Tuck Everlasting Chapter 11 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 chapter 11 of ''Tuck Everlasting'' by Natalie Babbitt, Winnie begins to wonder if it was a good idea to go to the Tucks home. After all, they are strangers.

Mixed Feelings

At this point in the story, Winnie Foster, a ten year old girl who yearns for adventure and a break from her overprotective family, meets Jesse Tuck, a boy who has been 17 years old for 87 years, in the wood near her home. When Winnie learns his secret, Jesse's family kidnaps her. But once they explain themselves, Winnie agrees to go to their home to meet Jesse's father so she can learn more about why it is so important for her to keep secret the spring that gives them eternal life. In chapter 11 of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, we learn more about the mixed feelings Winnie has about the Tucks.


Winnie is surprised by the lack of rules during dinner. The family eats in the living room, rather than at a table. No one speaks, and without napkins, everyone licks their fingers clean. In the silence, Winnie realizes that she does not know anything about this family and that very likely, they are insane. After all, they told her a ridiculous tale about living forever and then tried to kidnap her. 'I want to go home,' Winnie decides.


Mae reassures Winnie that they will take her straight home as soon as they know that she understands why she can't tell anyone about the spring. Miles offers to take Winnie for a ride across the pond in the rowboat after dinner, but Jesse argues that he should since he found her. Pa interrupts and announces that he will be the one to take Winnie on the rowboat. 'There's a good deal to be said and I think we better hurry up and say it. I got a feeling there ain't a whole lot of time,' says Pa.

Pa will take Winnie on the rowboat to explain things.

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