In Tuck Everlasting what is important in pages 50-65?      

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hope that I get the correct section of the book that the question is referring to.  I'm not sure which edition of the text that you have, so mine might be a bit different.  In my text, pages 50-65 are chapters 10, 11, and 12.  

Chapter 10 is important, because Winnie gets to have some alone time with Mae.  The interaction is low key and not intimidating.  Mae explains how and why the Tuck family must be separated for years at a time.  The entire conversation serves to humanize Mae and her family, and Winnie is much less concerned about being at home and whether or not she has actually been kidnapped or not.  The other reason chapter 10 is important is because Winnie gets to snoop around the Tuck household.  It's a polar opposite from her home.  In fact, the Tuck household actually feels like more of a home than her own house.  

It was a whole new idea to her that people could live in such disarray, but at the same time she was charmed. It was . . . comfortable.

Chapter 11 is quite short and not a lot happens.  Winnie and the Tuck family sit together at the table and enjoy a meal together.  Winnie announces that she recognized the man in the yellow suit.  Angus Tuck announces that he will take Winnie out in the rowboat in order to explain their odd existence.  

"Hush," Tuck interrupted. "Everyone hush. I'll take Winnie rowing on the pond. There's a good deal to be said and I think we better hurry up and say it. I got a feeling there ain't a whole lot of time."

Honestly, I don't believe chapter 11 is that terribly important other than the fact that it serves as a transition between chapters 10 and 12.  

Chapter 12, I believe, is one of the most important chapters in the entire book.  In this chapter, Angus explains to Winnie what it really means to be immortal.  

"That's what us Tucks are, Winnie. Stuck so's we can't move on. We ain't part of the wheel no more. Dropped off, Winnie. Left behind. And everywhere around us, things is moving and growing and changing."

Angus explains to Winnie that the Tuck family has been removed from the normal cycle of life and death.  They are stuck.  That doesn't sound too bad until Angus explains that he feels that he is no longer actually living.  He explains that a person can't truly be alive and feel like they are living if death is never a possibility.  

"You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road."

Whoa.  That's deep.  It's clear that Angus wishes that he had never found the spring water, and he desperately needs Winnie to understand.

Chapter 12 also ends with an important detail.  The Tuck's immortal horse has been stolen.