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BOOK SUMMARY FOR TWILIGHT BY STEPHENIE MEYER
They continued to wait throughout the day. Alice and Bella talk: Carlisle and his group were to take James as far north as possible before ambushing him; Esme was to take Victoria as far West as possible and if Victoria turned around, Esme and Rosalie were going back to Forks to watch over Charlie. Bella then persuades Alice to tell her how someone becomes a vampire, as Edward refused to tell her. Alice knows Edward will be very angry but gives in: she explains that vampires have a venom that doesn't kill but merely incapacitates. If someone survives a vampire attack - highly unlikely, given the wide array of predatory gifts they possess as well as the feeding frenzy vampires have when tasting blood - then the poison spreads and in several days the transformation is complete.
Suddenly, Alice says something has changed. She goes to Jasper and says she's seeing a long room with mirrors and a wooden floor. That room remains in the future but is waiting for another decision that has yet to be made. Currently, James is watching something on a VCR in the dark in another room. All this information means the tracker's plans have changed, and that change will lead to those two rooms. The phone then rings and Alice answers: it's Cullen, confirming that James eluded his group. Edward then speaks to Bella: Edward apologies to her for losing track of the tracker, who seems to have gotten on a plane, probably to Forks. Bella confirms that Esme and Rosalie are watching Charlie, and tells Edward she misses him and loves him. After they hang up, Alice begins to sketch the long room she sees in her mind and Bella recognizes it as a ballet studio, the one where she used to go for dance lessons ten years ago. She's not sure if it's the same room but the one she knows is around the corner from her mother's home.
Bella decides to call her mom at her house, since she's supposed to
be coming home soon from Florida. Her only permanent number is at home,
and she's supposed to check her messages regularly; Alice checks with
Jasper, who sees no harm since the call won't indicate where they are.
Bella makes the call and leaves a message telling Renee to call back at
this number but not to worry. Even as she marvels at the patience of Alice
and Jasper, she falls asleep again.
Pay special attention to how the description of James in the dark room foreshadows
the trick he plays on Bella. The differences in how time is perceived
between humans and vampires is emphasized in several ways this chapter:
the speedy arrival to Phoenix, the patience the vampires show while waiting
for news, and the way Alice describes the importance Bella has for Edward.
This last point is especially interesting, as Edward's love for Bella
takes on dramatic proportions by being literally once-in-a-century and
his potential loss of her being equally long-lived.
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