Tuck Everlasting Chapter 13 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 13 of 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt, the stranger steals the horse from the Tucks so that he can quickly ride to the Foster home to tell them where Winnie has been taken.

The Man Follows the Tucks

Winnie Foster is a ten year old girl who yearns for adventure. She wants to run away, but she is too afraid. While contemplating her options, a stranger happens by telling Winnie he is looking for a family, but Winnie has barely been out of her yard and doesn't know anyone. The next day, Winnie decides to explore the woods and meets Jesse Tuck. When she learns that his family has eternal life because they drank from a spring, the Tuck family kidnaps her and take her to meet Pa at their cottage. They have to make sure their secret does not get out. They were not aware that the stranger followed them to the Tucks' cottage and heard the entire story. In chapter thirteen of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, we will find out what the stranger does next with this newly acquired information.

The man in the suit stole the horse belonging to the Fosters.

The Man Steals the Tucks' Horse

If you saw a young girl being led away from her home by a family that you knew was not hers, what would you do? So far, the stranger in this novel has stayed quiet and followed them to the Tuck cottage. At the beginning of chapter thirteen, it becomes apparent that the stranger, who is referred to as 'the man in the yellow suit,' has stolen the Tucks' horse and taken it to Winnie's family home.

The Man Arrives at the Foster's House

By the time the man arrives, it is the middle of the night. What would you be thinking or doing if your ten year old child, who has never left the yard before, suddenly disappeared and was still not home at midnight? The man in the yellow suit ties up the horse and lets himself into the Foster's yard. The lights are still on indicating that the family is still awake because they are most likely worried sick about Winnie.

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