Before I answer the questions posed for this chapter, my inner teen wishes to escape for just a moment and say "Ohmigod, I freakin love Edward Cullen!!!!! He is the perfect boy and I will heart his cold pale face forever!"
Alright, I'm back.
Onto the questions.1. Can you see why Bella is afraid to marry Edward? Is it something that would affect your decision to get married at a young age?
Honesty I think it's an irrational fear because she is so worried what her family and friends will think, she's not really seeing the bigger picture. Eventually she will have to disappear from their lives anyway so this fear of marriage is a moot point. I mean, she and Edward are planning to be together forever anyway so why not just get married if it makes him happy. He's willing to turn her into a vampire which is something he's not pleased about so sooner or later she's going to have to live up to her part of the bargain. 2. The intimacy level between Edward and Bella really jumps up a notch here. How did you feel about that? How do you feel about their decision to try to make love while Bella was still human?
I felt a bit of anticipation mixed with fear. Anything can go right or wrong in this situation. I'm concerned about their consummating the relationship while she is human. Not to be graphic but his vampire instincts could just automatically kick in once her virginity is gone and the blood begins to flow. What then?3. Again the question arises about Edward having a soul. What do you think about this subject? Do vampires have souls?
Edward has a conscience which is clear in every scene we see. He's a genuinely good, giving, caring person. No one without a soul could pull those qualities off as well as he does. He has a soul, he just doesn't know it. By far my favorite chapter of the book so far.