Tuck Everlasting

by

Natalie Babbitt

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Angus Tuck Character Analysis

Angus (sometimes referred to as simply Tuck) is Mae's husband and the father of Jesse and Miles. He's a sad and withdrawn man, which the narrator suggests is because he's unhappy with his life as an immortal. He dreams of being in heaven and when he later looks at the body of the man in the yellow suit, he feels envious. Winnie is afraid of him at first, but Angus is thrilled to have a real child in the house again. He takes her out onto the pond after supper and tries to impress upon her that it's absolutely necessary for everything to grow, change, and die, as that's the only way that the cycle of life and the cycles of nature can continue and support the world's inhabitants. In addition, he says that because he and his family can't die, they're no different than rocks or inanimate objects that don't change. A suspicious man, Angus is worried when someone steals the Tucks' horse, and he is also very concerned about getting Winnie back to her family. Everything that Angus does makes Winnie think that he's especially dear to her, including offering to sit with her until she falls asleep and allowing her to help them break Mae out of jail. Decades after the novel ends, Angus goes alone to the Treegap graveyard to see if he can find Winnie's grave. When he finds her headstone and learns that she was a wife and mother, he cries and salutes her.

Angus Tuck Quotes in Tuck Everlasting

The Tuck Everlasting quotes below are all either spoken by Angus Tuck or refer to Angus Tuck. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Square Fish edition of Tuck Everlasting published in 1975.
Chapter Ten Quotes

It sounded rather sad to Winnie, never to belong anywhere. "That's too bad," she said, glancing shyly at Mae. "Always moving around and never having any friends or anything."

Related Characters: Winnie Foster (speaker), Mae Tuck, Angus Tuck
Page Number: 54
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"Life's got to be lived, no matter how long or short," she said calmly. "You got to take what comes. We just go along, like everybody else, one day at a time."

Related Characters: Mae Tuck (speaker), Winnie Foster, Angus Tuck
Page Number: 53
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Chapter Twelve Quotes

"Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together. This water, you look out at it every morning, and it looks the same, but it ain't. All night long it's been moving, coming in through the stream back there to the west, slipping out through the stream down east here, always quiet, always new, moving on."

Related Characters: Angus Tuck (speaker), Winnie Foster
Related Symbols: The Boat and the Pond
Page Number: 61
Explanation and Analysis:

Winnie blinked, and all at once her mind was drowned with understanding of what he was saying. For she--yes, even she--would go out of the world willy-nilly someday. Just go out, like the flame of a candle, and no use protesting. It was a certainty. She would try very hard not to think of it, but sometimes, as now, it would be forced upon her. She raged against it, helpless and insulted, and blurted at last, "I don't want to die."

Related Characters: Winnie Foster (speaker), Angus Tuck
Related Symbols: The Boat and the Pond
Page Number: 63
Explanation and Analysis:

"If I knowed how to climb back on the wheel, I'd do it in a minute. You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road."

Related Characters: Angus Tuck (speaker), Winnie Foster
Related Symbols: The Boat and the Pond
Page Number: 63
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Chapter Seventeen Quotes

"It'd be nice," she said, "if nothing ever had to die."

"Well now, I don't know," said Miles. "If you think on it, you come to see there'd be so many creatures, including people, we'd all be squeezed in right up next to each other before long."

Related Characters: Winnie Foster (speaker), Miles Tuck (speaker), Angus Tuck, The Man in the Yellow Suit
Related Symbols: The Boat and the Pond
Page Number: 85
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Chapter Twenty Quotes

And then Winnie said something she had never said before, but the words were words she had sometimes heard, and often longed to hear. They sounded strange on her own lips and made her sit up straighter. "Mr. Tuck," she said, "don't worry. Everything's going to be all right."

Page Number: 104
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Chapter Twenty-Two Quotes

"I mean, what'll they say to you after, when they find out?"

"I don't know," said Winnie, "but it doesn't matter. Tell your father I want to help. I have to help. If it wasn't for me, there wouldn't have been any trouble in the first place."

