Why do you think there was a painful pause when Winnie's family realizes she actually went with the Tucks on her own free will in Tuck Everlasting?

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This question deals with information that is given to readers in the early parts of chapter 21. The constable had just brought Winnie home, and the Foster family is fawning over her return. The constable informs the family that Winnie had gone with the Tucks by her own choosing, and the comment causes a "painful pause" that lasts only for a moment.

Readers are not told why this pause exists, so it is up to individual readers to come up with a possible reason. One possible reason is that they are...

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