| Quote #1
She did not allow herself to consider the idea that making a difference in the world might require a bolder venture. She merely told herself consolingly, "Of course, while I'm in the wood, if I decide never to come back, well then, that will be that." She was able to believe in this because she needed to; and, believing, was her own true, promising friend once more. (5.4)
At the beginning of the novel, Winnie is a friend to herself. And to be honest, she's the only friend she's got. But sometimes that's all it takes.
| Quote #2
"Look here, Winnie Foster," said Jesse. "We're friends, we really are. But you got to help us. Come sit down, and we'll try to tell you why." (6.22)
This is more like "we're friends, not enemies" as opposed to "we're friends, let's grab lunch." But hey, when you're low on friends, you take what you can get. Even if they're kidnappers, apparently. (P.S. Don't try this at home.)
| Quote #3
"It was the same with our friends," said Mae. "They come to pull back from us. There was talk about witchcraft. Black magic. Well, you can't hardly blame them, but finally we had to leave the farm. We didn't know where to go." (7.18)
The whole immortality thing prevents the Tucks from having friends. That basically means they only have each other. Not a bad bunch to be stuck with, but it probably gets lonely after a while.