History Literature / ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet

4th Oct '15 8:05:18 PM somebob
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* YearInsideHourOutside: Charles Wallace spends days and weeks within his hosts, but it all takes place in real life within a few hours. Of note is that Meg, who is experiencing is everything via [[''Telepathy'' kything]], but is seemingly not affected by the amount of time she experiences within Charles Wallace versus the real time for her. She can even talk with her family and go back to Charles Walllace at the same time she left him.
23rd Sep '15 11:49:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The events of ''ManyWaters'' happen before ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet''. After a time-traveling adventure to thousands of years before the birth of Christ, you'd think that Sandy and Dennys would not be so incredulous. This is explained by the fact that L'Engle wrote ''Many Waters'' after ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet'', but for anyone reading the books in their chronological order this is just weird.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The events of ''ManyWaters'' ''Literature/ManyWaters'' happen before ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet''. After a time-traveling adventure to thousands of years before the birth of Christ, you'd think that Sandy and Dennys would not be so incredulous. This is explained by the fact that L'Engle wrote ''Many Waters'' after ''A Swiftly Tilting Planet'', but for anyone reading the books in their chronological order this is just weird.



* {{Unicorn}}: Gaudior. It deserves noting that he's ''very'' different from the unicorns depicted in ''ManyWaters'' in the same world -- he's bigger, he's more reliably (albeit still not completely) real, and he's telepathic. And has magic.

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* {{Unicorn}}: Gaudior. It deserves noting that he's ''very'' different from the unicorns depicted in ''ManyWaters'' ''Literature/ManyWaters'' in the same world -- he's bigger, he's more reliably (albeit still not completely) real, and he's telepathic. And has magic.
17th Sep '15 8:18:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person the same way he can physical cancers.

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* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''.''Literature/AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person the same way he can physical cancers.
30th Jun '15 12:36:08 PM SpectralTime
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother--but even she can't be allowed to marry Bran due to her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother--but even she can't brother and would rather be allowed to marry with someone else -- but letting Gedder bully her into marrying Bran would still spell disaster, though this is more due to the undue influence it would allow him to exert rather than "just" being her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.Gwydyr's, and that the fledgling nation of Vespugia is cleansed of Gwydyr's influence.]]
30th Jun '15 12:31:25 PM Zsuzsa
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result. That said, in the universe of the books there's more going on than simple physics.



* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother, and the plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother, and the brother--but even she can't be allowed to marry Bran due to her tainted blood. The plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]



* YouFailPhysicsForever: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result. That said, in the universe of the books there's more going on than simple physics.
23rd May '15 9:32:20 AM esq263
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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]]

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]] org/wiki/Madoc here]]
23rd May '15 9:31:00 AM esq263
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* PublicDomainCharacter: Madoc, whose legendary trip to America is discussed on TheOtherWiki. See [[here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madoc]]
13th Dec '14 8:10:27 PM JustCause
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* {{Pride}}: Charles Wallace's certainty in his own intellect and abilities almost causes disasters many times over, [[ContinuityNod just as it did in]] ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime]]''. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he [[CharacterDevelopment accepts that he isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily have all the answers]], just in time to escape a very subtle trap laid by the Ecthroi.]] Gaudior, too, eventually comes to understand and overcome his own disdain for "mortals" bound to time.

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* {{Pride}}: Charles Wallace's certainty in his own intellect and abilities almost causes disasters many times over, [[ContinuityNod just as it did in]] ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime]]''.''Literature/AWrinkleInTime''. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he [[CharacterDevelopment accepts that he isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily have all the answers]], just in time to escape a very subtle trap laid by the Ecthroi.]] Gaudior, too, eventually comes to understand and overcome his own disdain for "mortals" bound to time.
11th Dec '14 2:26:36 PM JoieDeCombat
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* DeadGuyJunior: Many characters have similar, recurring names.
11th Dec '14 12:38:49 PM SpectralTime
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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Stepdad]]: Duthbert Mortmain in the Chuck arc.

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* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Stepdad]]: Duthbert Mortmain in the Chuck arc. arc, [[spoiler: ultimately responsible for Chuck suffering brain damage and coming unstuck in time, Beezie growing up into the hard, bitter Mrs. O'Keefe, and their grandmother dying of a heart attack.]]



