1. Given everything we learn from Edward about the fact that he was able to stop from drinking Bella's blood, but that he didn't like how she smelled when she had a transfusion, what does that say about his control over the way he thirsts for her blood? Do you think drinking her blood makes it easier or harder for him to resist now?
What it did, was prove to Edward how strong he really is. He was able to stop, and he saved her life. He knows that he can resist, and that is important knowledge. He liked the taste of her blood, but he would never ever do it just to quench his thirst. I think with the blood transfusion, it just changed the way she smelled to him. He was used to Bella's smell, so it changed her for a time. I don't think it had anything to do with his thirst, he already proved that he was well in control of that.
2. Edward admits that Alice has seen Bella as a vampire. Why do you suppose, since he of all people knows it's crazy to deny Alice's visions, that he is so resistant to giving in and changing Bella?
I wouldn't say it is crazy to deny her visions, knowing that her visions are subject to change. I think he believes (or really wants to believe) that he can change the future. And he was dead set on keeping Bella human, since he did not want to take her life away. He seems sad when Bella mentions forever to him, not wanting forever to mean that she becomes a vampire.
3. Bella begs Edward to never leave her. Although he never exactly promises NOT to leave her, he does say it would be impossible for him to even try. Knowing what we know about New Moon, do you think he was saying this as a way to tide Bella over and keep her calm for now? DO you think he had plans even at this point in the story to one day leave her?
He probably wanted to keep her calm. But I also believe that he really wanted to stay. I do not think that he had specific plans to leave her at this point. But he did say that he would stay as long as it was the best thing for her, so he probably knew that there might come a time when he would have to leave. He would to anything to protect her, and he knew that being in the company of vampires could harm her.
4. Bella and Edward argue about her becoming a vampire, to which he point blank says that he will never do that to her. When I first finished reading Twilight, I was very torn over whether or not Bella should become a vampire. How did you feel at this point? Try to ignore all the discussions you've had here at the lex and focus on your first initial reaction. Did you think Bella should be changed right away and leave her family and life behind, or did you think Edward was being sensable to tell her that her mortality was important and more natural than anything he could give her?
I have to say first, that I wanted Bella and Edward to be together forever, so I wanted her to become a vampire at some point. I could definitely not see Bella staying human for very long. But I think that Edward was right about this one. It would not have been right to change her so soon. Edward wanted her to experience human life, since she still had so much she hadn't done. And there really was no rush. Bella was only 17 at this point. So I think it was important to wait, and be sure of the decision.
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