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Mrs. Who in A Wrinkle in Time

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In ''A Wrinkle in Time'' by Madeline L'Engle, Meg and Charles search for their father, who disappears while studying tesseracts, with the help of the three Mrs. Ws. Let's learn more about Mrs. Who.

Tesseracts

As a child, what would you think if your father suddenly disappeared without a trace? A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is a fantastical novel of a girl, Meg, and her brother, Charles, whose father, a great scientist, disappears while working on a project about tesseracts. Tesseracts are wrinkles in time and space that allow travel within the fifth dimension. To find their father, Meg and Charles enlist the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who. In this lesson, we will find out more about Mrs. Who.

The First Meeting

Mrs. Who is a friend of Mrs. Whatsit. The children first encounter her in the haunted house in their neighborhood. When they find her, she is sewing Mrs. Buncombe's sheets. Mrs. Buncombe is the constable's wife who has been missing 12 of her sheets. When Charles confronts her about stealing, she responds, 'The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing.' Eventually, she explains that she is making ghosts to scare away visitors that come to the haunted house. Mrs. Who is a small, round woman with thick spectacles who always speaks in quotes, which sometimes makes her difficult to understand. Mrs. Whatsit explains, 'But she finds it so difficult to verbalize, Charles dear. It helps her if she can quote instead of working out words of her own.'

Saving Father

The children learn that Mrs. Who and her friends are all stars, but lost their ability to illuminate the night sky due to their battle with the Black Thing, which is an evil force they must fight to save their father. The three ladies are there to guide the children through the fifth dimension to help them do what they need to do to bring their father home. 'To stake one's life for the truth. That is what we must do,' says Mrs. Who.

Saving Charles

When Charles allows himself to be possessed by IT while trying to save his father, Meg calls on Mrs. Who and her friends to help save him. Although they are unable to do anything to help Charles, each of them bestows a blessing on Megan.

Mrs. Who quotes from I Corinthians 1:25, 'The foolishness of Cod is wiser than men; and the weakness of Cod is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, but Cod hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and Cod hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath Cod chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.'

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