Tuck Everlasting Chapter 5 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 five of ''Tuck Everlasting'' by Natalie Babbitt, Winnie goes into the wood for the very first time and encounters the Tuck family. In this lesson, we will learn more about chapter five.

The First Encounter

At this point in the story, we have been introduced to the Tuck family, who has not aged in eighty-seven years, and to the Foster family that owns the wood where the Tuck family lives. Winnie Foster is a ten year old girl who is ready to run away because her overprotective family does not let her out of their sight. In chapter five of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, Winnie meets the Tuck family for the very first time.

Facing Her Fear

When Winnie first wakes up, she comes to terms with knowing that she will not run away today because she is afraid. She doesn't have anywhere else to go and has been taught that the world can be dangerous. Ashamed of her fear, Winnie decides that she at least needs to get out of the yard and go into the wood to prove her bravery. 'Of course, while I'm in the wood, if I decide never to come back, well then, that will be that,' thinks Winnie.

Winnie Searches for Elves

Winnie is fascinated with the sights and sounds of the wood. She sees animals and insects that she has never seen before and takes note of how much cooler and darker her surroundings are. The day before, Winnie and her grandmother heard music coming from the wood that Winnie's grandmother believes comes from elves. Winnie wants to find the elves, just to see if they really exist. When she approaches a clearing, Winnie is surprised to see a teenage boy sitting there. 'And he seemed so glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once.'

Winnie Meets Jesse

Winnie watches him and sees this handsome boy lift pebbles to expose 'a low spurt of water, arching up and returning, like a fountain, into the ground.' After he drinks the water, he looks around to see Winnie and calls for her to come out of hiding. When the boy realizes that Winnie is a member of the Foster family that owns the wood, he introduces himself as Jesse Tuck. As they make small talk, Jesse states that he is one hundred and four years old, but since Winnie thinks he is joking, he tells her he is seventeen. Winnie wants to try the water, but Jesse insists that it is a bad idea. Just as Winnie climbs on her hands and knees to take a drink anyway, Jesse's mother and brother, Mae and Miles, walk up. When Mrs. Tuck realizes what is about to happen, she says, 'Well, boys,…here it is. The worst is happening at last.'

Jesse drinks from a fountain of water he finds under pebbles.

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