Tuck Everlasting Chapter 7 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 the seventh chapter of 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt, the Tuck family explains why they kidnapped Winnie and why she should not drink the water under the pebbles.

Eternal Life

If you could live forever, would you? That's a question 10-year-old Winnie Foster has to think about in the seventh chapter of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. In this chapter, the Tuck family explains to Winnie what happened to them 87 years ago that caused them to stay exactly the same age.

At this point in the story, Winnie has already explored the wood near her home and met Jesse Tuck, who looks 17, but claims to be 104 years old, after watching him drink from a spring beneath some pebbles in a clearing. When Winnie tries to drink the water, Jesse and his family kidnap Winnie, but only so that they can get her to listen to their story. Let's learn more about chapter seven.

The Spring

The Tucks excitedly gather around Winnie, anxious to tell their story for the very first time. Eighty-seven years ago, the Tucks came upon the spring in the clearing on their way to find a place to settle. Each of the Tucks and their horse drank at the spring, but the cat did not. After spending the night there, Angus Tuck marked a tree with a 'T.' The next day, they traveled a little further to the west, where they found a place to build a farm.

The Tucks and their horse drank from the spring.
horse and man


The Tucks relay how the spring made them all invincible, telling Winnie about the times they should have died, but didn't. Once, while sawing branches off a tree for wood, Jesse fell out of the tree and landed on his head. The fall should have broken his neck, but he was not hurt at all. Another time, hunters mistook the horse for a deer and shot him, but he was not hurt. Jesse ate poison toadstools, Mae cut herself slicing bread, and Angus was bitten by a snake, but none were injured. The cat, however, died after living a long life on the farm. When the Tucks returned to the clearing after many years, nothing had changed. The tree had not grown and the 'T' that Angus carved in the tree still looked fresh.

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