1 We get a much closer look at Leah in this chapter. After the discussion between Jacob and Leah, do you have a different understanding of her? What is your opinion of her, has it changed? If so, how?
I think she clearly has the ability to empathise beyond her own understanding, something which Jacob does not have the maturity or the ability to do at this stage. She is also ready to move on and, as Jake acknowledges, is in a healthier place than he is.
2. What do you think about the future plans that Jacob, Leah and Seth have discussed? Do you feel that the tribe will let them both go? Do you feel that Seth will stay?
I don't think that they'll be able to stop Jacob or Leah. Jacob is Alpha, so he can call the shots. Now that Leah is in his pack, he's the only one who can stop her. And in spite of his petulant statement that he's going to lay an Alpha command on her, I don't think he really means it. I think Seth's place, at least the moment, is with the tribe, so it's likely that he will return to it if Jacob and Leah leave.
3. Do you agree with Leah’s assessment in that she is a genetic dead-end? If Leah is able to stop shifting, will her menopausal state end? What are your theories about Leah possibly imprinting?
I think it's likely that she will start to cycle again once she stops phasing. I'm not sure she could ever have children, though. Perhaps all this came about because she is infertile. This means that she probably wouldn't imprint either, although there is too little known about the issue of female werewolves, since she is the first that they've had. It would seem likely that she couldn't or she would have just stayed in the childbearing state like other females in the tribe.
4. What do you think about Jacob’s feelings of betrayal towards Edward, is it justified? How would you feel if you were in Jacob’s shoes?
I can understand him feeling isolated at that point, but the feelings are unjust. He just isn't willing to accept that the baby could be anything other than evil, where Edward, now he can read the child's mind, sees it isn't so. Edward is, as ever, able to move on in the face of new information, whereas Jake just holds stubbornly to what he believed in the first place, regardless of the evidence.
5. Edward now feels that the creature is now a child. Why does hearing the baby’s thoughts change Edward’s assessment of the situation?
Because he can tell that the child is not a monster, but has the capacity for rational thought and love. These aspects change his understanding of the baby, as it means it can be reasoned with. Also, as it already loves Bella, he is instantly reconciled to it.