Tuck Everlasting Chapter 3 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 three of 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt, we learn about Winnie Foster. Winnie is an independent girl who feels trapped in her home. In this lesson, we will learn more about Winnie from chapter three of the story.


Have you ever felt the need to run away? Winnie Foster, the protagonist in Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, feels confined by her overprotective family. Let's learn more about Winnie in Chapter Three of our novel.


When we first meet Winnie, she is nearing the edge of reason. Frustrated, Winnie throws a pebble at a frog on the other side of a fence, then sits on the grass inside her fence and talks to it. 'I will, though. You'll see. Maybe even first thing tomorrow, while everyone's still asleep.' The reader does not yet know why Winnie is so upset or why she is planning an escape to get away from her family.

Winnie expresses her frustration to a frog.

Winnie is not mistreated at home. She has a loving mother and grandmother who do everything they can to take care of her, but sometimes, Winnie feels like she can't breathe. They will hardly let her out of the house and constantly nag her. Her grandmother worries that she will ruin her clothes with grass stains, and her mother doesn't want Winnie in the heat.

Dreams of Freedom

Winnie decides having a sibling would deliver her some peace: 'If I had a sister or a brother, there'd be someone else for them to watch. But, as it is, there's only me. I'm tired of being looked at all the time. I want to be by myself for a change.' Winnie is not sure what she would do with her freedom. She only knows that she doesn't like the feeling of being cooped up and watched so closely. She briefly imagines owning a pet but then decides that an animal, like the frog, does not deserve to be caged any more than she does.

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