1. What were your impressions of the house that the Cullens live in?
First impression: wow. The house seems understatedly beautiful. It isn't showy and very homey. It fits with what we see of the Cullen siblings in earlier chapters. They are always together, clearly showing a close bond. Most siblings, even twins, that I know, tend to at least have their own friends at school, their own lives outside each other, no matter how close they are. The Cullens are clearly a family unit, and their home reflects that.
2. This is the first time Bella meets the Cullens ( other than Carlisle ) and gets to for an impression based on her experience alone. In other words, Edward no longer describes them for her, she gets to see them herself. In this chapter, she mostly interacts with Carlisle and Esme, what were your impressions of them.
Carlisle and Esme seem very much in love, bonded to one another. They also seem like exceptional parents, supporting their son in his relationship. They are very open and welcoming.
3. There is a brief mention of Alice having seen the visit of other vampires. What was your reaction to this when you first read it? Did you have any idea that it would turn into the large disaster that takes over until the end of the novel?
It didn't surprise me at all. The Cullens can't be the only vampires in the world. I did wonder about the nature of the other vampires, wondering if SM was going to spin a world where vampires were these kind of incredibly misunderstood beings who wanted to be compassionate just live to themselves. I didn't think so. But, no, I didn't see this as the conflict it became.
4. Edward and Bella describe being nervous about meeting/interacting with each other's families as boyfriend and girlfriend. Who do you think is more nervous Edward or Bella and why?
I can't really say. I think the reasons they were each nervous were very different, though equally concerning.
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