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?
Edward definitely has more self-control than he originally thought. Now that he's had a taste of her blood, it would probably make it harder for him to resist, because he would want it more than he ever had. It's like me and turkey... Once I have one bite of turkey, I keep thinking about it, and thinking about it, and thinking about it, until I stuff myself to the point I want to burst. lol
Best comparison I can come up with. 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?
Because it's also been said before that their future isn't set in stone. If Bella happens to change her mind, then she won't become a vampire. It's all up to the decisions that are made.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?
Yes, to both questions. Edward already knew that he'd be leaving her eventually.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 agreed with Edward then and now (I'm a few chapters away from finishing Eclipse.)
Mortality isn't something to be given up, because it makes life better. Living forever would just be filled with pain, watching everybody you know and love grow old without you and die. It'd be hard.