: Chapter 12
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, IT

Quotes for the "Deceptive Appearances" Theme

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Language and Knowing

"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Language and Knowing

"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Language and Knowing

"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."
"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Calvin O'Keefe
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity

"Should I change, too?" Mrs. Who asked. "Oh, but I've had fun in these clothes. But I'll have to admit Mrs. Whatsit is the best at it. Das Werk lobt den Meister. German. The work proves the craftsman. Shall I transform now, too?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Who
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

It was a shadow, nothing but a shadow. It was not even as tangible as a cloud. Was it cast by something? Or was it a Thing in itself?...What could there be about a shadow that was terrible that she knew that there had never been before or ever would be again, anything that would chill her with a fear that was beyond shuddering, beyond crying or screaming, beyond the possibility of comfort?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Meg Murry

Now the red eyes and the light above seemed to bore into Charles, and again the pupils of the little boy's eyes contracted. When the final point of black was lost in blue he turned away from the red eyes, looked at Meg, and smiled sweetly, but the smile was not Charles Wallace's smile.
Location: Chapter 7
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry

"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Language and Knowing

"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing, Christian References

It was a music more tangible than form or sight…It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.
Location: Chapter 11
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Language and Knowing

Quotes for the "Language and Knowing" Theme

How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew—or seemed to care—what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's that he probed with frightening accuracy.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Deceptive Appearances

"…I'm a sport."
At that Charles Wallace grinned widely. "So ‘m I."
"I don't mean like in baseball," Calvin said.
"Neither do I."
"I mean like in biology," Calvin said suspiciously.
"A change in gene," Charles Wallace quoted, "resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to the its offspring."
Location: Chapter 2
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Deceptive Appearances

"Lead on, moron," Calvin cried gaily. "I've never even seen your house, and I have the funniest feeling that for the first time in my life I'm going home!"
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: The Value of Love

"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."
"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."
Location: Chapter 3
Speakers: Meg Murry, Mrs. Murry
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Deceptive Appearances

"Should I change, too?" Mrs. Who asked. "Oh, but I've had fun in these clothes. But I'll have to admit Mrs. Whatsit is the best at it. Das Werk lobt den Meister. German. The work proves the craftsman. Shall I transform now, too?
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Who
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances

"Listen, then," Mrs. Whatsit said. The resonant voice rose and the words seemed to be all around them so that Meg felt that she could almost reach out and touch them: "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..."
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Whatsit
•Other themes related to this quote: Christian References

"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
•Other themes related to this quote: Christian References

From somewhere Mrs. Who's glasses glimmered and they heard her voice. "Calvin," she said, "a hint. For you a hint. Listen well:
For that he was a spirit too delicate
To act their earthy and abhorr'd commands,
Refusing their grand hests, they did confine him
By help of their most potent ministers,
And in their most unmitigable rage,
Into a cloven pine; within which rift
Imprisoned, he didst painfully remain
….
Shakespeare. The Tempest."
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Mrs. Who

Breathing quickly with excitement, Calvin continued to pin Charles Wallace with his stare. "You're like Ariel in the cloven pine, Charles. And I can let you out. Look at me, Charles. Come back to us."
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Charles Wallace Murry

"You don't even know where we are!" she cried out at her father. "We'll never see Mother or the twins again! We don't know where earth is!...What are you going to do!" She did not realize that she was as much in the power of the Black Thing as Charles Wallace.
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Meg Murry
Mentioned or related: Mr. Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Deceptive Appearances

"We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Mr. Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Christian References

"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Christian References

It was a music more tangible than form or sight…It seemed to travel with her, to sweep her aloft in the power of song, so that she was moving in glory among the stars, and for a moment she, too, felt that the words Darkness and Light had no meaning, and only this melody was real.
Location: Chapter 11
Mentioned or related: Meg Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances

"You mean you're comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?"
"Yes." Mrs. Whatsit said. "You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you."
Location: Chapter 12
•Other themes related to this quote: Nonconformity, Deceptive Appearances

Quotes for the "Christian References" Theme

"Listen, then," Mrs. Whatsit said. The resonant voice rose and the words seemed to be all around them so that Meg felt that she could almost reach out and touch them: "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..."
Location: Chapter 4
Speaker: Mrs. Whatsit
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

"Who have our fighters been?" Calvin asked.
"Oh, you must know them, dear," Mrs. Whatsit said.
Mrs. Who's spectacles shone out at them triumphantly, "And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
"Jesus!" Charles Wallace said. "Why of course, Jesus!"
"Of course!" Mrs. Whatsit said. "Go on, Charles, love. There were others. All your great artists. They've been lights for us to see by."
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

"We were sent here for something. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Location: Chapter 10
Speaker: Mr. Murry
•Other themes related to this quote: Language and Knowing

"Angels!" Calvin shouted suddenly from across the table. "Guardian angels!" There was a moment's silence, and he shouted again, his face tense with concentration, "Messengers! Messengers of God!"
Location: Chapter 11
Speaker: Calvin O'Keefe
Mentioned or related: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
•Other themes related to this quote: Deceptive Appearances, Language and Knowing