holdingoutforjacob wrote:She didn't have that freedom. She didn't become a wolf til either late New Moon or early Eclipse, I think.... or maybe mid-Eclipse. Anyway, she knew the legends and stuff but she didn't hear the pack mind or anything so she could escape it. By the time there was no escape, there really was NO ESCAPE, because at that point her father had just died, her mother was mourning, her little brother had just been thrown into a world of violence and things beyond his control.... she probably couldn't justify leaving them in her head. Jacob had very few ties to La Push, besides his father, who can take care of himself pretty well, plus there's a whole helping community for him, not that Sue wouldn't have this too, but she probably figured that losing a daughter after losing her husband would be too hard. She also has a lot of pride and probably wouldn't want to run away. Poor Leah. Bella is allowed to be completely useless yet she can't even escape the situation if she wants to.
You hit it right on the head, I think this is a really good explanation of the character. Her sense of responsibility and loyalty to her family would come before self pity. And I think she would see it as running away. She seems to be a fairly aggressive personality, someone who meets challenges head-on. That's one of the reasons I love that she's a wolf.
I don't agree, however, with the assessment of Emily and the wedding. I don't believe Emily was being selfish or mean when including Leah in the ceremony. In fact, I don't think it was explicitly said in the books that Emily asked
her to be a bridesmaid. Leah could have volunteered, to show that she did still love Emily and that she was strong enough to deal with the situation. I like to think that's what happened, it shows a strength of character on all sides and I don't think of Emily or Leah as cruel people. They are just victims of circumstance, trying to make the best of a bad situation.