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Tuck Everlasting Chapter 9 Summary

Instructor: Katherine Garner

Katie teaches middle school English/Language Arts and has a master's degree in Secondary English Education

This lesson provides a summary of Chapter 9 in Natalie Babbitt's 1975 classic novel for young readers, Tuck Everlasting, about a young girl who meets a family with an intriguing secret.

Tuck Everlasting

If you had the opportunity to live forever would you take it? This is the question posed to a young Winnie Foster in Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting. One day Winnie stumbles across a fresh spring on her family's wooded property. Before she can take a drink, she meets the Tucks who warn her of the water's magical powers. And they should know, because they stopped aging 87 years ago when they drank the water. Wanting to keep Winnie and the secret safe, they bring her back to their home where they can share more of their story with her. Intrigued and looking for an adventure, Winnie agrees.

Chapter nine: The Journey Continues

Chapter nine opens on a scene of a hot August day as Winnie, Jesse, Miles, and Mae continue their journey toward the Tuck's home. Winnie is exhausted and sunburned; Miles carries her some of the way and she falls asleep in his arms. Mae lets her wear her blue hat to protect her from further sunburns.

Winnie wakes up in time to ride the horse for the last part of the journey, noticing the many bugs, flowers, and trees surrounding them as their journey wears on and on, up many hills and across some pastures. Winnie keeps asking if they are almost to their destination until it is true and Mae tells her they are close.

When they reach some pine trees, Jesse and Miles recognize that their home is near and they run ahead excitedly. Winnie continues behind them with Mae and soon sees a small house, a red barn, and a shimmering pond. Winnie is thrilled to see water and soon hears Miles and Jesse splashing and playing in the pond. Mae laughs and encourages Winnie to take a swim to get some relief from the heat.

Winnie is thrilled to see the pond after their journey through the August heat
pond in the summer

Winnie Meets Tuck

They approach the front door of the house and an older man is already standing at the door. Winnie presumes this is Angus Tuck, Mae's husband. He immediately asks where the child is, saying that Jesse and Miles had already told him that they had brought a ''real, honest-to-goodness, natural child'' home with them. Mae reveals Winnie, who is standing behind her.

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