Chapter Ten: Absolute Zero
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- When Meg wakes up, she is unable to move or talk. Which of Meg's “faults” is most present in those moments?
- Mr. Murry told Calvin that he was the second to try out tessering after the first had left and never returned. Was it foolish for him to go on and do it anyway? Why or why not? What would you have done?
- Think back to the description of the planet that Meg, Mr. Murry, and Calvin are on currently. Based on looks and description, do you think this sounds like a dark planet or no?
- When Meg is finally able to speak, she lashes out at her father and it is said that she “is as much in the power of the black thing as Charles Wallace.” Explain what that sentence means.
- Why do you suppose Mr. Murry quotes scripture to Meg in the midst of her anger and frustration? **
** “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This is a Bible verse quoted from Romans 8:28.
Noteworthy Notes from SparkNotes:
-Absolute Zero, the title of the chapter, is a scientific term. It refers to "the temperature at which all molecular motion ceases, -273 degrees Celcius."
-As Meg begins to regain feeling, the massaging of her father's hands feels painful to her. She winces and he explains that the pain is good-it means she is beginning to feel again.
-"Meg will only later understand that she is often threatened by internal evils just like the one possessing Charles Wallace externally."
-Meg is lashing out at Mr. Murry in this chapter because she still has the immature belief that he is superhuman, able to do anything. When she can understand that he is only human, she will be truly mature.