| Quote #4
And Winnie, laughing at him, lost the last of her alarm. They were friends, her friends. She was running away after all, but she was not alone. Closing the gate on her oldest fears as she had closed the gate of her own fenced yard, she discovered the wings she'd always wished she had. And all at once she was elated. (8.13)
Winnie's friendship with the Tucks gives her courage. Everything's less scary when you've got company, don't you think?
| Quote #5
It sounded rather sad to Winnie, never to belong anywhere. "That's too bad," she said, glancing shyly at Mae. "Always moving around and never having any friends or anything." (10.11)
Winnie can definitely empathize with the no-friends situation. She's got that in common with the Tucks, and maybe that's what brings them closer together.
| Quote #6
[Winnie] found that she loved them, this most peculiar family. They were her friends, after all. And hers alone. (17.4)
Hmmm, we're not sure about this sentiment. Winnie sounds a little possessive here. If the Tucks had other friends, would she like them as much? Or is it just because they're her only friends that she's happy it goes both ways?