1. Were you at all surprised by the description Bella gave of the dullness that surrounded her life for the past four months? How did that make you feel?
No, not at all, if I was Bella I would be in total auto-pilot survival mode. My day to day stuff would only be going through the motions for other people's sake because I know I would not want to do any of it. Its almost like a defense mechanism, to prevent the things that still cause her the most pain.
2. Did you agree with Charlie that Bella should go and be with her mother again? Why or why not?
No, mostly because I think it would be hard to see Phil and her mother happy together. And if I was Bella I would not want to leave. Even though it was painful, I would want to maintain my attachment to my past with Edward, its hard to let go of that, the only way to hold on to some piece is to stay in Forks.
3. Bella chose to spend her first attempt at normalcy with Jessica Stanley. Why do you think she chose Jess and not one of her other friends? Do you think Jess was a good choice? How do you think this event impacted their relationship?
I think she chose Jessica because Jessica was her first friend in Forks really, so it was comfortable, and also maybe a little bit because Jessica wasn't in a relationship to be talking about how happy she was. And then the obvious reason that she knew Jessica is a chatterbox and she wanted that to distract her. I was surprised at Jessica's reluctance and sometimes coldness, I know Bella ignored her for months, but I would think she would try to understand things for her friend who was in pain, even though Bella tried to not let people see her pain. After this chapter, I felt like I had originally thought their relationship was deeper, when really it wasn't, at least not anymore.
4. When Bella first heard Edward's voice, did you think it was REALLY his voice or just in her head? What do you think of her solution to hear his voice more often by putting herself in danger?
I had no idea, I had to read through it a couple times. Since he is amazing, I kind of thought that somehow it WAS his voice and he could see her and what she was doing. Obviously I think her idea to put herself in danger so she can hear it more often is not a good one, but on the other hand, understandable when you are in such a painfully desperate place as Bella is at this point.
It is not length of life, but depth of life---Ralph Waldo Emerson
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