Tuck Everlasting

by

Natalie Babbitt

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The Toad Character Analysis

The toad is a wild toad that Winnie sees several times on the other side of her cottage's fence. She talks to the toad and tells it about her desire to run away, and she decides to venture into the wood because she's afraid that the toad will laugh at her for losing her nerve. Several weeks after Winnie's adventure, she rescues the toad from a dog that's harassing it and pours the water from Jesse over it, making the toad immortal. In the epilogue, Angus and Mae nearly run the toad over when they come across it sitting in the middle of the road.

The Toad Quotes in Tuck Everlasting

The Tuck Everlasting quotes below are all either spoken by The Toad or refer to The Toad. 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.
Chapter Three Quotes

"I want to be by myself for a change." She leaned her forehead against the bars and after a short silence went on in a thoughtful tone. "I'm not exactly sure what I'd do, you know, but something interesting--something that's all mine. Something that would make some kind of difference in the world."

Related Characters: Winnie Foster (speaker), The Toad
Related Symbols: The Fence
Page Number: 14-15
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Toad Character Timeline in Tuck Everlasting

The timeline below shows where the character The Toad appears in Tuck Everlasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
...that day, Winnie sits on the closely cropped grass inside her fence, talking to a toad outside. She tells it that she might run away tomorrow, but she can't tell if... (full context)
The Purpose of Living Theme Icon
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
Winnie tells the toad that because she's an only child, the adults want to look at her and look... (full context)
Chapter Five
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
...able to manage. She thinks it's awful to admit she's afraid and wonders if the toad might laugh at her if it returns to the fence later. Winnie decides that instead... (full context)
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
Nature and the Cycle of Life Theme Icon
...and moss. She notices all the small creatures bustling around and even comes across the toad. Winnie tells the toad that she's following through on what she said yesterday; she did... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
Nature and the Cycle of Life Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
...looks out the window. She admires the mist sitting on the water and watches a toad hopping by. She remembers her toad at home and feels as though she's been away... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
...leans against the fence and thinks of Mae in the jailhouse. She suddenly notices the toad on the other side of the road. It looks dry and parched, so Winnie runs... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
The Purpose of Living Theme Icon
Childhood, Independence, and Maturity Theme Icon
Nature and the Cycle of Life Theme Icon
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
Suddenly, the toad jumps out of some weeds right on the other side of the fence. At the... (full context)
Epilogue
Morality, Choices, and Friendship Theme Icon
...no reason to return to Treegap anymore and Mae cautions Angus to not hit a toad in the road. Angus climbs down and looks at the toad, who seems unconcerned by... (full context)