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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWarAmbitionIsEvil: The major sin of Gwydyr's line. Gwydyr himself chose to set himself up as a king over the People Across the Lake and to conquer the People of the Wind, while [[spoiler: his descendant Gedder's desire to dominate Vespugia is what ultimately created Madog Branzillo and destroyed the world.]]
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The setting for the Matthew Maddox arc, and the source of Bran's post-traumatic stress disorder, eventually leading to him settling in a new South American colony.



* {{Arcadia}}: The area where the Murrys live, in the past.
* ArcWords: St. Patrick's Rune.

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* {{Arcadia}}: The area where the Murrys live, in the past.
past, when the People of the Wind lived in simple pastoral harmony.
* ArcWords: St. Patrick's Rune.Rune, invoked in each story arc in turn.



* BadFuture: the "Projections" created by the Echthroi.

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* BadFuture: the The "Projections" created by the Echthroi.Echthroi, in which they attempt to entrap Charles Wallace and Gaudior.



* BadassPacifist: The Rune itself, and everyone who uses it. Violence crops up from time to time (always regretted), but when you use the Rune, you're basically saying "I will not do harm, but I ask all heaven with its power etc. to stand between me and evil, to see that I am in the right."
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probabaly a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her brother, and the plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]
* BodySurf: Charles Wallace surfing from person to person in various time periods makes up most of the narrative, in an unusual example of the hero employing this trope. Notably, however, he is not taking direct control of his hosts so much as submerging into their consciousnesses, observing events from their perspective and providing subconscious nudges toward certain actions.

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* BadassPacifist: The Rune itself, and everyone who uses it. Violence crops up from time to time (always regretted), but when you use invoking the Rune, you're basically saying characters are claiming "I will not do harm, but I ask all heaven with its power etc. to stand between me and evil, to see that I am in the right."
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Mostly simple. If you're descended from Madoc you're probabaly probably a good guy, if you're descended from Gwydyr you're probably bad. [[spoiler: The major exception is Zillie, who is being manipulated by her cruel, ambitious brother, and the plot of the novel basically hinges on making sure that Madog Branzillo is born from Madoc's lineage rather than Gwydyr's.]]
* BodySurf: Charles Wallace surfing from person to person in various time periods makes up most of the narrative, in an unusual example of the hero employing this trope. Notably, however, he is not taking direct control of his hosts so much as submerging into their consciousnesses, observing events from their perspective and providing subconscious nudges toward certain actions. Meg, in turn, is basically doing the same with with Charles. [[spoiler: Chuck, after his brain injury permanently changes his perspective, does it too, with Matthew in the past, while Matthew does it with his twin brother and, eventually, with the combined strength of the various other actors, they manage to prevent Gedder from taking over Vespugia.]]



* BrokenBird: Mrs. O'Keefe
* BurnTheWitch: Averted. Zylle is sentenced to be hanged.
* CainAndAbel: Madoc and Gwydyr. Another recurring motif.
* CallBack: The first chapter alludes to the tesseract and farandolae of the respective first two books.
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With Winged Unicorns]]: Sort of. Gaudior is generally right, but he admits that his pride and impatience aren't helping as the situation develops.
* CombatByChampion: Madoc vs. Gwydyr
* CoolHorse: Gaudior

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* BrokenBird: Mrs. O'Keefe
O'Keefe, Calvin's bitter mother, [[spoiler: was once Beezie, before her father died, her abusive stepfather broke her brother's brain, and she married an equally-abusive man to protect her from him.]]
* BurnTheWitch: Averted. Zylle Zylle, accused of witchcraft, is sentenced to be hanged.
* CainAndAbel: Madoc and Gwydyr. Another Gwydyr, two exiled Welsh princes who came to the new world. It eventually turns into one of many recurring motif.
motifs.
* CallBack: The first chapter alludes to the tesseract and farandolae of the respective first two books.
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With Winged Unicorns]]: Sort of. Gaudior is generally right, but he admits that his pride and impatience aren't helping as the situation develops.
develops, and his lack of mortal perspective is generally held up as a bad thing.
* CombatByChampion: Madoc vs. Gwydyr
Gwydyr in the Madoc arc. [[spoiler: Madoc wins, and exiles his brother from the land of the People of the Wind.]]
* CoolHorse: GaudiorGaudior, a unicorn who drinks starlight, flies through time, and can literally ask the wind for directions.
* CultureClash: In Brandon's arc, between the People of the Wind and the more-liberal, original Welsh settlers on the one hand and the hardline Puritans on the other. This is partly what trips up Zylle during her interrogation by Mortmain.



