- Would you want to look like you do now when you are 87?
No way. I want the respect people (generally) give people in older age. If I looked as I do now, no one would know I'm old! I don't fear age. Of course, there are plenty of ways I hope I don't end up looking like. But looking 27 when I am 87 and feel older? Nah. I'll pass.
- What is the role of women in the text?
Winnie is the temptress and the reward in ways where Jesse is concerned. I'll leave you to ponder that. She is also our connection to the discovery of this strange family and the lessons to be learned from them. She helps us learn the importance of being allowed to fly. Winnie's mother is constriction, rules, suffocation, and love given hesitantly. Mrs. Tuck is gentleness, stability, constancy, and freely giving love. Was there a grandmother, or was that the movie? I don't know if this quite answers the question, but that's what came to mind to say.