Alphie wrote:Thanks to jenni_elyse for the discussion questions!
1. At the beginning of the chapter, Bella wakes up from a nightmare about immortal children. As we know, the dream foreshadows the events to come later in the story. However, it seems coincidental that the first time she has this nightmare it is the night before her wedding. Do you think that there is any significance to this? Or, do you think it is just Bella being Bella?
Bella is very intuitive. Her dreams feature right through the saga; The Edward and Jacob in dream in TW and the Dream she has about Jacob being a wolf in NM. Her dreams have always been a "round about" vision of what will happen in her life. In fact, as I was reading BD, I thought her special vampire attribute would be something to do with dreaming the future, so when she was a shield I kind of liked that surprise!
2.Bella is stunned when Rosalie offers to help Alice get Bella ready. She remarks, “I had never been Rosalie’s favorite person…and here I was, callously throwing away everything she wanted in life like it was garbage.” What do you think motivated Rosalie to be nice to Bella in this instance?
I just think that Rosalie has come to understand Bella more. The relationship started to build in NM, when Rosalie was impressed by Bella's bravery and probably realised for the first time just how much Bella loves Edward. The chat they had in EC, was another step towards understanding each other. This is just another step of acceptance, I think.
3.Renée says that Alice would not let her or Charlie do anything for Bella, except give her the hair combs from her grandma. She remarks, “Every time we tried, she all but ripped our throats out.” From Edward and Bella’s visit to Florida in Eclipse, we know that Renée is almost as observant as Bella when it comes to the Cullens. So, do you think Renée was remarking about how “attune” Alice seems to be with everyone’s actions? Or, do you think she was simply remarking that Alice wanted to do everything herself?
It is what it is, Alice being Alice! She loves to plan and create events! Nothing more to it.
4.During the ceremony, Bella realizes that she had been silly about being afraid to get married. And, as Bella looks into Edward’s eyes, she says, “[I] knew that I was winning, too.” Why do you think she finally realizes that marrying Edward was a good thing?
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