One question that has always bugged me, how could a vampire of such compassion, willing put somebody else through what he was going through? While immortality is a neat concept, to be immortal has a horrible price, as any relationship you would have wouldn't last (Unless with other immortals). You would literally watch people turn to dust before your eyes.
In reality, I think Carlisle might have regrets as to what he did, because what he did isn't like amputating a leg to save a life, he took their humanity, and turned them into something that many would consider monsters. Because of this, I don't think Carlisle would turn somebody ever again, unless that person (such as Belle) is full aware of the consequences.
So the question is... Do you think what Carlisle did for Edward and Esme humane or morally sound?
Jazz Girl wrote:
Well, Carlisle himself admits that he acted out of selfishness, loneliness. I don't think Carlisle ever operated under any delusion that his actions were selfless. He took steps to ensure that they were as selfless as possible by selecting people who were on the brink of death, people who had no other human connections (with the exception of Rose, although the argument could be made that once her assault was discovered she and her family would be shunned) and people who deomonstrated strength in their human life. But, in the end, he knew he was taking human life (no matter how little time remained in it) to ease his own loneliness.
Either way, I am of Bella's opinion about it. Carlisle was not taking life, he was saving it.
December wrote:I think you're spot on, Jazz Girl. Edward certainly thinks so:
"Carlisle has a theory...he believes that we all bring something of our strongest human traits with us into the next life, where they are intensified -- like our minds, amnd our senses...."
"What did he bring into the next life, and the others?"
"Carlisle brought his compassion." (TW Ch.14)
Not exactly enhanced self-control, but a gift which keeps him from killing people just as effectively: a preternatural unwillingness to harm others.
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