Alphie wrote:1. Where did you think Edward had gone off to at the start of the chapter and why did you think he had vanished?
I had no idea where Edward had gone. It annoyed me, actually. I wanted to learn more about him.
2. We learn a few things about Bella's parents in this chapter. Charlie can't cook - Renee is rather needy and so on. What does this tell us about Bella as an individual?
This part made me feel better about Bella's mom. It occurred to me that Bella was taking care of her mom instead of the other way around. She had to grow up faster than most other kids, and therefore her decision to move to Forks seemed mature and well-thought-out.
Charlie still seemed bumbling and overwhelmed to me. He still seemed like an unimportant character, just someone who was there because a 17-year-old would still live with her parents.
3. What was your reaction to the polite way Edward treated Bella when he returned? Did you think he was putting on a show? How did it change your thoughts about his initial reaction to her?
I figured he was trying to make up for his hateful behavior of their first meeting. I didn't get the sense that he was putting on a show- it seemed genuine to me. It was still confusing though. I'm happy Stephenie explained it all eventually.
4. What was your first explanation for the change in Edward's eye color?
I just thought that when Edward was angry or feeling hateful, his eyes were a different color than when he wasn't. Maybe it was just a trait that vampires happened to have. It's easy to take liberty with myths. I didn't even think about hunger.
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