Alphie wrote: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?
No, at this stage he did not know the truth, his judgement is clouded by hatred, jealousy and being uncertain of the facts. I also wanted him to respect Sam, as he was the one who chose to give up being the alpha (and like Bella, I kind of hate the petulant side to his nature.) However, later in the book, I am very thankful that he can go against Sam!
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?
Lets face it, it was a human/vamp baby, so nothing really shocked me!
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?
No, not shocked at all. There are a few reasons why: Rosalie is the least emotionally attached to Bella herself. so is probably least worried (at this stage), if something happened to Bella. (I say this from the point of view that Rosalie will be much more likely to look at this objectively.) She is the one who is most effected by not being able to have children and therefore the one who is most likely to respect Bella's decision. Rosalie had her decisions taken away from her, so has empathy for Bella, when everyone wants to do that to her. Thanks to their chat in EC, Bella knows this all too well. The explanation is expected to me and I feel like it is the only way it would have happened, the dynamics of the Cullen family is one of the most vital parts to the whole saga imo.
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?
I think Jake knows her better in some ways, this is purely because Bella tends to try and keep the intensity of some of her thoughts and feelings away from Edward, in order to shield him. I don't think Jake necessarily understands her better. To me knowing someone and understanding them is different. I think Edward understands her very well, at this point though, his judgement is clouded and conflicted.
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?
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