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TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER: ONLINE NOTES / PLOT SYNOPSIS
Wuthering Heights is one of the most well-known classic literary
romances, and its dark, gothic mood is in keeping with the tone being
set by this novel. The Volvo represents the different, more glamorous
lifestyle that the Cullens and their stylish beauty embody; it presents
a stark contrast to Bella and her truck, which is plain and clunky and
considerably slower. However, as Bella herself observes, the truck is
the kind of vehicle that can demolish a Volvo and come out intact - thus
symbolizing the damage that Bella can have on the Cullen family, despite
their seeming superiority.
The next morning, Bella finds the rain from the previous day had turned to ice. She is still wondering about Edward's strange behavior, as well as the seeming rivalry by Mike and Eric for her affection. Once at school she discovers her smooth drive was due to Charlie putting chains on her tires, which leaves her emotionally moved. However, as she stands outside the truck, she realizes people are staring as a van comes hurtling towards her. Among them is Edward, who somehow pushes her out of the way, lifting the van with his hands so her legs wouldn't be crushed. In the aftermath, Bella is stunned and asks how he got to her so quickly; he insists he was standing next to her and when she protests, he asks her to affirm this lie. She notices that Edward's siblings seem angry at him but not concerned for his well-being.
EMTs and Charlie arrive to escort Bella, Edward, and Tyler Crowley,
the driver of the van, to the local emergency room. Edward is able to
avoid being scrutinized, however. In the ER, Bella meets Edward's adopted
father, Doctor Cullen, and when she tells him the lie of Edward standing
next to her before the accident, she realizes he's in on the truth as
well. Bella asks Edward for the truth in private but he insists that saving
her life means he doesn't owe her anything and that she probably got her
facts wrong from the concussion. She tells him what she thinks happened,
as fantastic as it sounds, but Edward continues to stonewall. Bella finds
her friends and father in the waiting room and is appalled to find Charlie
had told Renee of what happened. She calls her mother and calms her down.
That night, Bella has her first dream of Edward Cullen.
Edward saving Bella from death is typical of the romance genre formula; variations
of this heroism also occur in works such as the novels of Jane Austen,
which are referenced later. The fact that nobody else realizes what Edward
had done to save Bella is meant to explain subtly how the Cullens can
live among humans: people don't notice enough details to detect what is
unusual in their lives. Even when they do see something, they don't trust
their senses, as Tyler's explanation shows. Bella's decision to remain
silent at Edward's request turns out to be a crucial part in her bond
with Edward, a secret that leads to bigger secrets shared between the
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