1) Is Bella the only one affected by the Cullens leaving? How has "nothing changed" in their absence?
I don't think she's the ONLY one affected, but yes she is obviously the most affected. The other people who I think are affected are the Quilleutes, obviously, but I always saw them as having their celebration and then pretty much moving on (at least until I finished reading New Moon that is!) I think Carlisle is pretty affected, he seemed pretty shocked but Carlisle leaving and the deficit that it would be to the town. I think not much has changed, all the people at lunch seem to pretty much be the same, aside from being a tad more mature, like I see Mike as having matured. Not Lauren or Jessica though, they seem the same. I don't think anything else has really changed. At least not anymore, things might have been different right after they left, but I think things are back to routine for everyone except Bella.
2) Why is the dream different than before? Did Bella's renewed contact with Jacob's family change her perception of Sam Uley? How so and why?
I don't really know why the dream is different. My first thought was because it was that she was spending so much time in La Push. I know she wasn't with Sam or anything, but that maybe brought him into her subconscious. I felt like in the dream, Sam was obviosuly trying to tell her something or warn her. It's hard for me to tell from her dream if he is friend or foe. I think the contact with Jacob's family gave her the general sense that the Quilleutes were all good people, but I think the dream might have scared her some about him. At least it would me. I don't think her perception changed much.
3) Why would Bella not want to be invisible now, when she wanted to be invisible last year?
I think because she feels so alone since the Cullen's left, also because she knows it would be nice to have some distraction. When she's left alone to her own devices its like she can't help but think of him which is of course painful for her. She maybe thinks she would feel better if she were involved with friends more.
4) How is Charlie affected by this new Bella? Does he perceive how much of it is Jacob's doing?
I absolutely think he pervceives it as being related to Jacob. I think Charlie is just bracing himself for Bella to fall apart again, he's happy to see her in a lighter mood, but is probably cautious of the fact that it seemed so sudden and he's maybe in disbelief about it, like is it for real.
5) This is the second mention of the monstrous black bear. Did you realize at this point that there was more to it than that? What did you think was going on? Did you think it would turn into what it did?
I knew it was going to be an animal, and probably not a black bear, or at least not any normal bear that we've heard of before. I had NO idea that it was what it really was. I really had no idea, I kinda feel silly that I didn't see it, but I really didn't.
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