Jazz Girl wrote:So, I was thinking this morning about Carlisle and Edward and Bella. During my musings, something occured to me and I want to get some folks opinions about this.
Knowing what we know about the newborn phase and how Carlisle was as a newborn, do you think it is possible that Carlisle did in fact have a "gift" and that it was the kind of enhanced super self control that people often discuss in relation to Bella?
Ok, I have to comment on this. I don't think that Carlisle's gift was self-control but compassion. It says that he was raised to hate vampires, his father was big into the anti-vampire movement that was going on (to put it in modern terms lol). I think that the reason he resisted drinking human blood in the first place was that he had been made to believe that vampires were evil and he was in fact trying to kill himself through starvation. (If I remember correctly there are also other examples of how he tried to kill himself.) Once he realized that he could live off of the blood of animals I think it was his compassion that enabled him to keep from drinking the blood of humans and not any "super self-control".