Winnies feelings towards the Tucks. Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt.

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*In the novel Tuck Everlasting, in describing the Fosters' and the Tucks' home and way of life, author Natalie Babbitt creates the impression that Winnie seems the prefer the Tucks' lifestyle better. This uses evidence from the novel to prove that this statement is true. It gives examples of both the Fosters' and the Tucks' way of life in this comparison.*

I think Winnie likes the Tucks' home better because Natalie Babbitt goes much deeper in describing their house compared to the Foster's. She also uses more descriptive words and more pleasant words when writing about their house.

At the Foster's home everything is always squeaking clean, there is no carelessness or no putting things off until later. For example, Babbitt describes the house as being mopped, swept and scoured into limp submission. This doesn't sound very pleasant.

On the other hand, at the Tuck's house, there are eddies of dust, silver cobwebs, and there is a mouse that lives in a drawer.

It also has a kitchen with dishes stacked in perilous towers without the least regard for their varying dimensions, and walls hung with everything imaginable, like wooden spoons, washtubs, lanterns, and onions, and in the corner, Tuck's forgotten shotgun.

Then comes the parlor with old, sloping furniture set about helter-skelter, a plush green sofa like a mossy fallen log facing a sooty fireplace. There are three green armchairs and an elderly rocker, standing aimlessly, like strangers at a party, ignoring each other.

And finally, the bedroom where a tipsy brass bed took up most of the space, but there was still room beside it for the washstand and the lonely mirror. Opposite its foot there was a cavernous oak wardrobe that leaked the faint smell of camphor. There was a steep flight of stairs that lead...