* DeadGuyJunior
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In Brandon's story, between the People of the Wind and the more liberal Welsh on the one hand, and the hardline Puritans on the other. This is partly what trips up Zylle during her interrogation by Mortmain.

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* DeadGuyJunior
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In Brandon's story, between the People of the Wind and the more liberal Welsh on the one hand, and the hardline Puritans on the other. This is partly what trips up Zylle during her interrogation by Mortmain.
DeadGuyJunior: Many characters have similar, recurring names.



* DisneyVillainDeath: Played straight with Gedder.
* DomesticAbuse: Heavily implied that Beezie's mother was a victim of it.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Discussed by Matthew and Bran, one of whom is paralyzed and the other suffers from a permanently injured leg and [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]].
* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person.

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Played straight with Gedder.[[spoiler: Gedder, who dies from a deadly fall after scrabbling on the clifftop to retrieve his fallen knife]].
* DomesticAbuse: Heavily It is heavily implied that Beezie's mother was a victim of it.
it at the hands of Duthbert Mortmain, [[spoiler: then equally-heavily implied to be what turns her into Mrs. O'Keefe.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: Discussed by Matthew and Bran, one of whom is paralyzed with two useless legs and the other suffers suffering from a permanently injured permanently-injured leg and [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]].
* EvilSmellsBad: The Echthroi, as noted in ''AWindInTheDoor''. Also, Chuck Maddox can smell bad character or cruelty on a person.person the same way he can physical cancers.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: From the way Mrs. O'Keefe talks about him, you know something bad is going to happen to Chuck.
* FictionalDocument: ''The Horn of Joy'' and ''Once More United'', both by Matthew Maddox.
* ForWantOfANail: What they're trying to do, to avert WWIII.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It's heavily implied that Mortmain is making sexual advances at Beezie.
* TheGeneralissimo: "Mad Dog" Branzillo rules the fictional South American country Vespugia. The plot revolves around going back in time and changing events so that Branzillo becomes a benevolent ruler instead.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: From the way Mrs. O'Keefe often talks about him, you know something bad is going happening to happen to Chuck.
"Chuck." [[spoiler: She doesn't necessarily mean Charles Wallace.]]
* FictionalDocument: ''The Horn of Joy'' and ''Once More United'', both novels by Matthew Maddox.
Maddox relating to time-travel.
* ForWantOfANail: What they're trying to do, Charles Wallace and Gaudior are attempting to avert WWIII.
the nuclear annihilation of the Earth by subtly nudging time around.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It's heavily implied that Mortmain is making sexual advances at Beezie.
Beezie [[spoiler: before permanently damaging Chuck's brain. It's also implied to be why she ends up with the equally-abusive Paddy O'Keefe for "protection."]]
* TheGeneralissimo: "Mad Dog" Branzillo rules the fictional South American country pf Vespugia. The plot revolves around going back in time and changing events so that Branzillo [[spoiler: becomes a benevolent ruler instead.]]



* GoingNative: Madoc, a Welsh prince who joined the Wind People.
* GoodIsImpotent: Somewhat averted. The "good" people are proactive, strong, and willing to face evil, at least to give it a stern talking-to. But the wicked people are tolerated in the communities because they're ''better at things'' - one woman who is racist against Indians is the best midwife in the village, and Gedder the evil sumbitch is able to teach others how to farm.

