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 think he was justified to go the Cullens and check on Bella. He is her friend. But he had no right to plan a fight against them. He had known all along that Bella wanted to become a vampire, and he should respect her choice.
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 was surprised that she became so weak in such a short time. On Isle Esme she was fine, and just a week or so later, she was almost dying. But I knew that the pregancy would be very difficult, since the baby was a mix between her and Edward, so it would be so much stronger than Bella. And during a normal pregnancy the woman's body has time to adjust and grow with the baby. I Bella's case, the growth was just so rapid, and her body couldn't handle it.
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?
I was not surprising that she turned to Rosalie. All Bella wanted was to protect her nudger, and she knew how much Rosalie wanted a baby. So Rosalie would do anything to protect the baby. As for Rosalie's motivations, I am not sure..I think most of her cared for the baby, and maybe she would have sacrificed Bella to protect the baby. But I'm not sure, she may have truly cared for Bella.
The dividing of the Cullens was like I expected it. Emmett wouldn't dare to go against Rosalie. Esme has lost a child herself, and can identify with Bella's situations.
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?
No, I don't agree with this. I think that Jacob knew Bella very well. He is her best friend, and he was good at reading her face. But I do not think that Jacob knew her inner emotions. I think that Bella reseved that for Edward. Edward spent the most time with her, and they had opened themselves completely to eachother. So I think that Edward knows Bella the best. I also thought that the fact that Bella can still surprise Edward, was a good thing.
I think at this point, Edward was going crazy with worry. He didn't know what to do, and he couldn't understand why Bella would sacrifice her life. I don't think that has anything to do with Edward not understanding Bella, he just does not understand a mothers instinct.
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?
It was expected that Edward would ask for that. He had showed before that he would not survive Bella. He just couldn't live without her. But I didn't really think it would come to that. I believed that Bella would survive. And if she didn't, I thought that Edward would find the strength to stay alive for his child. The child would be half Bella, and I think Edward would have wanted to take care of it.
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