A Wrinkle in Time


Madeleine L'Engle

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IT is a gigantic, disgusting brain that controls the minds of all the inhabitants of Camazotz and does all the thinking for them. IT is pure evil, total Darkness, and is what captured Mr. Murry when he tessered to Camazotz by accident some time before the action of the book begins. IT, which claims to have all intelligence and all efficiency, is vulnerable only to the one thing it lacks: love.

IT Quotes in A Wrinkle in Time

The A Wrinkle in Time quotes below are all either spoken by IT or refer to IT. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Square Fish edition of A Wrinkle in Time published in 2007.
Chapter 6 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.

Related Characters: IT (speaker), Meg Murry
Page Number: 121
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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

"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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IT Character Timeline in A Wrinkle in Time

The timeline below shows where the character IT appears in A Wrinkle in Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...no trouble there for centuries, and that is the location of CENTRAL Central Intelligence, where IT makes ITs home. The children have no idea what any of that means, but the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...mutters something about how he doesn't want to get in trouble and have to see IT. He feeds some papers into a wall, and the wall suddenly disappears to give way... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...them that rather than search for Mr. Murry, Calvin and Meg should give in to IT. He notes how happy everyone is on Camazotz: how no one ever suffers because they... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...sniggers, as he isn't going to allow them in, and advises them to give into IT, as he did. Calvin tries one more time to get Charles back: staring into his... (full context)
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Outside, the Charles Wallace under the control of IT awaits, displeased. Meg briefly introduces her father to Calvin. Mr. Murry then tries to talk... (full context)
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...pulse's rhythm. The building is empty other than a round central platform on which stands IT: a disgusting oversized brain. Its pulsing dictates the rhythm of the whole building, and slowly... (full context)
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Mr. Murry shouts that they must not give into ITs efforts to control them with its pulses. To try and fight it off, Meg yells... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...the tesseract. He adds that he was about to lose hope and give in to IT when the children rescued him. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...but Mrs. Whatsit forbids it, saying that he would have to go so deep into IT to save Charles that Calvin himself would be lost. A silence follows. (full context)
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Meg braces herself and sets out for the domed building where IT is waiting. All too soon she arrives, the building sucks her in, and she feels... (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 loves more than anything else in the world.... (full context)