In "Tuck Everlasting", what does Miles usually do for work, and what symbol does Tuck use to represent the Tucks?
Miles is a simple man who is good with his hands. He "can do carpentering, and (is) a pretty fair blacksmith" (Chapter 10). His humble ambition is "to do something important" with his life, but he "ain't had no schooling or nothing, and that makes it harder". Despite the obstacles that stand in his way, not the least of which is the fact that he cannot stay in one place for any length of time, Miles is hopeful that someday, "he'll find a way" Chapter 28).
Tuck uses the symbol of "rocks beside the road" to describe the situation his family is in. He says that life is like a wheel, and that living and dying are all a part of it. Although the Tucks will live forever, because they cannot age, they cannot grow and change. The magic that has left the Tucks invulnerable to death has also left them out of the normal flow of life. They remain stuck, incapable of growth, like rocks on the side of the road watching life with its natural progressions go by without them (Chapter 12).