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Quote #4

Her joy on the road that morning had completely disappeared; the wide world shrank and her oldest fears rolled freely in her consciousness. It was unbelievable that she should be in this place; it was an outrage. But she was helpless to do anything about it, helpless to control it, and exhausted by the conversation in the rowboat. (14.5)

Sure, Winnie has a lot of choices to make, but it's not that easy—she also gets stuck with quite a bit, too. She's forced to stay with the Tucks and forced to keep their secret. Can you think of anything else Winnie is forced to do in the novel?

Quote #5

"I been thinking it over. Pa's right about you having to keep the secret. It's not hard to see why. But the thing is, you knowing about the water already, and living right next to it so's you could go there any time, well, listen, how'd it be if you was to wait till you're seventeen, same age as me—heck, that's only six years off—and then you could go and drink some, and then you could go away with me!" (14.26)

Looks like Winnie has two major choices to make. Not just if she should drink the water, but when.

Quote #6

"Now, I don't have to spell out things for people like yourselves. Some types one comes across can't seem to cut their way through any problem, and that does make things difficult. But you, I don't have to explain the situation to you. I've got what you want, and you've got what I want." (15.3)

By threatening the Fosters, the man in the yellow suit gives them no choice but to give in to his blackmaily little scheme. Not cool, Yellow Suit Guy.

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