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* TheGhost: Despite being at the heart of the narrative, "Mad Dog" Branzillo never directly appears on page. The closest we come is seeing his face and thoughts through the POV of various "seers" looking into the future.
* GoingNative: Madoc, a an ancient Welsh prince who came to the new world before Columbus and ultimately joined the Wind People.
People. [[HeroicLineage His physical attributes recur among them for generations,]] [[OccultBlueEyes most notably his wide-set blue eyes.]]
* GoodIsImpotent: Somewhat averted. The "good" people are proactive, strong, and willing to face evil, at least to give it a stern talking-to. But the wicked people are tolerated in the communities because they're ''better at things'' they have special talents - one woman who is racist against Indians is the best midwife in the village, and Gedder the evil sumbitch would-be future dictator is a powerful force in helping the Welsh settlers adapt to Vespugia. Played straightest in the Chuck arc; their father is so nice that he makes a poor businessman, lending out too much credit, while Duthbert Mortmain, in all his cruelty, is able to teach others how to farm. keep the failing store in the black.



* HeroicLineage: A big theme.

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* HeroicLineage: A big theme.theme, mostly involving the line of Madoc.



* HiddenElfVillage: The Unicorn's hatching grounds, which is safe from Ecthroi and has never been seen by human eyes.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Aww, Matthew.
* IdenticalGrandson: Matthew and Bran for Madoc, Chuck for Brandon.

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* HiddenElfVillage: The Unicorn's hatching grounds, which is safe from Ecthroi and has never been seen by human eyes.
eyes before Charles Wallace.
* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Aww, Matthew.
Matthew is deeply in love with his brother's fiancee, [[spoiler: and ultimately spends most of his money to let her elope to South America to be with him. This act of love also helps save the world.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: Matthew and Bran for Madoc, Chuck for Brandon.Brandon, etc.



* IndianMaiden[=/=]TheChiefsDaughter: Zyll and Zylle.
* InSpiteOfANail: They play around with numerous events in history, and the only one that seems to affect the present(or at least, THEIR present) is the one they want.
* InTheBlood: See "BlackAndWhiteMorality" above. This is all but stated in as many words in the text; Charles Wallace's ultimate goal is to adjust history so that the leader of a certain nation is descended from Madoc instead of from Gwydyr, changing him from a tyrant nicknamed "Mad Dog" to a benevolent ruler nicknamed "The Blue-Eyed."

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* IndianMaiden[=/=]TheChiefsDaughter: Zyll and Zylle.
Zylle both fit parts of the archetype.
* InSpiteOfANail: They Charles and Gaudior play around with numerous events in history, and the only one that seems to affect the present(or present (or at least, THEIR present) is the one they want.
want. Of course, since what they're doing is so subtle that even the characters involved don't usually realize what they've changed, they probably didn't adjust much.
* InTheBlood: See "BlackAndWhiteMorality" above. This is all but stated in as many words in the text; Charles Wallace's ultimate goal is to adjust history so that the leader of a certain nation [[spoiler: is descended from Madoc instead of from Gwydyr, changing him from a tyrant nicknamed "Mad Dog" to a benevolent ruler nicknamed "The Blue-Eyed.""]]



** Subverted with Calvin, though, whose ancestors, the O'Keefes, include a guy who flings homeless puppies to death against walls, and Paddy, who is implied to be cut from the same cloth as Mortmain.
* KickTheDog: Jack O'Keefe kills homeless puppies by flinging them against the walls of barns.

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** Subverted with Calvin, though, whose ancestors, the O'Keefes, include a guy who flings homeless puppies to death against walls, and Paddy, who is implied to be cut from the same cloth as Mortmain.
[[AbusiveParents Mortmain]].
* KickTheDog: Jack O'Keefe literally kills homeless puppies by flinging them against the walls of barns.barns to show off his muscles. Most of the evil characters are also some combination of racist, greedy, and abusive.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveMakesYouEvil: If you marry the wrong person, it can. Any kids you have with him/her will turn out evil as well.
* MeaningfulName: The names "Maddox", "Bran", "Zilla", and their variations. Also the various characters named "[[ObviouslyEvil Mortmain]]", which means "dead hand" in French.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveMakesYouEvil: If you marry the wrong person, it can. Any kids you have with him/her will turn out evil as well.
visions of various prescient characters are to be believed, "Mad Dog" Branzillo's love for his mother drives his belief that the world is too cruel to be allowed to exist.
* MeaningfulName: The names "Maddox", "Bran", "Zilla", and their variations. Also the various characters named "[[ObviouslyEvil Mortmain]]", which means "dead hand" in French.French (something [[LampshadeHanging the characters actually notice in-universe]]).



