1. When Bella thinks that she has died she states, "If I was in hell, you wouldn't be with me." What do you think she means by that?
Bella believes that Edward has a soul and she knows that he is a good person.
2. In the part where Edward is telling Bella that he should have been more careful before he went to Italy, he says, "What was I supposed to think when the boy said Charlie was at the funeral? What are the odds?" Edward contemplates "the odds" what do you think he is thinking about then?
There is obviously the Romeo and Juliet allusion. Edward can be arrogant at times, and would never have thought that he could have made such horrific mistakes. He is feeling very humbled by the circumstances that led him to take such rash actions that he is now comparable to the Romeo character, who he had ridiculed before.
3. Edward has a plan for if and when the Volturi come to check on Bella. Do you think the Cullens would actually have a chance against them on their own?
The Cullens don’t have a prayer. They may be able to take a few of the Volturi out, but they would be completely exterminated in the process.
4. At the end of the chapter Bella decides to put her mortality to a vote. What do you think made her come to this decision? What is Edward thinking when he hears why she wants to go to his house?
There are two major developments by this point. The first is that Edward is back and has vowed to never leave Bella again, and that is a very good thing for her. Unfortunately, they are back now to their original impasse. Bella never wants to leave Edward, and she does not want him to die when she dies. Bella sees no point in becoming a vampire without having Edward there, so it isn’t that she disdains her humanity, she just sees no other way. Edward is perfectly happy with leaving her human, however. Despite everything that this couple has gone through, they have come back around full circle, and Edward is, once again, calling all of the shots when it comes to their relationship. I think that Bella is fully justified in wanting something more now; she is no longer satisfied with the status quo (deliriously happy with Edward back, YES, but where is the progress?). There is a small part of her that is still convinced that Edward might leave again if he thinks that is best for her.
The second major development is the promise extracted from Edward and Alice by the Volturi. This is completely the responsibility of Edward, no one else’s. There is no longer any choice except to either change Bella or accept that she will be killed by the Volturi (or they may possibly change her themselves and then keep her).
Bella sees clearly that Edward’s option is no longer viable. Edward is in denial. Bella’s decision to take the issue before the Cullens for a vote isn’t so much about becoming a vampire as it is to force Edward to accept the consequences of his actions. Bella is stepping up as an equal partner in this relationship, and is no longer going to allow Edward to keep calling all of the shots. Bella is also acting very shrewdly by putting her foot down at the exact moment when her stock is riding the highest it has ever been in the Cullen household.
Edward is counting on Carlisle to side with him, so he is confident that things will still go his way. He is in for a big surprise!
"It will take an amazing amount of control,” she mused. “More even than Carlisle has. He may be just strong enough…the only thing he’s not strong enough to do is stay away from her. That’s a lost cause.”