I can understand Charlie's response because I think in a similar way. Any supernatural stuff freaks me out (I'm obviously not talking about fictional stuff here
) and I avoid reading anything that tries to give proof of ghosts or evil spirts or anything like that. It distrupts the security of believing the the world is the way it seems to me. (<I'm sure there is a better way to word that.)
I also try to avoid horrible personal stories on the news like vicious murders and such like because I know they will upset me; I can do nothing to help or change the situation so I'm really just trying to protect myself. I know these things happen, but I don't want to know details; my wild imagination is quite enough and I am not good at repressing unpleasant things unlike Bella! My mum is different, she likes to be in the know and she is curious; I have curiousity obviously but when I know it will hurt me I squash it.(I've learnt this from experience
) Of course Charlie must be insanely curious (not strong enough a word) but his reaction is a defense mechanism to protect himself and he is letting Bella take the lead in how much she wants to tell him as he senses this will protect her
. All he wants is for his daughter to be happy and he knows she is happy with Edward. He knows his questions could jeopardise the fragile balance that seems to exist on a knife's edge in Breaking Dawn. There's a sense of one wrong move and Game Over. He also knows Bella will be leaving soon (the no aging thing would be even harder to explain) so he doesn't want to jeopardise his short time with her either. He must be so confused but he has Sue there to ease him in slowly to the supernatural world.
The only thing I'm confused about is when he tried to fit all those months into one for Renesmee. So did he just accept this as another supernatural thing? I'm a little confused as to what he did accept in the end. I didn't understand about what the 'public story' thing was and what they told Charlie about Renesmee in the end. I re read that part but I was still confused. Can anyone help? I'm feeling a little stupid because no one else seems confused about that...