Tuck Everlasting Chapter 1 Summary

Instructor: Laura Foist

Laura has a Masters of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and has taught college Science.

In this lesson we will summarize Chapter 1 in ''Tuck Everlasting.'' We will learn why this first chapter is important and how it sets the stage and tone for the rest of the story.

The Beginning of a Book

The beginning of a story tells us a lot about how the story will progress. There is frequent foreshadowing, hinting at what will happen in the rest of the book. The first chapter also sets the stage and the setting in which the story will take place. We are introduced to the voice in the story, who the narrator is, and we start to meet characters in the story.

Chapter 1 in Tuck Everlasting has all of these characteristics. A lot of Chapter 1 is spent describing the woods. This foreshadows the importance of the woods, but the residents in the town don't pay it much attention to them, which is also important. In this chapter, we meet the narrator and see that our narrator has an omniscient or all knowing voice. We are briefly introduced to the Fosters as the owners of the house.


Chapter 1 is short, just a few pages long. In this chapter the woods are thoroughly described. There is no path through the woods. Even the cows that created the road to Treegap, 'swung out in a wide arc' when they came to the forest 'as if, for the first time, it had reason to think where it was going, and passed around.'

This omniscient narrator begins to tell us about the village but doesn't tell us much, saying it was not important 'the first house only is important; the first house, the road, and the wood'. We do not need to speculate as to what is important, for the narrator tells us what is important. This house is described as having 'a touch-me-not appearance.'

Significance of the Setting

Yet this proud house leaves the woods alone. The Fosters, the owners of the 'touch-me-not cottage', own the woods. Yet they leave it alone. Even the child, Winnie, never went into the woods. They had never even been curious of it.

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