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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Death Quotes

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Quote #1

Mae Tuck didn't need a mirror, though she had one propped up on the washstand. She knew very well what she would see in it; her reflection had long since ceased to interest her. For Mae Tuck, and her husband, and Miles and Jesse, too, had all looked exactly the same for eighty-seven years. (2.21)

The narrator of Tuck Everlasting doesn't pull any punches right off the bat, we know that something is up with this quaint little family. It definitely pulls us into the story, but it also gets us thinking about the big issues from the very beginning.

Quote #2

"All right. I'm one hundred and four years old," he told her solemnly.

"No, I mean really," she persisted.

"Well then," he said, "if you must know, I'm seventeen." (5.28-30)

Does age really matter if you're never going to die? (Think Edward and Bella. Edward is over 100 years old when he meets his teenaged leading lady, but no one says boo.) If you knew you'd live forever, would you stop counting as the years passed?

Quote #3

"He landed plum on his head," said Mae with a shudder. "We thought for sure he'd broke his neck. But come to find out, it didn't hurt him a bit!" (7.10)

Imagine that. What should have killed this young boy didn't even hurt him—pretty cool party trick. On top of not being able to die, it seems like the Tucks can't even feel pain. Is that a bonus or another drawback?

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