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TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER: ONLINE BOOK REVIEW / NOTES

CHAPTER 18. The Hunt

Summary

Two men and a woman emerge from the forest; the leader introduces himself as Laurent, and the others as James and Victoria. Laurent asks if they can play but Carlisle says they are just finishing. Laurent asks about their hunting range and is surprised that the Cullens are able to keep a permanent residence nearby. Carlisle invites them home to talk about this and also requests that they refrain from hunting in the immediate area. James suddenly pays attention to Bella, placing Edward on the defense. Laurent is surprised that a human is among them and Carlisle stresses that Bella is with them, which Laurent can not understand. While the others escort the trio of visitors to their home, Bella is taken back to the Jeep with Edward, Alice, and Emmett. Once in the car, Edward talks about sending Bella far away, to throw James off the trail for her. Edward tells Alice that James is a tracker, which Bella doesn't understand but has deeper meaning to the others. Edward then goes on to stress that James wants Bella and it is crucial to get her out of the area. Bella is concerned about Charlie and leaving him behind.

Bella proposes a plan: she goes back home, tells Charlie she is leaving right away and wants to go home to Phoenix. This way, he won't call the FBI over the sudden disappearance of his daughter. They wait until James is watching and they'll run, so he won't stick around and harm Charlie. Bella also adds that Edward can't accompany her or else his absence at the same time as her will also make Charlie suspicious. Alice volunteers herself and Jasper to accompany Bella. Bella says after a week and once James is thrown off her scent, Edward can meet her in Phoenix. Edward protests that James will hear that's where she's going and she reasons that they'll make it sound like a ruse set up for him since they know he's listening. Edward protests that she can be located via a phone book but she insists she can get her own place. Emmett is surprised at this plan, and reasons that there's less chance of somebody getting hurt if she's not around. Edward accepts this plan and makes sure Alice and Jasper can handle protecting Bella.


Notes

The ruse of Laurent posing as the leader of this vampire pack is the first indication of how clever James is as a tracker. It also shows what a corrupt authority figure he is, contrasting against such virtuous authority figures of Carlisle Cullen and Charlie Swan; in effect, James is a bad parent destroying the idyll of the Cullen and Swan families. Emmett's surprise at Bella's clever plan shows how little he thinks of humans in general, but also of his improving opinion of Bella in particular.


CHAPTER 19. Goodbyes

Summary

Charlie is awake at home, waiting for Bella to arrive; Edward confirms that James isn't there yet. Bella then rushes into the house, pretending to be upset and wanting to leave immediately for Arizona. Charlie asks if Edward broke up with Bella and she responds that she broke up with him, that she doesn't want to wind up stuck in Forks. Packing quickly, she's ready to leave the house when Charlie quickly asks her to wait a week: Renee called up, things aren't going well in Florida, and if Phil doesn't get signed they're moving back to Arizona so he can be a shortstop for the Sidewinders. Bella sticks to her plan, though, and repeats the words that Renee said when she left Charlie many years ago. This stuns Charlie and Bella makes good her escape. Edward drives Bella in her truck, with Alice and Emmet as escorts; Edward says that James is following them now. Bella is concerned about Charlie and Edward says he'll forgive her; she also wonders why James is so intent on her and Edward explains that James is thrilled by the challenge of hunting her with a coven of strong fighters as her protection. Further, while Victoria will fight with James, Laurent isn't as sure.

They arrive at the Cullen home. Carlisle confronts Laurent, who says he can't stop James once he starts a hunt. Laurent decides to head north to the settlement in Denali, warns about underestimating James, and apologizes before finally leaving. Edward asks Rosalie to take Bella upstairs to trade clothes but she refuses; he then asks Esme, who does as she's asked, switching clothes to confuse James briefly on Bella's scent. They plan to leave in three groups: Esme and Rosalie will take the truck while Carlisle and Emmett and Edward will take the Jeep; Alice sees that James will track the Jeep while Victoria will follow the truck. Once they give chase, Alice and Jasper and Bella will head to Arizona in the Mercedes with dark-tinted windows. Edward gives Bella a kiss goodbye before he leave, and the truck and Jeep group depart. Alice gets a call confirming Victoria is on Esme's trail; Jasper tells Bella that she's worth it, and they leave.

Notes

Bella repeating the words Renee used when leaving Charlie years ago is a striking scene, again showing how fragile families can be. It's worth considering that Renee is the person which threatens the stability of the Cullen family as well; her presence is unstable as a Phoenix transplant in Forks as well as a human in love with a vampire.


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