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Tuck Everlasting Chapter 25

By Natalie Babbitt

Chapter 25

  • Two weeks have passed, and Winnie's back in her yard at home. She can tell that the hot summer is coming to an end.
  • Winnie is happy to have helped the Tucks, but it sure took a toll on her. And as she sits in the yard, she reflects on everything that has happened since that fateful day.
  • Here's how it went down: she successfully pretended to be Mae in prison, but only until the next morning. The constable is fuming, but there's nothing he can do about it. And in a nice twist, Winnie couldn't be punished because she was too young to get jail time. (Hey, it was 1880.)
  • When her family picked her up, Winnie tried to explain herself by talking about her friendship with the Tucks. As soon as they heard that, the Fosters protected her.
  • The flashback ends.
  • As it turns out, all the gossip from these shenanigans have made Winnie kind of glamorous. Maybe now she'll make some other friends, she thinks. School's going to be starting soon. It's time to worry about math problems, not eternal life.
  • As she's contemplating super-mature thoughts, Winnie sees her toad. He's just outside the fence.
  • A big dog appears and becomes really interested in the toad. It's not clear whether he wants to play with the toad or eat it, but either way, the toad's in danger. Poor little guy.
  • Winnie tries to shoo the dog away, and she grabs the toad and brings it into her yard.
  • She races to get the water bottle full o' immortality. She brings it out and drops the water onto the toad. Just like that.
  • Winnie is feeling good about everything. She will think about whether she wants to drink from the spring, and if she decides to, she can always go back and get more water. And in the meantime, she's saved the toad's life.