1. Power is demonstrated in many ways other than physical might. Describe two other powerful people or situations in this chapter.
Ah - group dynamics! Brings back memories of college and psych class!
This was a mental joust, or a classic debate, between the two mind readers, Aro and Edward, to decide the outcome.
Bella is a part of this is her new ability to "shield" the group when the Volturi acted.
2. What might have been going through the minds of some of the characters featured in this chapter? What would be Nahuel and Kachiri’s motivation for making their appearance in front of the Volturi?
The pople involved were taking a stand for an ideal they believed in and were prepared to defend with their lives if necessary.
I appreciated that it was not maudlin (sp?) in the minutes before Alice appeared. Close, but not.
Regarding N and K - resolution to their own lives - they are in contact with one of their one kind, they have violated no code, and they were bound to be discovered soon or later. why not help?
3. Some readers were disappointed with the “lack of action” in this chapter (like Stefan and Vladimir). Debate whether or not the events of this chapter are reasonable or far-fetched, or whether the resolution was satisfying or consistent with the overall themes of the book.
The Romanians were out for blood! (lol) Their reaction was humorous. I did not expect a battle like Eclipse because we are dealing with wise?, reasonable? and established codes of behavior for centuries - not newborns. As Stephanie describes the confrontation, I was visualizing a chess game ("mental war games"). I was expecting blood to be spilled, I could not envision a blood bath. But again, just a little too clean for my tastes.