A Wrinkle in Time

Charles Wallace Murry Character Analysis

Meg's gifted five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace's talents extend from advanced factual and scientific knowledge to an unusual ability to penetrate and understand the minds of others. His assurance of his abilities proves to be his vulnerability as he believes he can mentally fight IT, and ends up being absorbed into IT, until Meg's love brings him back.

Charles Wallace Murry Quotes in A Wrinkle in Time

The A Wrinkle in Time quotes below are all either spoken by Charles Wallace Murry or refer to Charles Wallace Murry. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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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.

Related Characters: Meg Murry (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry, Sandy and Dennys Murry
Page Number: 13
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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."

Related Characters: Charles Wallace Murry (speaker), Calvin O'Keefe (speaker)
Page Number: 38
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Chapter 3 Quotes

"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."

Related Characters: Meg Murry (speaker), Mrs. Murry (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry
Page Number: 54
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Chapter 5 Quotes

"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."

Related Characters: Charles Wallace Murry (speaker), Calvin O'Keefe (speaker), Mrs. Whatsit (speaker), Mrs. Who (speaker)
Page Number: 100
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Chapter 7 Quotes

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.

Related Characters: The Man with the Red Eyes (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry
Page Number: 146
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"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."

Related Characters: Charles Wallace Murry (speaker), IT (speaker), Meg Murry
Page Number: 157
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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."

Related Characters: Calvin O'Keefe (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry
Page Number: 163
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"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!"

Related Characters: Meg Murry (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry (speaker), IT (speaker)
Page Number: 177
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Chapter 12 Quotes

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.

Related Characters: Meg Murry (speaker), Charles Wallace Murry, IT
Page Number: 229
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Charles Wallace Murry Character Timeline in A Wrinkle in Time

The timeline below shows where the character Charles Wallace Murry appears in A Wrinkle in Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...down to the kitchen in search of hot cocoa, where she finds her five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, waiting for her. (full context)
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Charles Wallace is another cause of Meg's concern. He's unusually intelligent (not surprising, as both their... (full context)
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Anticipating her thoughts, Charles has already put some hot milk on the stove for Meg. As they chat and... (full context)
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...bringing back in an old woman covered in an absurd amount of brightly colored clothing. Charles seems to know her and calls her Mrs. Whatsit. Meg is very suspicious of her,... (full context)
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...constable's wife's sheets, and furthermore, that there is such a thing as a "tesseract". While Charles and Meg have no idea what this means, Mrs. Murry turns white and murmurs to... (full context)
Chapter 2
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When she returns home, Meg finds Charles waiting for her with a snack, Fortinbras on a leash, and a plan to go... (full context)
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As they near Mrs. Whatsit's house, Meg and Charles are surprised to run into a boy from Meg's school: Calvin O'Keefe. Meg only knows... (full context)
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...house. Mrs. Who often expresses herself by quoting great authors, frequently in different languages. When Charles asks Mrs. Who if she knows Calvin, she says, "He wasn't my idea, Charlsie, but... (full context)
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As the three of them return to the Murrys house, Meg is thoroughly confused. Charles doesn't know quite what's going on yet but says that he's sure Mrs. Whatsit and... (full context)
Chapter 3
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After dinner, Calvin goes upstairs to read Charles a book before goes to bed (Charles requests the Book of Genesis), and Meg tentatively... (full context)
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At that moment, Charles Wallace steps out of the shadows and apologizes for interrupting, but tells them that the... (full context)
Chapter 4
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A moment ago, Meg was standing with Calvin and Charles in the backyard of their house. Now, all of sudden, she is whipped into nothingness.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...spots in space and time together and cross over from one to the other. When Charles and Calvin understand her explanation but Meg doesn't, Charles gives Meg a more mathematical explanation,... (full context)
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...universe, and some of the best fighters for the good have come from Earth. When Charles asks who, Mrs. Who smilingly quotes from the Gospel of John, "And the light shineth... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...three "gifts": to Calvin, his unusual ability to communicate, to Meg, her faults, and to Charles, his childhood. Mrs. Who, who, like Mrs. Which, wasn't able to materialize fully on Camazotz,... (full context)
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As Meg, Charles, and Calvin walk through the neighborhood on the outskirts, they notice that every house is... (full context)
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...same way, and he suspiciously stops them and asks them what they're doing out. When Charles asks him about this city, the boy tells him that it has the highest production... (full context)
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...going in and out in a mechanical manner, paying no attention to the children. As Charles tries to mentally probe them a bit, he becomes sure that they're not robots because... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Meg, Charles, and Calvin enter the building. Inside, they ask a man how to see whoever's in... (full context)
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As soon as they are near him, Charles begins to feel something trying to take over his mind, but he is able to... (full context)
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The man with red eyes seems to have been expecting Meg and Charles, but not Calvin (who is apparently an unpleasant surprise). Still, he doesn't seem too bothered,... (full context)
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The man with red eyes seems to be most focused on Charles Wallace, and he invites Charles to mentally probe him to find out who he is.... (full context)
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To prove that Charles must be permitted to complete this in order to advance to the next level, the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Meg demands of the man with the red eyes what has happened to the real Charles Wallace, the man innocently protests that he's right there before her. This new Charles speaks... (full context)
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The man with red eyes asks Charles to bring Meg and Calvin to Mr. Murry, and strangely, Charles now knows his way... (full context)
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Charles then lectures them that rather than search for Mr. Murry, Calvin and Meg should give... (full context)
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They exit the elevator, and Charles shows them the little boy they saw earlier (who dropped his ball) being tortured so... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...it was transparent. Mr. Murry can't seem to hear or see her through the barrier. Charles sniggers, as he isn't going to allow them in, and advises them to give into... (full context)
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Outside, the Charles Wallace under the control of IT awaits, displeased. Meg briefly introduces her father to Calvin.... (full context)
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Charles leads Meg, his father, and Calvin out of the CENTRAL Central Intelligence building, through nighttime... (full context)
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...Declaration of Independence. But when she says "that all men are created equal", IT, using Charles as mouthpiece, tells her that on Camazotz everyone is equal, everyone is alike. In a... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...that they are on a dull gray plain bordered by dull gray trees, and that Charles Wallace isn't with them. She instantly becomes very upset with her father for leaving her... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Their discussion turns to Charles Wallace, and as soon as Meg begins blaming her father for abandoning him, the beast... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...Murry tells them that he is going to try to return to Camazotz to get Charles back, but Mrs. Which tells him that were he to go he would not be... (full context)
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Meg realizes that she is the one who must rescue Charles. She feels terrified and overwhelmed, bursts into tears, and cries out, "All right, I'll go,... (full context)
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...Happy Medium have both seen that for Meg to go alone is the only way Charles may be saved, though they don't know what will happen…but they do believe she will... (full context)
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...take over her lungs and heart…but she fights. Even more painful is the sight of Charles, whose blue eyes are still slowly twirling and who is crouching, slack-jawed by IT. When... (full context)
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Meg stands there, gazing at Charles, and loving him. She focuses not on IT, but on her own brother who she... (full context)