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Tuck Everlasting Chapter 17 Summary

Instructor: Sarah Garrett

Sarah has taught secondary English and holds a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction

If given the opportunity, would you want to live forever? Immortality may seem ideal to many people and in chapter 17 of ''Tuck Everlasting'' Winnie thinks more about this idea while fishing with Miles.

A New Day Begins

After a fairly sleepless night, Winnie wakes early the next morning at the Tuck home. Winnie gets out of bed and walks over to the window and looks at the serene morning and the pond in the distance. The scene feels unreal to Winnie; unreal that she is in the Tuck home and that she looks disheveled. Suddenly, she sees a toad in the window; in a fleeting moment of excitement, Winnie thinks it is the toad from her home. Realizing quickly that this can't be, she suddenly becomes homesick.

Suddenly, she hears someone coming down the stairs and hopes that it is Jessie. However, it is Miles, and when he sees her awake he states, ''Good! You're awake. Come on- you can help me catch some fish for breakfast.''

Fish
fish

Out on the Pond

Winnie and Miles noiselessly enter the rowboat. Miles hands her two cane poles warning her to watch out for the hooks. Winnie sees a toad jump in the water and notices that the water is so clear, she can see the fish swimming at the bottom.

They push off from shore and row out towards the middle of the pond. Winnie sits and thinks about going home and becomes more cheerful. She also thinks about the night before and says to herself, ''…and she found that she loved them, this most peculiar family.''

Miles and Winnie make small talk, and the reader discovers that Winnie has never been fishing before. Winnie sits and watches while Miles skillfully baits the hooks. While watching, Winnie notices how muscular and likens him to an oar, solid.

Miles' Past and Immortality

Miles notices that Winnie is watching him and begins to talk to her about his daughter Anna. Miles notes that if his children are still alive that his daughter would be 80 and his son would be 82. Winnie asks him why he never gave them the water. Miles responds that he didn't know what the water had done to him for a long time. He said it would be a mess to try and find them and that his father had always been against it anyways; he believes the fewer people that knew about the spring, the better.

Miles gives Winnie a pole, and they begin to fish. Winnie notices more frogs and comments on it. Miles replies that as long as the turtles stay away, the frogs will flourish. With that being said, Winnie ponders immortality and pensively states, ''It'd be nice…if nothing ever had to die.''To this, Miles explains how everything would quickly be ''…squeezed in right up next to each other before long.'' Winnie soon agrees with him.

A toad like the one Winnie sees
toad

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