wow wee! this is interesting. hehe. all i can say is, and again, it's not Bella's fault that Jacob came in the tent and i'm saying this in Edward's perspective, not Bella. in fact, i'm saying this in MY OWN perspective. if she didn't let Jacob hug her for the heat, she COULD freeze to death which leads to Edward being furious and start blaming himself, and no one else. and if Edward objected Jacob's move, fighting could happen, and Bella did freeze to death then, where would the story goes? and if we were to read that Bella hug Edward, just so she could comfort him, have you ever think of what would become of that situation? see, this is not from Bella's perspective, is it?
Well, yes, it is still, in my opinion anyhow, because I personally think Edward reached that point of "absolute love" for Bella before Bella made it there herself. It was only through Jacob, her discovery of her feelings for him and her consequent rejection of him that she truly realized that Edward mattered MORE
. And it was only
at that point that I believe she truly meant what she had been saying all along (that she loved Edward more than anything in the world). As Jacob says, she needed to make the decision with her eyes wide open. And that she did by admitting to herself that she did have feelings for Jacob - it was then that she discovers they were still not enough to compare to what she felt for Edward.
I think Edward's
love for Bella on the other hand came much sooner and yes, perhaps did deepen through the relationship he witnessed between her and Jacob but well before
the tent scene had happened. I even believe Edward would have already been able to offer the "werewolf baby" scenario to Jacob if the situation had presented itself sooner. He likely came to the conclusion when he left her in New Moon and realized his efforts to stay away were fruitless. The instant he thinks she is dead, he makes no hesitation in the decision to kill himself. And this was all before Jacob had really become an issue that Edward was aware of.
It's difficult to respond to the "what ifs" since we can't
know what would have happened in the story but I still can't help but wish that Bella had have taken Edward's feelings a little more into consideration when it came to her 'connection' with Jacob. It likely hurt Edward more than she was aware whenever she brought him up - I can only imagine what he was going through while she cried in his arms that first night after truly letting Jacob go.
but then again, this is a fictional story! hahahah! loosen up. why all the disliking of characters' movements and decisions?
hehe. Trust me when I tell you, I know I analyze things TOO MUCH. lol. And I realize this is all a moot point since we know how things ended up. But I suppose this is all idle amusement for me while I try to hang on to the atmosphere that surrounded the whole Twilight universe. That scene in the tent (along with a few others) were ones that irked me when I was reading and I've just now made it here to discuss them. Needless to say, this is all very interesting to read different opinions on various scenes, I hope you feel the same way.