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Who is Mr. Jenkins in A Wrinkle in Time? Why is Meg so antagonistic toward him?

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Who is Mr. Jenkins in A Wrinkle in Time? Why is Meg so antagonistic toward him?

Beginning A Wrinkle in Time

In the beginning of A Wrinkle in Time, we learn that 12-year-old Meg Murry's physicist father disappeared almost a year ago. Meg misses her father very much. Sometimes her emotions get the better of her and she gets frustrated when she thinks people in town are gossiping about her family and Mr. Murry's disappearance.

Answer and Explanation:

One of the characters Meg gets frustrated with is her school principal, Mr. Jenkins. When she gets called in to his office after being rude to her teachers again, Mr. Jenkins seems to be nice enough. He asks if things are all right at home, and he says he believes Meg is capable of doing better in school than she's been doing.

Mr. Jenkins may seem like a good guy, but Meg doesn't like him and talks back to him throughout their meeting. On the surface, his questions about her family and father may seem like care for her welfare, but Meg is positive that ''behind Mr. Jenkins' surface concern was a gleam of avid curiosity.'' She's certain he just wants to know the gossip about her family, which makes her upset. Meg gets even more angry with Mr. Jenkins when he tells her to ''face facts'' that her father is never coming home.


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