What does the ''touch-me-not-appearance'' of the cottage mean in "Tuck Everlasting"? It is from the book Tuck Everlasting.

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The cottage where Winnie lives is described as "touch-me-not," meaning that it's very neat, clean, and organized. This forms a marked contrast to the Tucks' place, which is more ramshackle, but still quite homely and cosy all the same.

The contrast between the two cottages symbolizes the different worlds that Winnie's family and the Tucks inhabit. As the Tucks are immortal, they don't have to make their mark on the world; they have no need to show off to others and make an impression as Winnie's family and many other mortals do. The "touch-me-not" appearance of Winnie's cottage is an outward expression of her family's social respectability, specifically designed to send a message to the world as to what kind of people live inside. The Tucks, however, are free from such societal pressures and can concentrate on making a warm, cosy home life for themselves, far away from prying eyes.

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The Tuck's cottage is a small, plain little cottage that is very disorderly and homey. The cottage is symbolic of the Tucks -- they are very laid back people, with dusty rooms, piles of stuff laying around the house, disorganized and mismatched furniture, and colorful bits of sewing lying around. And while the Tucks are laid back and disorganized, very plain, down-home kind of people, they are also really interesting and different from anything Winnie has ever seen. She is used to order, a way that things are supposed to be, and the Tucks defy that order. They live in a different manner, come from a different social class, and even defy the natural order of things. And they are not concerned with neatness and with appearances, they are only concerned with living the best life they can live and making the most out of life. Winnie learns this lesson while staying with them. She begins to discover what is important, living and experiencing life, and not worrying about living an orderly life that is stilted and suffocating.

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