5. An Acceptable Time

An Acceptable Time is the fifth and final title in Madeleine L’Engle’s time quintet. Polly O’Keefe has moved in with her famous scientist grandparents, Alex and Kate Murry.  Each of the titles has an important moral lesson for today, and each of the titles features a different method of time travel. The idea of time travel is secondary to the moral lesson. In each of the books the method of time travel makes a connection to some theory that Mr. Murry has studies in his scientific research.

In An Acceptable Time Polly O’Keefe first sees visitors from an earlier era, people who lived and died thousands of years before. One of these visitors is a young girl about her own age. The two girls choose to be friends and discuss what it means to be friends. Soon a visitor from a friend from her own time will show up at the woods while Polly is out exploring. He too sees the visitors from the past. His friendship will introduce a different kind of friendship.

Laying all the issues of time travel aside, the local people of long ago had visitors in their own time who had traveled from far away. From England. A warrior and a druid had been banished from their own homeland and had sailed to America. They were Celts. They had become members and leaders of the local community. Polly’s new friend was being trained as a druid.

The druids seldom wrote, as their knowledge was usually stored in memory. When they did choose to write they used an alphabet script called Ogam. This script consisted of patterns of lines scribed on the edges of rocks. These rocks were often found in modern times as the colonials plowed their fields. Also the writing was found on rocks in unusual structures. The purpose of the structures was often misunderstood by moderns.

Here the story branches off several directions. Be sure to come back as branches are added. Ogam stones

  • The Cotton Mather connection
  • America B.C.
  • The Irish Connection

There is at the time of this writing only one YouTube on An Acceptable Time, but Wikipedia has a nice summary here.

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