What happend to Mae, the man in the yellow suit, and Winnie in "Tuck Everlasting".  Explain.

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Let's start with the man in the yellow suit. A previous answer stated that Mae shot him. That is incorrect. The man in the yellow suit wants to take Winnie and expose the Tuck family's secret of immortality. Mae Tuck is absolutely unwilling to let that happen, so she attacks the man by hitting him in the head with the stock of a shotgun. The blow to the head doesn't immediately kill the man, but he does die shortly after:

"You ain't going to do a thing like that to Winnie. And you ain't going to give out the secret." Her strong arms swung the shotgun round her head, like a wheel. The man in the yellow suit jerked away, but it was too late. With a dull cracking sound, the stock of the shotgun smashed into the back of his skull. He dropped like a tree, his face surprised, his eyes wide open.

Mae Tuck is arrested for her actions, and she is thrown in jail. Additionally, because the man in the yellow suit died, Mae is likely to be hanged as punishment. That won't be good because people will see that she is immortal. The Tucks hatch a plan to break her out of jail, and Winnie helps out by switching places with Mae. The plan is successful, and the Tucks once again leave the town. Winnie is in some trouble, but nothing really comes of it. She decides to not drink the water that will grant her eternal life, and she lives a full and complete life and dies of old age.

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The man in the yellow suit has followed Tuck's family since they "kidnapped" Winnie because he suspects their secret. He convinces the sheriff of Treegap to ride with him out to Tuck and Mae's house to "rescue" Winnie. He arrives before the sheriff and tries to bribe them into revealing the location of the water that gives immortality to whoever drinks it.

They refuse. The man in the yellow suit then threatens to give the water to Winnie, whereupon Mae shoots him, just as the sheriff arrives. The sheriff arrests Mae and tells her that if the man she shot dies, she will be hanged for murder. This would destroy everything, of course, because Mae cannot die, and the secret would be revealed to all. Winnie and Tuck's family then devise a plan to help Mae escape from jail.

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