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Mrs Who Meg awakes in the morning and thinks the previous night must have been a dream In the kitchen over breakfast her mother tells her it was not a dream She knows what a tesseract is but there is no time to explain it to Meg before Meg goes to school That day at school Meg performs poorly and is sent to the principal Mr Jenkins The principal tells her she has the wrong attitude and needs to learn to apply herself He asks whether Meg has had any news of her father Meg is unwilling to give him any information It turns out that her father is a physicist and it is almost a year since they had a letter from him Mr Jenkins tells her she should face facts He assumes that her father will never return After school Charles Wallace takes Meg to see Mrs Whatsit On the way they meet a boy named Calvin OKeefe who is two years older than Meg When they question him Calvin says he comes to the woods to get away from his family As the children talk Calvin discovers that Charles Wallace is not the dumb moron others had led him to expect It also transpires that Calvin is on his way to the haunted house He just had a feeling that he ought to go there The three of them go into the old house where they meet Mrs Who one of Mrs Whatsits two friends She is sewing a sheet and Charles rebukes her for having taken it from Mrs Buncombe Mrs Who tells them that Megs father needs their help but the time for it is not yet ripe As they leave the house Meg tells Charles Wallace that she does not understand He promises to explain after they have all had something to eat Analysis Developing the theme of nonverbal communication hinted at in chapter 1
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