How we cite our quotes:
It was one thing to talk about being by yourself, doing important things, but quite another when the opportunity arose. The characters in the stories she read always seemed to go off without a thought or a care, but in real life—well, the world was a dangerous place. People were always telling her so. (5.2)
In her head, Winnie craves choices. She wants to be totally in control of her own destiny. Getting from fantasy to reality is tricky, though.
When they came to the part that was now the wood, and turned from the trail to find a camping place, they happened on the spring. "It was real nice," said Jesse with a sigh. "It looked just the way it does now. A clearing, lots of sunshine, that big tree with all those knobby roots. We stopped and everyone took a drink, even the horse."
"No," said Mae, "the cat didn't drink. That's important." (7.3-4)
This is where we learn the most tragic news of all: the Tucks never made the choice to be immortal. They just happened upon their condition. Why? Because they were thirsty. They probably would have preferred a say in the matter, don't you think?
Her mother's voice, the feel of home, receded for the moment, and her thoughts turned forward. Why, she, too, might live forever in this remarkable world she was only just discovering! The story of the spring—it might be true! (8.13)
Two exclamation points?(!) This must be big. And it sure is. After all, Winnie is about to be offered a choice that would change her life forever. Literally.