* MightyWhitey: Madoc, though he has completely abandoned his Welsh homeland, and has no intention of ever returning.
* MindScrew: So how is all of this time traveling solving anything?

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* MightyWhitey: Played with. Madoc, though a foreign prince, saves the People of the Wind from his brother, but he has completely abandoned his Welsh homeland, homeland and has no intention of ever returning.
* MindScrew: So how
returning. However, he is all not generally held to be better than the People because of this time traveling solving anything?his race, and the only reason he has to be the one to beat his brother is because he doesn't want anyone to die.



* NightmareFace: The creature Charles and Gaudior briefly encounter in a Projection.
* NobleSavage: The People of the Wind.
* ANuclearError: A nuclear exchange between Vespugia and the U.S. would not destroy the U.S. Nuclear weapons are difficult and expensive to make (you need the materials, for one thing), and the United States is an awfully big target, which would require several nukes to take out. (Ca. 2000, the PRC lacked the capacity to hit any more than the U.S.'s West Coast.) On the other hand, Vespugia is said to be about the size of Isreal, and nuking such a small country would not result in a massive global ecological catastrophe -- at least, not as described in the story.
** Keeping in mind that previous books in the Time series have established that in certain areas, the science of this version of Earth is far more advanced.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Mattie and Matthew, Richard, Ritchie, and Rich Llawcae, Brandon and his namesake nephew, David and Davey Higgins, and most impressively, Zyll, Zylle, Zillie, and Zillah. Then again, most of this has to do with history repeating itself.

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* NightmareFace: The creature hideous mutant Charles and Gaudior briefly encounter in a Projection.
* NobleSavage: The People of the Wind.
* ANuclearError: A nuclear exchange between Vespugia
Wind, who live in harmony with nature and the U.S. would with one another. However, as Gaudior bitterly notes, [[RealityEnsues our world is not destroy the U.S. Nuclear weapons are difficult and expensive kind to make (you need the materials, for one thing), and the United States is an awfully big target, which would require several nukes to take out. (Ca. 2000, the PRC lacked the capacity to hit any more than the U.S.'s West Coast.) On the other hand, Vespugia is said to be about the size lovers of Isreal, and nuking such a small country would not result in a massive global ecological catastrophe -- at least, not as described in the story.
** Keeping in mind that previous books in the Time series have established that in certain areas, the science of this version of Earth is far more advanced.
peace]].
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Mattie and Matthew, Richard, Ritchie, and Rich Llawcae, Brandon and his namesake nephew, David and Davey Higgins, and most impressively, Zyll, Zylle, Zillie, and Zillah. Then again, most of this has to do with [[GenerationXerox history repeating itself.itself]].



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Pastor Mortmain, and pretty much anyone who takes his side during the Brandon Llawcae plot.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Pastor Mortmain, and pretty much anyone who takes his side during the Brandon Llawcae plot.plot, being racist and close-minded about the local Indians.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: So, Branzillo, a south american dictator, is distantly related to Welsh people? Actually... not all that farfetched, look around Argentina.
* TheReveal: Eccentric, impoverished Mrs. O'Keefe is descended from royalty (Queen Branwen of Britain, [[TheChiefsDaughter Zyll]]) and through this line she is distantly related to "Mad Dog" Branzillo.

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* {{Pride}}: Charles Wallace's certainty in his own intellect and abilities almost causes disasters many times over, [[ContinuityNod just as it did in]] ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime]]''. [[spoiler: Ultimately, he [[CharacterDevelopment accepts that he isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily have all the answers]], just in time to escape a very subtle trap laid by the Ecthroi.]] Gaudior, too, eventually comes to understand and overcome his own disdain for "mortals" bound to time.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: So, Branzillo, a south american South American dictator, is distantly related to Welsh people? the Welsh? Actually... not all that farfetched, far-fetched, look around Argentina.
* TheReveal: Eccentric, impoverished Mrs. O'Keefe is descended from royalty (Queen Branwen of Britain, [[TheChiefsDaughter Zyll]]) [[spoiler: and through this line she is distantly related to "Mad Dog" Branzillo.]]