Related Characters: Winnie Foster (speaker), Jesse Tuck (speaker), Mae Tuck, Angus Tuck, Winnie's Mother, Winnie's Father
Related Symbols: The Fence
Page Number: 115
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Angus Tuck Character Timeline in Tuck Everlasting

The timeline below shows where the character Angus Tuck appears in Tuck Everlasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Two
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...day of the first week of August and remarks that the boys will be home. Angus, Mae's husband, doesn't respond; he's fast asleep and in this state, the sad lines on... (full context)
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Mae dresses and as she pulls on a shawl, Angus sleepily says it's too warm for it. Mae ignores this and asks if Angus will... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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...fell out of a tree, hunters shot the horse on accident, and a snake bit Angus--but they didn't die. (full context)
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...years before, and they figured they weren't aging because of the water. To test this, Angus shot himself through the heart. He didn't die. (full context)
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...where she is. She'd be 10 forever, and she'd never grow up. Jesse says that Angus thinks that the stream is left over from "some other plan" for the world, and... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...mother and father will worry, they need to take Winnie home with them so that Angus can talk to her about why she can't tell anyone, but she promises to bring... (full context)
Chapter Nine
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When Mae and Winnie reach the house, Angus is there and demands to see the "real, honest-to-goodness, natural child." Winnie feels shy, but... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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...in a drawer in the table. Dishes are stacked haphazardly, and things are piled everywhere. Angus's forgotten shotgun sits in a corner. In the parlor, there's a sofa and some tables,... (full context)
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...projects everywhere, while there are pins and needles stuck in the arms of the chairs. Angus carves toys and bowls out of wood, so there are wood shavings and toy parts... (full context)
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...one place for too long, as people start to wonder. Mae explains that she and Angus have been in this house for twenty years and they'll need to move soon. (full context)
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...having close friends sounds sad, and she tells Mae this. Mae says that she and Angus have each other, though she notes that Jesse and Miles struggle. Every ten years, they... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...take Winnie out on the pond after supper. Jesse insists that he'll take Winnie, but Angus sternly says that he'll take Winnie out himself so they can talk, as he suspects... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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As Winnie follows Angus to the pond, she feels brave again with the thought that the man in the... (full context)
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Angus and Winnie drift in silence and watch the sunset. After a bit, Angus says that... (full context)
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Suddenly, Winnie understands what Angus is saying. She'll die one day, without a question. Feeling helpless, she says she doesn't... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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As Mae makes the sofa into a bed for Winnie, Angus and Jesse discuss the possible motive of the horse thief. Angus has a bad feeling... (full context)
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A while later, Angus also comes out to check on Winnie. He offers to sit with her until she... (full context)
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Not long after Angus leaves, Jesse creeps down the loft stairs and kneels beside the sofa. Wide-eyed, he says... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...children were close to his age. He says it would've been too strange, and besides, Angus thinks that the fewer people know about it, the better. (full context)
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...so much time. Miles says he wants to do something important. He doesn't think that Angus's habit of hiding is useful, and he also doesn't believe that he should think only... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...and good-naturedly insults Miles's fishing abilities. They all head to the parlor to eat and Angus reminds them that they have to figure out how to get Winnie home without the... (full context)
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Angus asks Winnie how she slept. Winnie says she slept well and then silently wishes that... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...she's safe. Winnie thinks that there's something suspicious and unpleasant behind the man's expressionless face. Angus explains that they were going to bring Winnie home themselves. The man tells Angus to... (full context)
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...the yellow suit that he has no right to talk to them about this, while Angus tells the man to get to his point. The man in the yellow suit says... (full context)
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...with the money, the Tucks could live "like people again, instead of pigs." At this, Angus, Jesse, and Miles shout at the man, who grabs Winnie and roughly shoves her out... (full context)
Chapter Twenty
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Winnie stands with her arms around Angus as the constable declares that the man in the yellow suit isn't dead yet. Mae... (full context)
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The constable tells Angus to take the man in the yellow suit inside and look after him until he... (full context)
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The constable swings onto his own horse behind Winnie and Winnie again assures Angus that things will be okay. She sits up straight and watches Mae ride in front... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...parents will ever trust her again. Around 11 o'clock, Winnie lies down and thinks of Angus, Mae, Miles, and Jesse. She thinks that they seem helpless and too trusting, and they... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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At the back of the jailhouse, Angus hugs Winnie  tightly and Miles squeezes her hand before they all creep to the window.... (full context)
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Mae slowly climbs out the window with Angus's help and lands in a heap on the ground. It begins to rain as Mae,... (full context)
Epilogue
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Mae and Angus ride into Treegap on a wagon, pulled by their old horse. The town is barely... (full context)
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Later, while Mae shops for supplies, Angus walks back through town to a little hill and the cemetery there. They'd noticed it... (full context)
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As Mae and Angus leave town, they discuss that Winnie died and feel sorry for Jesse, even though he... (full context)