1 We get a much closer look at Leah in this chapter. After the discussion between Jacob and Leah, do you have a different understanding of her? What is your opinion of her, has it changed? If so, how?
The conversation gave her character a lot of depth, and since I already liked Leah as a character I loved that. My opinion of her just probably got stronger.
2. What do you think about the future plans that Jacob, Leah and Seth have discussed? Do you feel that the tribe will let them both go? Do you feel that Seth will stay?
To me it seemed like Jacob and Leah's future was going to be together and that they were eventually going to be something more than friends. Granted, that's not what happened, but at the time I remember thinking, "OMG, they're so cute!" Sam let Jacob go once, so I think he'd be willing to let him go again, especially considering that Jacob is now his competition. A lot of the pack would be happy to see Leah go, and I'm debating about Sam. I kind of think he might have tried to force her to stay or something...I don't know why. And Seth would've stayed, definetly, he would've been there to help his mom, his tribe, and the Cullens.
3. Do you agree with Leah’s assessment in that she is a genetic dead-end? If Leah is able to stop shifting, will her menopausal state end? What are your theories about Leah possibly imprinting?
I think the reason Leah's the first female werewolf is the same reason their werewolf pack is so big and Jacob being a second alpha: A lot of vampires means that there's a lot of triggers, and if they're taking permanent residence than the triggers will get worse. Eventually they'd run out of potential males, and if they needed a bigger pack it'd make sense for females to join as well.
I do believe that if Leah stops shape-shifting she'll be able to have children, she's frozen in time just like the vampires, if she allows herself to age she should be fine. It was interesting seeing her worrying about this aspect of life though...I'd never imagined her as the type to really want children. Yes, she probably thought of it as a future with Sam, but I didn't think the idea was as important to her as it ended up being. As I said, it was interesting.
Imprinting wise, I think Leah could, theoretically, but she'd be happy either way. I think she might be a little tired of imprinting at the moment with Sam and all.
4. What do you think about Jacob’s feelings of betrayal towards Edward, is it justified? How would you feel if you were in Jacob’s shoes?
Jacob and Edward had united over their desire to save Bella's life. Jacob at this point still sees the child as something that will kill Bella, which he doesn't want, and Edward hearing its thoughts to him must've seen like he was choosing the child over Bella, and thus, the child over her life.
Um, how would I feel...I can't place myself in this situation. I'd need the situation to be something that could happen in real life, and a lot of factors would have to change in order for this to be true. I can try replacing the baby with one that grows normally and the harm to Bella being, say, the fact that it was the child of a rapist, but...I just can't imagine it very well...
5. Edward now feels that the creature is now a child. Why does hearing the baby’s thoughts change Edward’s assessment of the situation?
Because it has a conscience, simple as that. Thinking suggests intelligence of some sort and comprehension, both of which are qualities of something that's very much alive and human. (Well, human-ish.) For a moment, he probably forgot about the fact that the child could very well kill Bella and just let himself be in awe over the fact that he was going to be a father.