Tuck Everlasting Chapter 10 Summary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In the tenth chapter of ''Tuck Everlasting'' by Natalie Babbitt, Winnie arrives at the Tuck family cottage. She finds that their life is very different from hers, but she enjoys getting to know them better.

The Tucks

At this point in the story, Winnie Foster, the ten year old protagonist, has agreed to go to the Tucks' home after learning about their secret. Eighty-seven years ago, the Tucks drank from a spring that gave them eternal life. In chapter ten of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, we learn more about the Tuck family and their home.

The Cottage

When Winnie Foster arrives at the Tucks' cottage, she is surprised at the mess inside. The Foster family kept their home spotless. She had never before seen a home with cobwebs, clutter, and dirty dishes. Mae Tuck led Winnie upstairs to a dusty loft where her sons, Miles and Jesse, sleep when they visit. Two mattresses with clean sheets folded on them were laid out for the boys. Winnie considers, '…a whole new idea to her that people could live in such disarray, but at the same time she was charmed. It was . . . comfortable.' While the boys swam in the pond, Mae and Winnie have a chance to talk.

Winnie visits the Tuck cottage.

Mae and Winnie Chat

Mae tells Winnie that the boys don't come home very often, because they are off seeing the world. Miles works as a carpenter or a blacksmith while Jesse does odd jobs. Both boys try to bring money home to their parents if they can. The Tucks enjoy living next to a stocked pond that is close enough to town that they can buy and sell things they need, but they realize that twenty years is long enough to stay in one place and it will soon be time to move on. Angus and Mae stick together, but the boys each go their own way. Although each visits home from time to time, every ten years in the first week of August, both boys come home so they can all be together as a family. 'We're plain as salt, us Tucks. We don't deserve no blessings--if it is a blessing. And, likewise, I don't see how we deserve to be cursed, if it's a curse,' says Mae. She is interrupted by the sound of the boys coming in from the pond.

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