In "Tuck Everlasting," how does Winnie make a difference in someone else's life?

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Winnie makes a difference in the life of Mae Tuck, the mother of Jesse.  She feels responsible for Mae being put in jail.  Mae had protected Winnie, from the evil stranger who wanted to exploit both her and the spring.  

Winnie helps Mae to escape from jail.  She looks past the fact that Mae killed the stranger, because she loved the Tucks, they were her friends.

Winnie makes a decision to go against her parents and take Mae's place in jail, allowing the family time to escape.  When she explained why she did what she did, her parents understood.  She was confined to the yard as punishment.