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TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER: CHAPTER NOTES / SUMMARY
Reaching Charlie's house, Edward asks if he can come inside and Bella agrees. He then confesses to spying on her every night and listening to her talk in her sleep. He also mentions that Bella said his name frequently in her sleep. Charlie suddenly arrives home from fishing and Edward disappears. Charlie asks if she's going out that night, again alluding to the dance, and if there were any boys in town she was interested in. Bella denies both, and Charlie seems a little relieved.
When Bella goes to her room, she opens the window and calls for Edward, who arrives immediately. She tells him to wait as she prepares for bedtime in the bathroom, making sure to say good night to Charlie in her pajamas and with her hair wet, hoping he won't check in on her later to see if she sneaks out. Back in her room, she notices that Edward seems more comfortable around her now, more at ease, and he explains it's a case of mind over matter. He stresses that it's not easy, but it helps that they'd been together all day; time away from her re-sensitizes him to her essence and its appeal to his predatory instincts. He adds how he's becoming more human around her, feeling such strange impulses as jealousy and not knowing what to do with it. The first night he came to spy on Bella was the day the three boys asked her to the dance, and while she was sleeping, he heard her say his name, which left him emotionally moved. Bella is surprised, considering how she compared to Rosalie, but Edward explains that Rosalie is simply a sister to him, never mind belonging with Emmett and vice-versa.
Edward suddenly tells Bella to lie down and she does so, feigning sleep badly,
as Charlie peeks in. When he leaves, Edward teases her for being a terrible
actress. Edward says Bella can sleep, but she doesn't want to, so they
wonder what to do and Bella says she wants to hear more about him. She
asks why he resists his nature and he believes it's worth trying to retain
whatever essential humanity they can hold onto. She then asks about their
powers and why they developed; Edward says that Carlisle has a theory
that the strongest human traits are carried over and enhanced in vampirism.
Edward can read minds, Alice has precognition, Carlisle has compassion,
Esme brings her ability to love passionately, Emmett has his strength,
Rosalie her tenacity, and Jasper is able to manipulate the emotions of
those around him. She asks where vampires came from and Edward argues
rhetorically that it could be as natural as any other evolution. Bella
is finally ready to sleep but has one last question about Rosalie and
Emmett getting married soon and whether it's the same as human marriages.
Edward responds that most of the human desires remain, just hidden behind
more powerful desires. This leads to Bella asking about what could be
possible between her and Edward, which leads Edward to muse on how fragile
she is, given his supernatural strength. Still, he admits to being attracted
to her in this manner and Bella falls asleep in his arms.
The main issue that arises from Edward's story of how the Cullen family was
gathered is the mystery behind Alice's human life, foreshadowing events
at the climax.
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