1. We learn quite a bit about the physiology of vampires in this chapter as Edward tells Carlisle's story. Which the most surprising thing you discovered - that they didn't need to breathe, that Carlisle tried to starve himself, or that they are very difficult to kill?
That Carlisle tried to starve himself. I figured that they were difficult to kill, and it just seemed so crazed that Carlisle would go to such strengths to try to kill himself, so revolted by what he'd become, when he's such a nice character.
2. How did you feel about Edward's confession that he drank from humans for a short period of time? Were you surprised? Or were you more like Bella in thinking that it seemed reasonable? What do you think of his choice to kill only "bad" humans?
I was a little surprised, but not overly shocked. I didn't think it seemed reasonable; more that it seemed understandable, given how he has obvious difficulties refraining from his bloodlust, that he would have a period of drinking from humans. I thought his choice to drink only bad humans was almost admirable; granted, his way of dealing with them wasn't the best way possible, but he tried to satisfy the thirst driving him mad and rid the world of evil, possibly saving innocent people at the same time. It was kind of a tribute to his character, as opposed to just going out and madly draining every human he saw. Even satisfying his thirst, he tried to do some good.
3. We get our first peek into Edward's room, which isn't really a bed room since it has no bed. Given the interest most fans have in all things romantic where these vampires are concerned, how long do you think it will take Edward to actually get a bed...if he ever gets one at all? Snigger...you know I had to ask!
I didn't stop to think about it; if I had, I supposed I would have figured he would never have got one until/unless Bella moved in with the Cullens when she was turned.
4. Throughout the chapter, Edward is much MUCH more himself. He is very open with Bella and seems very comfortable around her. I understand that this is the day after their time in the meadow, but what do you think specfially changed between them that allows Edward to be so free all of a sudden?
Bella has finally seen Edward in his own natural habitat of sorts, and met his family; he is keeping nothing from her anymore, embracing that she might not run and scream, and how happy he is not to be keeping secrets from her. He's just much more carefree, letting himself relax for a few hours and be happy and peaceful.
'Out of nowhere, she was perched on Jasper's back, her lips at his neck.
Jasper chuckled, shaking his head. "You truly are one frightening little monster."' ~APPC~