In Tuck Everlasting, why did the Tucks take Winnie home?  

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The Tucks never meant to kidnap Winnie; they only brought her with them so that they would have enough time to explain to her about the spring.  Mae tells Winnie, "Tuck - he'll want to talk it out, make sure you see why you can't tell no one.  But we'll bring you back tomorrow," (p. 43).  They weren't bad people, or true kidnappers.  They were simply afraid that she might tell someone about the water in the woods, and then their secret would be out for the world to know.  The problem is, if everyone were immortal, the world would be too crowded.  Also, having lived with immortality for years, the Tucks knew that it wasn't the right way to live; they didn't wish that on other people.  So they had to bring Winnie home with them in order to fully explain the situation to her and to ensure that she wouldn't tell anyone else about the water.