When Meg regains consciousness, she feels bitterly cold and is unable to move her body or speak. She hears Calvin and her father discussing her condition but has no way of communicating with them. Meg hears Calvin ask her father about his journey to Camazotz. Mr. Murry explains that he never intended to go to this planet; he was part of a team of scientists trying to tesser to Mars. Mr. Murry says that he was aware that he could not have been on Camazotz for longer than two years, but time seems to flow differently on this planet. He admits to Calvin that he was about to give up all hope and surrender to IT when the children arrived to rescue him.
Meg desperately tries to make a sound to let her father and Calvin know that she can hear them. Finally, she succeeds in making a small croaking noise, slowly regaining the ability to speak. She enquires about Charles and is furious to know that the group left Camazotz without him. She is angry at her father for doing this and failing to deliver them all to safety. Mr. Murry explains to his daughter that he is only a fallible human being, and no miracle-worker. He, however, expresses the belief that "all things work together for good for them that love God." Mr. Murry presses Meg's fingers and she cries out in pain. He tells her that pain is a good sign; it means she is regaining sensation. Suddenly, three strange creatures advance toward them, each with four arms. They have tentacles in instead of hair, and soft indentations in place of eyes. Calvin introduces himself to the creatures and explains Meg's precarious condition. At first Meg is scared, but when one of the creatures touches her with its wavy tentacle, warmth spreads through her body. The creature picks her up and tells Mr. Murry that it is taking Meg with it.