Alphie wrote:1. Would you have been as reluctant as Bella was to accept the gift of a new car, even one as extravagant as the Mercedes, from someone like Edward?
HECK NO!!! I mean he has unlimited funds and while most people say things like 'it's just money' the Cullens REALLY mean that! I understand she is a simple and prideful person and a car like that would cause a commotion in a small town like that, but she would need to get used that kind of stuff anyway, so why not start now?
Besides, I gotta tell ya, her inability to except his gifts has seriously frustrated me through-out the series. It's like, there's stubborn and then there's just ridiculous, ya know?
Alphie wrote:2. Did you feel Charlie was justified in putting up the various posters of Jacob around town or should he have left that up to Billy? Remember, even as the police chief, Charlie doesn't have jurisdiction over the reservation.
Ok, that is a tricky question because while you are correct in the 'jurisdiction' part of it...Charlie wasn't thinking like a police officer entirely, he was thinking as a concerned parent in regards to a kid that he has known forever. A kid that is his daughters best friend and HIS best friend's son. Charlie didn't know what really happend to Jacob either and honestly if a friend of yours disappeared and no one seemed to be doing anything about it, wouldn't you do something? I know I would.
Alphie wrote:3. What were your thoughts about the way Charlie reacted to the engagement? About how Renee reacted?
You know, Charlie isn't dumb and while he may have not liked the situation he seems pretty level headed about most things. He is the head of the police department...he HAS to be fairly intelligent. He isn't blind either, he saw something coming, sure he was shocked but his reaction was fitting because he thought he could count on Renee giving Bella crap for her decision. Obviously that didn't happen but at that point it was a done deal and the polls were closed (so to speak) so honestly I liked his reaction...I honestly thought his reaction was quite perfect.
As for Renee...I was honestly shocked! I mean Renee ran out of her marriage, spoke harshly of early marriages so much so that it seriously effected Bella to the point that even though she was willing to end her life to be with man she KNEW she loved for all eternity she wouldn't say yes. That is a serious impact. So, while I WAS shocked at first...after her mother explained her stance on the subject in direct regards to Bella...it made complete sense after that. After-all it's true that Bella has never been a kid emotionally speaking.
Alphie wrote:4. Were you nervous for the wedding at the end of this chapter? Did you think Jacob would show up?
No, I wasn't nervous I was anxious for it to FINALLY happen. YES! I absolutely KNEW Jacob would come back. He is stubborn and crazy, but he loved Bella and it was inevitable that he would come back!