What are in the woods next to the cottage?    

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ms-einstein | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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What lies in the wood next to the cottage is the focal point of the entire novel. It is a natural spring that the Tuck family has been drinking from for what literally seems like forever. Whoever drinks its water never dies and remains the same age for eternity. The Tucks learned of its magical powers 87 years ago when they consumed the water. Winnie, bored with her own tiny world, ventures into the wood in search of adventure. She is found by the Tucks, who are intent on sparing others from their fate. The family kidnaps her to keep her away from the well.