In chapter 16 of Tuck Everlasting, who plans to accompany the man in the yellow suit to the Tucks' house? What reason does the man in the yellow suit give to the constable about why he is going to go ahead?

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The constable plans to accompany​ the man in the yellow suit to the Tuck family home in order to get Winnie back. The constable proves to be too slow for the man in the yellow suit, and the constable claims that his horse won't even gallop anymore. The man in the yellow suit quickly grows impatient, and he goes ahead, claiming that he is worried about the girl. That reason is false. Ultimately he doesn't care about Winnie. He wants to market the spring water to the highest bidder. His decision to go on ahead without the constable ends up being a bad decision, because his solitude gives Mrs. Tuck the opportunity to bash him in the head with a shotgun. Unfortunately for her, the constable ends up arriving right as the hit happens. He is forced to arrest Mrs. Tuck, and the family is then forced to break her out of jail.

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In chapter 16 of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, the constable planned to accompany the man in the yellow suit when he went to Tucks' house to retrieve Winnie. Plans change when the man in the yellow suit is too impatient to wait for the constable and rides ahead to reach the Tucks' house first, instead of the pair of them making the journey together.

The reason that the man in the yellow suit wants to get to the Tucks' house first is not for the safety of Winnie. If fact, he is only using Winnie's return to get ownership of the forest so that he can sell the spring water that appears to cause eternal life. He does not want to wait for the constable because the sooner he finds and returns Winnie, the sooner he gets ownership of the forest. Despite the fact that this is his true motivation, he tells the constable that he should go ahead because he can get there faster than the constable, who is older, and he can stand watch until the constable gets there.

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