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrongSetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The plot of the novel, in an effort to prevent a dictator from kicking off World War III.



* SinisterMinister: Pastor Mortmain

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* SinisterMinister: Pastor MortmainMortmain in the Bran arc, a HolierThanThou jerk who whips the settlers into a frenzied WitchHunt. [[spoiler: When the lightning rune is invoked at the end of the arc, it burns down his chapel, which the text notes was built more to his own vanity than to God's glory.]]



* SupportingProtagonist: On several levels: First, Charles Wallace is only going Within various people from the past, and only once is it explicit that he's even ''doing'' anything while being Within. Then, even when they finally reach 1863, [[spoiler: Charles Wallace is Within Matthew, who is having a vision of ''Richard,'' who is all the way in Vespugia, having the big fight with Gedder that the entire book has actually been building up to.]]
** And, of course, there's Meg, the actual viewpoint character, who views the whole thing through a telepathic link with Charles Wallace.
* {{Telepathy}}: "Kything". Also Gaudior's main form of communication.
* ThemeNaming: In each of the time periods where Charles Wallace goes within, there is someone whose name is either a form of Charles (Chuck), or an anagram of Charles or Wallace (Harcels, Reschal, Llawcae).
** Also, note the various forms of Madoc, Zillah, or names that begin with Bran-, throughout each time period (excepting Harcels' time).

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* SupportingProtagonist: On several levels: First, Charles Wallace is only going Within various people from the past, and only once is it explicit that he's even ''doing'' anything while being Within. Then, even when they finally reach 1863, [[spoiler: Charles Wallace is Within Matthew, who is having a vision of ''Richard,'' who is all the way in Vespugia, having the big fight with Gedder that the entire book has actually been building up to.]]
**
]] And, of course, there's Meg, the actual viewpoint character, who views the whole thing through a telepathic link with Charles Wallace.
* {{Telepathy}}: "Kything". Also "Kything," which is more like SharingABody. This is also Gaudior's main form of communication.
* ThemeNaming: In each of the time periods where Charles Wallace goes within, there is someone whose name is either a form of Charles (Chuck), or an anagram of Charles or Wallace (Harcels, Reschal, Llawcae).
**
Llawcae). Also, note the various forms of Madoc, Zillah, or names that begin with Bran-, throughout each time period (excepting Harcels' time).



* TimeSkip: In the Harcels, Chuck, and Matthew storylines.
* TwinTelepathy: Bran and Matthew Maddox.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Meg's back at the house.
** Also MeanwhileInTheFuture.

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* TimeSkip: In the Harcels, Chuck, and Matthew storylines.
storylines, lots of time passes quickly from Charles Wallace's point of view. [[spoiler: Most abruptly, Chuck's brain-damage almost disconnects Charles Wallace from his mind, and only by overcoming the temptation to leave him offered by a disguised Ecthros is he able to return.]]
* TwinTelepathy: Bran and Matthew Maddox.
Maddox are themselves kythers, able to tell what the other is thinking without direct communication.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Meg's back at the house.
** Also MeanwhileInTheFuture.
house, Charles is hopping around time.



* YouFailPhysicsForever: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result.
* WarIsHell: Bran's time as a Union soldier.
* WitchHunt: A literal one targeting Zylle.

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* YouFailPhysicsForever: Even a full-scale nuclear war would not even blow up a planet. It would "merely" turn a good portion of the world (perhaps all of it) into an uninhabitable, or barely habitable, wasteland. The quote in the ArtisticLicenseAstronomy entry is especially curious, as the conversations with Sandy and Dennys, as well as the Projections, depict a more realistic result. That said, in the universe of the books there's more going on than simple physics.
* WarIsHell: Bran's time as a Union soldier.
soldier. He came in [[WarIsGlorious expecting to go out and fight like Sir Galahad to make men free]], and quickly found himself in a hellish war surrounded by much-less-clear motivations.
* WitchHunt: A literal one targeting Zylle.targets Zylle during the Bran arc.
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