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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes

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Quote #1

Mae sat there frowning, a great potato of a woman with a round, sensible face and calm brown eyes. "It's no use having that dream," she said. "Nothing's going to change."

"You tell me that every day," said Tuck, turning away from her onto his side. "Anyways, I can't help what I dream."

"Maybe not," said Mae. "But, all the same, you should've got used to things by now." (2.5-7)

Tuck and Mae live pretty much the same experiences, but they have two very different takes on it.

Quote #2

"Believe me, Winnie Foster," said Jesse, "it would be terrible for you if you drank any of this water. Just terrible. I can't let you." (5.44)

Is Jesse a little more conscious of his situation at this moment than later in the book? Why is he so insistent that she doesn't drink, when just hour later, he gives her an entire bottle of immortality water?

Quote #3

"After that [when Tuck shot himself and nothing happened] we went sort of crazy," said Jesse, grinning at the memory. "Heck, we was going to live forever. Can you picture what it felt like to find that out?" (7.22)

Of all the Tucks, Jesse seems the least morally changed by the burden (or gift?) of living forever. Heck, he's smiling when he thinks about his dad putting a gun to his heart. Talk about a rosy outlook on life.

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