In Tuck Everlasting, compare the Tucks' house to the Fosters', and state Winnie's preference.

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In Tuck Everlasting, the Tucks' home is chaotic but filled with love. The Fosters', on the other hand, is spic-and-span but cold and austere.

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The homes of both the Foster and Tuck families bear testament to the values and ideals that the family holds dear. At home with her parents and grandmother, Winnie knows a world characterized by order, cleanliness, and a stifling air of middle-class smugness.

The Tucks, on the other hand, have a home characterized by disorderliness, dust, and dirty dishes. However, it also holds the promise of love and a family for whom Winnie almost immediately feels strong affection and loyalty.

While the neatness and order of the Foster home, combined with the attitudes of her family members, is part of what tempts Winnie to run away just before her "kidnapping," she does find that she misses some of the creature comforts, like a comfortable bed, while she is at the Tucks'.

While Winnie ultimately makes the decision not to join the Tuck family, I would argue that the time she spent in their home opens her eyes to a world of love (both romantic love and family love) and changes her.

I believe the fact that she did not go and find the Tuck family when she turned 17 was far more indicative of her deep understanding of everything that Tuck had shared with her than of her satisfaction at life with her family. The book does not tell us what type of home Winnie makes for herself and her family as an adult, but I'm sure it would have been more like the Tucks' than the Fosters'.

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Although the Tucks' house and the Fosters' house have many obvious differences, they do have a few similarities.

First, regarding similarities, both are isolated and relatively off-limits to visitors. The Fosters' home is a "touch-me-not cottage" that sends the message to passersby: "Move on—we don't want you here." To reach the Tucks' well-concealed "homely little house," Winnie must travel for a long time over hills and through the forest. When the man in the yellow suit knocks on the Tucks' door, it startles them because it is "such an alien sound." Both homes have two stories with bedrooms upstairs.

The biggest difference between the two houses is the orderliness. The Fosters' house is kept spotless by Winnie's mother and grandmother. They sweep and mop regularly to keep dirt away. In contrast, the Tucks' house features "gentle eddies of dust," "silver cobwebs," and a mouse. Dishes are stacked in the sink, and every surface and wall is covered with some item. "Evidence of their activities" is everywhere, with Mae's sewing materials and Tuck's woodworking projects filling the lower-level rooms. The Fosters' furnishings are fine compared to those in the Tucks' home. The Fosters have a grandfather clock, and Winnie has her own child-sized rocker. The Tucks' furniture is "loose and sloping with age."

Winnie is fascinated by the Tucks' house, but when it comes time to go to sleep on the sagging sofa, she misses her own familiar bed. She comes to consider her adventure with the Tucks as a special experience that she has been able to have apart from others in her family, and this helps her feel more like her own person. Just as she chooses not to drink the water and marry Jesse, she probably would not choose the Tucks' home over her own. But she appreciates their home as an extension of the Tucks, whom she quickly grows to love.

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The Tucks’ home is much more disorganized and comfortable than the Fosters' home, and Winnie is homesick. 

Winnie is surprised by the way the Tucks live.  She does not necessarily prefer the way the Fosters live, but she is not used to the way the Tucks live.  Everything is comfortable but a little bit haphazard and messy at the Tuck house. 

The Foster house is one where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  It is a household where it is the women’s duty to keep things neat.  Winnie has been trained to view housekeeping this way.

Winnie had grown up with order. She was used to it. Under the pitiless double assaults of her mother and grandmother, the cottage where she lived was always squeaking clean, mopped and swept and scoured into limp submission. There was no room for carelessness, no putting things off until later. (Ch. 10)

Therefore, she is totally unprepared for the kind of household she steps into at the Tucks’ house.  The Tucks believe more in comfort than in order.  Winnie is amazed and enamored of the “homely little house beside the pond.”  She finds it disorderly, but realizes the Tucks are okay with that.

It was a whole new idea to her that people could live in such disarray, but at the same time she was charmed. It was . . . comfortable. … "Maybe it's because they think they have forever to clean it up." And this was followed by another thought, far more revolutionary: "Maybe they just don't care!" (Ch. 10)

Dust, messes, and disorganization do not bother the Tucks.  They have lived long enough to get their priorities straight.  Apparently, when you live forever it no longer matters to you if the dishes are done or not.  Other things in life become more valued.

Although Winnie finds this lifestyle luxurious and exciting, she also misses home. She has never been away from home before, and never slept in a bed besides her own.  It is not a matter of choosing one lifestyle over another, at the point. Winnie just misses the familiar.

In the end, Winnie chooses not to become immortal.  She remains a Foster.  Winnie has learned some interesting lessons about life from the Tucks and her experiences with them, but she decides that she would rather continue being mortal and living her own life.

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In Tuck Everlasting, which does Winnie prefer to like? The Tucks or the Fosters?

Winnie first goes to the Tucks because she feels stifled by her life as a Foster.  She feels like her parents are controlling.  Winnie has to decide whether he wants to live forever like the Tucks, but also whether she can live with the Tucks.  The free lifestyle is attractive at first, but might get old after a while.  Winnie ultimately choose mortality for now.  She believes that she is too young to make the decision, and she can make it any time when she is older.  She wants to love Jesse, and in her current body she is too young so she plans to wait until she is 17, when she can drink from the pool and become immortal as an adult.  She does not return though, and she dies.  Winnie chooses the Fosters over the Tucks.

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