Tuck Everlasting

by

Natalie Babbitt

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The Man in the Yellow Suit Character Analysis

The villain of the novel. He's never named but is described as being in constant motion and moving like a marionette. He travels to Treegap from the west in search of the Tucks, whom he heard about from his grandmother, who knew Miles’s wife, and his mother; his mother played with Anna, Miles's daughter, as a girl and told the man in the yellow suit stories about the family that never aged. He dedicates his life to finding them and when he discovers the Tucks with Winnie, he offers to bring them in on his business plan to sell the water to "deserving" people. The way he talks about this betrays that he's extremely classist, as he suggests that the Tucks--who are very poor--aren't deserving people and refers to them as "illiterates" when he speaks to Winnie's parents. He strikes a deal with Winnie's father to bring Winnie back in exchange for assuming ownership of the wood. When he attempts to take Winnie away from the Tucks and threatens to make her drink the water so that she can prove to potential buyers how well it works, Mae hits him over the head with the butt of her rifle, ultimately killing him.

The Man in the Yellow Suit Quotes in Tuck Everlasting

The Tuck Everlasting quotes below are all either spoken by The Man in the Yellow Suit or refer to The Man in the Yellow Suit. 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:
The Purpose of Living Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Square Fish edition of Tuck Everlasting published in 1975.
Prologue Quotes

No connection, you would agree. But things can come together in strange ways. The wood was at the center, the hub of the wheel. All wheels must have a hub. A Ferris wheel has one, as the sun is the hub of the wheeling calendar. Fixed points they are, and best left undisturbed, for without them, nothing holds together. But sometimes people find this out too late.

Page Number: 4
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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 Nineteen Quotes

"Not Winnie!" she said between clenched teeth. "You ain't going to do a thing like that to Winnie. And you ain't going to give out the secret." Her strong arms swung the shotgun round her head, like a wheel. The man in the yellow suit jerked away, but it was too late. With a dull cracking sound, the stock of the shotgun smashed into the back of his skull. He dropped like a tree, his face surprised, his eyes wide open.

Related Characters: Mae Tuck (speaker), Winnie Foster, The Man in the Yellow Suit
Page Number: 100
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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-One Quotes

"You mean, if he dies," Winnie had said, flatly, and they had sat back, shocked. Soon after, they put her to bed, with many kisses. But they peered at her anxiously over their shoulders as they tiptoed out of her bedroom, as if they sensed that she was different now from what she had been before. As if some part of her had slipped away.

Related Symbols: The Boat and the Pond
Page Number: 106
Explanation and Analysis:

Was Mae weeping now for the man in the yellow suit? In spite of her wish to spare the world, did she wish he were alive again? There was no way of knowing. But Mae had done what she thought she had to do.

Related Symbols: Winnie's Rocking Chair
Page Number: 110
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The Man in the Yellow Suit Character Timeline in Tuck Everlasting

The timeline below shows where the character The Man in the Yellow Suit appears in Tuck Everlasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue
Nature and the Cycle of Life Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
...whose parents own Treegap wood, decided to think about running away, and a stranger ( the man in the yellow suit ) showed up at the Fosters' gate. The narrator says that the wood is the... (full context)
Chapter Four
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At sunset, the man in the yellow suit saunters up to the Fosters' fence. He watches Winnie trying to catch fireflies and calls... (full context)
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The man in the yellow suit insists that if Winnie's lived here so long, she must know everyone. Winnie says that... (full context)
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After a moment of silence, Granny, Winnie, and the man in the yellow suit hear a tinkling bit of music coming from the wood. Wide-eyed, Granny gleefully tells Winnie... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...the wood and start across the meadow. At the edge of the wood, Winnie sees the man in the yellow suit watching them, but she doesn't shout for help. (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...runs down the road, whooping like Jesse. In her elation and happiness, nobody notices that the man in the yellow suit heard the Tucks' story and is now following them with a smile. (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...Jesse laughs, but Mae asks Angus why he's worried. She notes that they did see the man in the yellow suit as they ran away with Winnie, but he didn't say anything. Winnie admits that she... (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 yellow suit might rescue her. She enjoys the sound of her boots on the rowboat and listens... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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A while later, the man in the yellow suit ties the Tucks' horse to the Fosters' fence and lets himself into the yard. He... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...Tucks never seemed to consider that she might not believe their story. She thinks of the man in the yellow suit and is comforted when she reasons that he's probably told her parents where she is... (full context)
Chapter Fifteen
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Back in Winnie's family's cottage, the man in the yellow suit explains that he followed Winnie and her kidnappers and then came right back. He doesn't... (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... (full context)
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The man in the yellow suit explains that they have to go 20 miles north, which makes the constable groan. He... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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...shocked, as they've never had visitors. Mae goes to the door and opens it. It's the man in the yellow suit . (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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The man in the yellow suit looks around for a minute before addressing Winnie and telling her she's safe. Winnie thinks... (full context)
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Mae tells the man in the yellow suit that he has no right to talk to them about this, while Angus tells the... (full context)
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Mae goes suddenly pale and asks the man in the yellow suit what he's going to do. With a smile, the man says that Winnie's father gave... (full context)
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This makes the man in the yellow suit raise his eyebrows. He says that he thought it'd be nice to offer and points... (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 hit the man because he was trying to... (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 can send a doctor. He says that he... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...were good and kind people. They were horrified when Winnie told them that Mae hit the man in the yellow suit , and Winnie's father reasons that they'll get the wood back if he doesn't make... (full context)
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...lightning in the distance, puts her head on her arms, and sees an image of the man in the yellow suit , motionless in the dust. She thinks that the man can't die, but she also... (full context)
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...father that they can't press kidnapping charges, since Winnie says she chose to leave. However, the man in the yellow suit is dead and now Mae is a convicted murderer. Winnie creeps back to her room,... (full context)