I'm re-reading this chapter right now, actually...
1. How did you feel about Jacob's injury and Bella's reaction to it?
I love Jacob, so I was naturally upset. Also, first time I read it, I misinterpreted it. The way Jacob finally got the kiss he was longing for, and the confirmation that Bella really did love him, and then he rushes off into the forest to fight... and then Bella's reaction... well, I thought he was gonna die! So I was terribly sad. To be clear, though, I was still furious with Bella for kissing him in the first place. Jacob's awesome.. in a kid brother kinda way. But hellooo?! Edward, dude. How could you even comprehend that other men exist?? *siighh*
2. Did you suspect that the Volturi’s late arrival to the fight was planned? Why?
I don't know if I necessarily thought it was planned.. more like an "oh, great, nowww you show up. thankss!"... but then it only made sense that they'd leave others to do the dirty work if they could... and maybe even see the Cullen's numbers dwindle down a bit, 'kill 2 birds' sorta thing.
3. What did Jane mean when she told Edward “Quite a pity how things turned out, isn’t it?” P 577
Way I see it, that just confirms my theory. With Edward, the other person is usually saying more to him than what actually escapes their lips. Is she just being sarcastic? Because, clearly, things did work out in the favor of the Volturi. But no wolves were harmed, save Jacob, Bella's fine, the Cullens are as strong as ever... Jane's sadistic nature tells me thats not exactly what she was counting on. The next line says "Edward nodded once to himself, his suspicions confirmed.", then showing Jane with a "bored" expression... I believe he sees the same thing.
4. Before you read Breaking Dawn, how did you think Bella would compare to Bree as a newborn? Did you think she would have better control over her bloodlust or that she would be as wild as Bree was in the clearing?
I think I always knew she wouldn't be quite the same. Bella's just too headstrong, practical, in control of her mind. I also think the Cullen family sees this too, but they can't be sure just how much control she will or will not have, and so they're still nervous. But once she begins to really stare at the newborn, wondering about her own disposition after the change.... I thought this was another clue that Bella would change her mind. After Rosalie's story and Bella's reaction, all the clues after that seemed to be pointing to a change. Edward seemed more comfortable with the idea, but I thought Bella was edging farther and farther away from it, and I half-expected her to completely change her mind.
look after my heart... i've left it with you