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Wrinkle in Time, A (Madeleine L'Engle) - Not-so-Smart Calvin and Meg
In the part where Meg meets Calvin, Calvin asks Meg what the capital of New York is. Meg replies "New York City, of course." and Calvin tells her that she's right. However, the capital of New York is Albany!
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fairyelfchild writes:
This is the dialogue from that section: (copyright 1962) "By what countries is Peru bounded?" "I haven't the faintest idea. I think it's in South America somewhere." "What's the capitol of New York?" "Well, New York City, of course!" "Who wrote Boswell's 'Life of Johnson'?" "Oh, Calvin, I'm not any good at English" Calvin groaned and turned to Mrs. Murry. "I see what you mean. Her I wouldn't want to teach." Therefore, Calvin never says that Meg is right.
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galadriel writes:
this slip up is intentional. it is to prove how similar Calvin and Meg are. while both are genius in their other ways, they are horrible at school and things you would learn at their age...like state capitols
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stella00 writes:
I looked through my book (copyright 1962) and Calvin never tells her she's right. In fact he groans to Mrs. Murry that he wouldn't want to teach her because she's one sided (all math and science).
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Kathrine writes:
Actually, Calvin never said that Meg was correct. He just continued with more questions. I have a copy of the book, and I checked.
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Jazmine writes:
A Wrinkle in Time could indeed be a different setting. Also, Calvin never does say she's right, but that's something totally different. In fact, it seems like it doesn't have much of a setting because most of the time they're "tessering" or "wrinkling" time. It's basically a whole new special kind of book.
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Corina writes:
Yes, it is intentional, but not because Calvin doesn't know better. He had already corrected her on several other matters, and just decides to forgive this particular slip-up.
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Jessica writes:
I haven't read this book in awhile, and I don't have a copy available, but if I remember correctly, when Calvin says "You're right," he's addressing Meg's mother.
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Jayski writes:
In the book Charles always seemed like he was smarter than meg Did what Charles did at the end help you or not im not giving away any answers
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LeopardRain writes:
Ahh, but if you remember correctly, Calvin is smart and popular and does well in school. So who knows what's going on here.
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mysteriouswriter800 writes:
Well, the setting could be different in the book..because there was a time when New York City was the capitol, but this is probably a mistake, because New York City was the capitol when George Washington was president.
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LaraRulz writes:
Well, what time setting do you suppose it's in? It is a WRINKLE IN TIME!
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