The Owl Post: Our Very Own Tesseract

The Owl Post: Our Very Own Tesseract

Deborah Cherrin March 23, 2020

Today our excerpt is from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

For those of us who feel like we’re living in a science fiction novel, here is some inspiration from a master story-teller.

“But I wanted to do it for you,” Mr. Murray said. “That’s what every parent wants.” He looked into her dark, frightened eyes. “I won’t let you go, Meg. I am going.”

“No.” Mrs. Whatsit’s voice was sterner than Meg had ever heard it. “You are going to allow Meg the privilege of accepting this danger. You are a wise man, Mr. Murray. You are going to let her go.”

Mr. Murray sighed. He drew Meg close to him. “Little Megaparsec. Don’t be afraid to be afraid. We will try to have courage for you. That is all we can do. Your mother–”

“Mother was always shoving me out in the world,” Meg said. “She’d want me to do this. You know she would. Tell her–” she started, choked, then held up her head and said, “No. Never mind. I’ll tell her myself.”

“Good girl. Of course you will.”

As many of you know, Meg successfully rescued her young brother, Charles Wallace, from the evil Tesseract. In the end, she defeated the Tesseract with the power of Love.

From A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, commemorative edition, published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books in 2012. Original publication date was 1962 by Crosswicks, Ltd.

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