Esme was the one who finally made me shed tears while reading Breaking Dawn.
The first time I read through, I was just going fast, so that I could find out what happened.
On my second read, the moment when Esme, breath heaving, walks to join Carlisle's side as they believe they are going to die (page 724, if you want to know), had my eyes leaking and my heart breaking.
However, despite her motherly appearance, she has many other attributes. They tend to get overshadowed by her nurturing ways (giving Jacob food and clothes for the new pack, for example, or weeping / rejoicing when Alice leaves / returns) but they are present.
One example - her organization. She designed and created the interior of Edward and Bella's stone cottage. The division in the Cullen family over Bella's pregnancy showed that she does not just follow what Carlisle decides. After all, she sides with Rose and Bella and thinks they should carry the pregnancy to term, and no one accuses Esme of ulterior motives (unlike Rose, whom everyone believes has a personal interest in the baby).
I wonder how she felt when the baby was partially named after her?
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