by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting Morality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"And we figured it'd be very bad if everyone knowed about that spring," said Mae. "We begun to see what it would mean." She peered at Winnie. "Do you understand, child? That water—it stops you right where you are. If you'd had a drink of it today, you'd stay a little girl forever. You'd never grow up, not ever." (7.25)
The Tucks seems to have a moral responsibility to protect others from the fate they were dealt. Cue million-dollar question: is it wrong to take this choice away from other people?
"That kind of talk'll make her want to rush back and drink a gallon of the stuff," warned Miles. "There's a whole lot more to it than Jesse Tuck's good times, you know."
"Oh, stuff," said Jesse with a shrug. "We might as well enjoy it, long as we can't change it. You don't have to be such a parson all the time." (8.5-6)
Is Jesse being immoral here? Does he have an obligation to Winnie to help her think through the possible consequences of drinking the spring water?
"We're plain as salt, us Tucks. We don't deserve no blessings—if it is a blessing. And, likewise, I don't see how we deserve to be cursed, if it's a curse. Still—there's no use trying to figure why things fall the way they do. Things just are, and fussing don't bring changes. Tuck, now, he's got a few other ideas, but I expect he'll tell you." (10.12)
Mae sure hates fussing—she says it loud and clear again and again (and again). But is all the fussing that Tuck is doing really wrong? Or is it just his way of dealing with his crazy situation?