A Wrinkle in Time


Madeleine L'Engle

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Mrs. Who Character Analysis

A plump old woman with huge spectacles, Mrs. Who's unique trait is that she speaks mostly in quotations, since she can't communicate so well on her own. Shakesepeare, Dante, and above all Scripture feature prominently in her speech. Her glasses allow Meg to free her father from the transparent column in which he is stuck by rearranging the atoms of the wall.

Mrs. Who Quotes in A Wrinkle in Time

The A Wrinkle in Time quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Who or refer to Mrs. Who. 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 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?

Related Characters: Mrs. Who (speaker), Mrs. Whatsit
Page Number: 72
Explanation and Analysis:
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
Explanation and Analysis:
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."

Related Characters: Mrs. Who (speaker)
Page Number: 112
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

"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!"

Related Characters: Calvin O'Keefe (speaker), Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which
Page Number: 210
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mrs. Who Character Timeline in A Wrinkle in Time

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Who appears in A Wrinkle in Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...approach the haunted house and don't find Mrs. Whatsit, but instead a friend of hers, Mrs. Who , inside. Mrs. Who is a plump, cheerful little woman with enormous glasses, sewing away... (full context)
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...doesn't know quite what's going on yet but says that he's sure Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who can be trusted. Calvin is happy, feeling as if he's going home for the first... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...them that the time has come for them to find Mr. Murry. Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who suddenly appear out of nowhere, and the children then meet their third companion, Mrs. Which,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...autumn in the Murry's village) with a tall mountain in the background. Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who materialize nearby, and Mrs. Which appears as a shimmery witch, which Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...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 in darkness; and the... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...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, gives Calvin a... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...down and eats turkey dinner, he tells Meg and Calvin that they were wrong, that the Mrs. W's were their real enemies the whole time. He is colder, crueler, and stronger, and tells... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...get Charles back: staring into his eyes, he quotes the passage from The Tempest that Mrs. Who gave him about Ariel in the cloven pine, and nearly manages to get through to... (full context)
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Suddenly, Meg has an intuition, and puts on Mrs. Who 's glasses. With the glasses on, she's able to rearrange the atoms of the cell... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...in a rush. She tells them all sulkily that their only hope is to call the Mrs. W's . When the beasts ask her to explain who the Mrs. W's are, Meg is... (full context)
Chapter 12
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As in previous times when they've appeared, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who , and Mrs. Which cannot fully materialize on the beasts' planet. Meg begins complaining to... (full context)
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...Beast, embraces her father lovingly, and, to her surprise, receives a kiss from Calvin. Again, the Mrs. W's each give Meg a gift for her journey. Mrs. Whatsit simply gives Meg her love,... (full context)