1. What was your reaction when you realized that Alice had sketched Bella's house in Phoenix?
I was scared and wondered what was going to happen next. I was reading so quickly at this point that I just kind of sped on!
2. Why do you think Bella chooses not to tell Alice and Jasper what is going on.
Hmm, good question. I am not sure if I totally know. I think part of it might be that Alice maybe understands a tiny bit what Bella is doing, or she feels that at least she will know where Bella is when Edward gets there. Or maybe she is in denial and hoping that Bella won't do it. But for sure I think she doesn't want Jasper to over react. Jasper is very protective of Bella at this point, and I gather he is extremely protective of Alice (we see this more in New Moon, when Alice goes to Italy and explains why she didn't tell Jasper). I think part of Alice doens't want Jasper to try to stop Bella?
3. Bella is able to resist Jasper's calming power. Do you think she actually successfully resisted, or that he gave up when she broke contact?
Hmm another thing I hadn't thought about before. I think that it was half and half. I think that Bella's mind is so strong ( I know Jasper's gift has more to do with physiology than psychology but her mind plays into this) that she is able to counteract some of Jasper's calming effect, and it seems that he doesn't try to push it.
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