written by Jeffrey Lieber & James V. Hart, from the novel by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck: Look around you, the flowers, and the trees, and the frogs, they're all part of the wheel. They're always changing, always growing, like you Winnie. Your life is never the same, you were once a child, now you're about to become a woman. Then one day you'll go out, like the flame of a candle. You'll make way for new life. That's a certainty. That's the natural way of things. Then there's us. What we Tucks have, you can't call it livin', we just are. We're like rocks stuck on the side of the stream. Listen to me, Winnie, you know it's a dangerous secret if people find out about the Spring. They'll trample all over each other just to get to that water. If there's one thing I've learned about people it's that they'll do anything... anything not to die and they'll do anything to keep from living their life. Do you want to stay stuck as you are right now forever? I just have to make you understand.
Kudos and much thanks go to Katie for this monologue, it is very much appreciated. Thanks to Alyse for a correction to this monologue.
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