by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting Love Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
There was a clearing directly in front of her, at the center of which an enormous tree thrust up, its thick roots rumpling the ground ten feet around in every direction. Sitting relaxed with his back against the trunk was a boy, almost a man. And he seemed so glorious to Winnie that she lost her heart at once. (5.13)
Is this love at first sight? Or is there just something about Jesse (say, the glow of immortality) that takes everyone aback?
"I was more'n forty by then," said Miles sadly. "I was married. I had two children. But, from the look of me, I was still twenty-two. My wife, she finally made up her mind I'd sold my soul to the Devil. She left me. She went away and she took the children with her. (7.16)
What happened to "for better or for worse"? Poor Miles—he couldn't even tell the love of his life what was really going on. He didn't want to drag her into it.
Winnie's shyness returned at once when she saw the big man with his sad face and baggy trousers, but as he gazed at her, the warm, pleasing feeling spread through her again. For Tuck's head tilted to one side, his eyes went soft, and the gentlest smile in the world displaced the melancholy creases of his cheeks. (9.10)
It takes two to tango, and it's pretty clear that Tuck loves Winnie (as a daughter, perhaps) just as much as she grows to love him and his family. What is it about Winnie that makes Tuck so happy? Is it just that she's mortal, or is there something particular about this little girl?