After dinner, Tuck takes Winnie for a boat ride. He is trying to explain why she cannot tell anyone about the spring, and why it is so important.
"But first we got to talk, and the pond's the best place. The pond's got answers. Come along, child. Let's go out on the water."
"Feeding time. Best time of all for fishing, when they come up to feed. Know what that is, all around us, Winnie? Life. Moving, growing, changing, never the same two minutes together."
Tuck starts to get the canoe onto the water and he starts telling Winnie why she can't tell anyone about the spring.
Tuck continues to tell Winnie his reasoning.
"This water, you look out at it every morning, and it looks the same, but it ain't. All night it's been moving, coming in through the stream back there to the west, slipping out through the stream down east here, always quiet, always new, mvoing on.
Tuck continues adding on to his explanation.
It's a wheel, Winnie. Everything's a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. That's the way it's supposed to be. That's the way it is.
Tuck compares the way he and his family are stuck in time to the way the rowboat is stuck in the creek.
It goes on, to the ocean. But this rowboat, now, it's stuck. If we didn't move it out ourself, it would stay here forever, trying to get loose, but stuck. That's what us Tucks are, Winnie. Stuck's so we can't move on.
Tuck and Winnie's conversation is interrupted by Miles, who is trying to tell his father that someone stole their horse.
Pa! Pa, come back! Something's happened, Pa. The horse is gone.