Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt Online Book Summary
At the same time that Mae Tuck is rising and planning to meet her sons, Winnie Foster is sitting on the grass just inside the fence around her house talking to a Toad who sits across the road. She tells it while throwing stones near it but not at it, that she has had enough - she’s tired of being looked at all the time and bossed around by her parents and her grandmother. She knows that hover over her, because she is an only child, but she desperately wants something that’s all hers and a new name that’s not worn out from being called so much. She also tells the creature that she might decide to have him for a pet, but when he jumps a few more inches away from her, it occurs to her that it shouldn’t be cooped up any more than she wants to be. She decides she should run away.
Just at that moment, her mother calls for her, and Winnie obediently answers the call. The Toad begins to jump clumsily toward the wood, but Winnie calls after it that it should just wait until morning. It will see then that she is good at keeping her promise to run away.
This chapter is the second event that seems unrelated to Mae Tuck or the Man in the Yellow Suit. It introduces Winnie to the reader and presents her great desire to run away from the obedience, the rules, the calling out of her name, the hovering over her, and her lack of freedom. It also introduces the character of the Toad who just happens to be the only one Winnie can talk to. She has no friends and the adults in her life watch her constantly. The Toad, being a creature that begins as a tadpole and changes body and size (metamorphosis), represents the coming change that Winnie will experience. The cycles of life keep moving on.
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