Tuck Everlasting

by

Natalie Babbitt

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The chief law enforcement official in Treegap. He's a friendly and good-natured man who takes pride in his work. He's not thrilled when the man in the yellow suit drags him out of bed in the middle of the night to ride 20 miles to find Winnie, but he tries to make the best of it by attempting to engage the man in the yellow suit in conversation. The constable witnesses Mae hitting the man in the yellow suit, so he arrests her for murder and is proud and excited to be able to lock her up in Treegap's brand-new jail. He's later livid when he finds Winnie in the cell instead of Mae.

The Constable Quotes in Tuck Everlasting

The Tuck Everlasting quotes below are all either spoken by The Constable or refer to The Constable. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Constable Character Timeline in Tuck Everlasting

The timeline below shows where the character The Constable appears in Tuck Everlasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Fifteen
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...write up a contract. He assures Winnie's father that he'll go fetch Winnie with the constable. (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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Late in the night, the man in the yellow suit and the constable start off for the Tucks’ homestead. The constable isn't at all excited about this and... (full context)
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...the yellow suit explains that they have to go 20 miles north, which makes the constable groan. He slumps back in his saddle and tries to make small talk. He says... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...and hits him in the back of his head. The man drops instantly as the constable emerges from the trees. (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 explains that she... (full context)
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The constable tells Angus to take the man in the yellow suit inside and look after him... (full context)
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The constable swings onto his own horse behind Winnie and Winnie again assures Angus that things will... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...too small because it makes her feel comfortable and soothed. She remembers how, when the constable brought her home, her mother, father, and Granny met her at the fence. They refused... (full context)
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...a knock at the door. She creeps out of her room and listens to the constable tell her father that they can't press kidnapping charges, since Winnie says she chose to... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...to remove the window in the jail cell so Mae can climb through tonight. The constable, however, is so proud to be using the jail that he'll certainly notice immediately. He... (full context)
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...can take her place in the jail cell, make herself look large, and fool the constable. Jesse says it might work and asks what Winnie's family will say. Winnie says that... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Four
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...pry the nails out of the window frame. They drop down when they hear the constable whistling as he checks Mae's cell, but when they see his light disappear, Miles returns... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...remembers how, soon after she wrapped herself in the blanket back in the jailhouse, the constable came in to put a shutter over the window and stared at the blanket. Winnie... (full context)
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When the constable found her, Winnie was already sitting up. The constable looked astonished for a moment and... (full context)