Mrs.Edward_Cullen<3 wrote:Do you think Edward had a hard time restraining physical affection/lust for Bella?
Edward's self-control continues to get better and better as the story goes on. By the end of Twilight, he can restrain himself from wanting to kill her enough to kiss her without fear. By the end of New Moon, he says he'll never be tempted by her blood again. But he's still struggling to control himself (as evidenced by the occasional bout of heavy breathing) in their making out sessions late into Eclipse. That to me says that his lust for Bella's body eventually becomes even stronger than his lust for Bella's blood, which we know was immense.
We also know how crazy Edward is about protecting Bella from physical harm, even and especially from himself. I don't think he ever lets himself get even the least bit out of control until their wedding night. For over a book, the farthest he'll let them go is kissing, without letting either of them remove the first shred of clothing. Finally, near the end of Eclipse/beginning of Breaking Dawn, he accedes to allowing his shirt to be removed. (And she's wrapped up to keep herself warm.) That's it. To me, that says that any farther would tempt him to a point he was scared would be too much for him.
Of course, the above is true if his only concern was hurting Bella. The only thing I don't know is how much of it is his natural prudishness regarding physical contact before marriage. He may think that doing much beyond kissing is inappropriate for unmarried couples, and is just using the "I'd hurt you" line as an excuse to avoid going any farther. We know from Eclipse that he's a bit embarrassed when he tells Bella about his more traditional beliefs. It'd be nice to get some Edward POV from Eclipse to answer that question.
Anyone have an opinion on that? I love to hear more. -Ariadnee