1. Do you feel Jacob was justified in going to the Cullens to confront Edward and possibly start a fight with the vampires even though he was going against Sam's orders? I don't think Jacob really would have started a fight. I think if it came down to it, he just needed someone to blame and lash out against. I think even if he had seen Bella as a gorgeous vampire, he would not have been able to hurt her by hurting the Cullens. It was never about the treaty, though, we all know that. Jacob was never about upholding the treaty for the sake of his people, it was always about Bella.
2. Since we as readers knew Bella was pregnant, did her physical appearance surprise you in the way that she looked so sick and frail? How did you feel about the rapid growth of her pregnancy and the effect it had on her body?
I wasn't at all surprised that this would push her limits even further. How could it not? I was surprised that it went so fast. Nothing else in their stories was rushed, so it was an unexpected twist that a half-vampire baby would have a fast pregnancy and childhood. It was frightening to see her so hurt by her child. Personally, I would have felt scared knowing my baby was half-vampire and so very very strong.
3. The ever present tension between Rosalie and Bella has virtually vanished due to Bella's pregnancy. Were you surprised that Bella asked Rose to act as her protector? How did you feel about Edward's explanation on how the family was divided over the issue? Well, considering you had Rose's story as a bit of foreshadowing, no, this was not surprising. Finally, Bella made a choice Rose could agree with, and that Rose would whole heartedly support. I think we see her from Edward and Jacob's perspective, as a greedy little baby-monger. But I do believe she had her heart (no pun intended) in the right place, protecting Bella as much as she was protecting the baby. I didn't feel like the family was too divided over the situation. Again, because at this point, we only see it through Jacob's eyes, and he's barely told of the situation. It seemed natural that the women who both lost their chances at having a children, would want this not only for their family, but for Bella knowing she would never have another chance.
4. Edward says sevearl times in this chapter that Jacob understood Bella better than he did. Do you agree or disagree with that assessment? Could Edward's thoughts be clouded by his involvement in the pregnancy, or do you feel that he was correct in saying that Jacob did understand her better?
Jacob ABSOLUTELY understands Bella better. So before you jump down my throat, let me make my case.
Jacob says that Bella's thoughts are so clear they might as well be printed on her forehead.(BD maybe? Can't remember exactly which book) He can tell how she feels about Rose by the way she sets her lips when she talks about her (BD). He can tell she doesn't like music, which rankles even Bella because she never said this to him (NM). He can tell she doesn't even like hearing the Cullen's names in NM, he can tell she's trying to hold herself together. He can tell she would always forgive him (E) and most importantly, he can tell she loves him even when she couldn't admit it to herself (E).
By contrast, Edward is constantly FRUSTRATED because he can't hear her thoughts. He's always asking what she's thinking, he's always staring into her eyes trying to figure her out. He even says "I'm sure she will surprise me, she always does" (BD) and "I'm often wrong about your thoughts, aren't I?" (BD)
I think that this has always been one of the major characteristics that set them apart. I think there are a few reasons for this: 1) Edward is always watching OUT for Bella, whereas Jacob just...watches...her. 2) When you're falling in love, sometimes you project your own insecurities, and therefore, both Edward and Bella do hold back from each other so as not to hurt each other. (How many times does she admit it's a good thing he can't read her) 3) I think Edward is just so used to hearing people's thoughts, that he doesn't practice reading their facial and body expressions and finally 4) Bella and Jacob were so naturally open with each other, that it made it easier for him to study Bella. Jacob understands he better because best friends just naturally fall into that area.
5. What did you feel about Edward's agreement with Jacob that if Bella died he would allow Jacob to kill him? Did you think it would come to that? I thought it was typical Edward, and in his mind, probably poetic justice. I think Jacob was mad enough at that point to have done so sooner rather than later. But I also think that it shows just how much suffering Jacob was going through when he decided (later) he would not kill Edward but let him, make him, suffer his pain, bearing it just as Jacob was having to bear his pain. That he would not give Edward the peace that death would bring.