VirginiaMay wrote:BUT I think that going back again and again comes down to his loneliness. For the first time in one-hundred years he has someone to pass the nighttime hours with, even if she is unconscious.
Ginnie~ I totally agree. I think you've really got something there. But, I think it goes a little deeper than just sharing the night with her. I always giggle when I read through The Saga and Bella talks about what it means to her that Edward stays with her at night. I always think about what it means to Edward. First, there is just something about watching the person you love sleep. I do it often with my husband. When he sleeps, there's a sense of peace about him, and that peace calms me. There's just something about being able to be with the person you love at any given time, even in the middle of the night. But, I think for Edward, it's a much bigger issue. Yes, he loves the peace that Bella brings him, and the peace she gets when she's asleep. But, I think it much more has to do with what sleeping in Edward's presence means. Edward sees himself as a monster, as a constant threat to Bella. And yet, every single night, even after he shattered her, Bella makes herself as vulnerable as she possibly can with him. Every defense she has is down. She even knows that she talks in her sleep, possibly revealing to him things she tries to keep hidden. But, never once does she think twice about him staying with her, being with her while she is at her most vulnerable. It is the ultimate expression of the trust she has in him. For Edward, that constant reminder of how much Bella loves and trusts him renews him and gives him hope in a way I don't think he even realizes.[~tell~]