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?
The most surprising thing, for me, was that Carlisle tried to starve himself. After all, everyone knows vampires are undead. They really didn't need to breathe, and since they're already technically dead, it makes sense that they're hard to get rid of for good.
The fact that Carlisle tried to kill himself before he became something he detested was surprising, because that would be extremely hard to surpress in himself.
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 bit disturbed when I realized that Edward drank from humans, even if they were bad. I was quite surprised, considering he lived with Carlisle, and all. I thought he had been using animals this whole time after becoming a vampire.
It does seem reasonable, but still . . . It would have been so easy to go all the way to any human, no matter what they've done.
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!
Heheh... Oh, I don't know. I never thought about it reading Twilight. I never thought about it until Eclipse, when Bella was sleeping over (hostage) with Alice.
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 now knows everything from what Edward could do to her to how hard it is for him, that he could kill her at any moment, yet she's willing to risk it all. All the cards are now on the table, yet she wants him anyway. It would be freeing.