New Moon – My reading notes and my favourite quotes
March 28, 2009
You might notice that my favourite quotes here are the ones that refer to Bella’s pain on losing Edward. I know those feelings so well. I’ve experienced them. And I’m just wondering if Stephenie Meyer have also experienced those feelings because she described them so well, like it was all taken from her diary or journal.
Pages 1-6. Bella had a dream where she was looking at her Grandma Marie who had been dead for six years. It turned out that she was looking at her own reflection in the mirror. She was old. Then Edward came, but there was no reflection of him. And of course he was still 17. This is when Bella started obsessing about getting older than Edward. One of the reasons why she wanted to become a vampire soon.
Page 8. ’53 Chevy truck. This is Bella’s vehicle that Charlie gave to her as a present when she came to Forks. I think Ms. Meyer has this thing with cars. She’s very specific when describing people’s vehicles in the novels. 🙂
Page 7. Silver Volvo. Edward’s car.
Page 13. Bella had never much money but it never bothered her. Her mother was a kindergarten teacher and Charlie was the police chief at Forks. Edward had a lot of money but she didn’t like him spending money on her.
Page 17. “You know, I’ve never had much patience with Romeo.” (See my post: Romeo and his fair Juliet, and Paris, too)
Page 18. Edward told Bella that he thought of killing himself when he thought that James would kill her last spring. He told her about the Volturi.
Pages 28-29. At Bella’s birthday party at the Cullens’ house, she cut her finger from the wrapping paper while opening Alice’s present. As soon as a single drop of her blood oozed, Jasper tried to attack her. But Edward was quick and threw himself at her, but then the table also fell and she landed in a mass of shattered crystal.
Page 33. “Well, that’s everyone,” I sighed. “I can clear a room, at least.”
“It’s not your fault. It could happen to anyone.”
“Could, but it usually just happens to me.” (This is when Carlisle was treating Bella’s wound and one by one, the Cullens left the room because of the smell of her blood.)
Pages 34-35. Carlisle chose to be a doctor to save lives, Bella thought, to make up for something that was never his fault (being a vampire). Years and years of practice make Carlisle stand the smell of blood.
Page 37. “Edward’s with me up to a point. God and heaven exist … and so does hell. But he doesn’t believe there is an after life for our kind.” Carlisle’s voice was very soft … “You see, he thinks we’ve lost our souls.”
Page 38. Elizabeth Masen – Edward’s mother. Edward Senior – his father. Green – color of Edward’s eyes when he was still human.
Page 65. When Bella took Edward’s picture, she was wondering if his image would show up in the picture. When she had the pictures developed, she was expecting the first print to be blank, but Edward was there in the picture, looking just as beautiful as he did in real life.
Pages 69-70. This is when Edward was breaking up with Bella. “I’m no good for you, Bella.”
“You … don’t … wan’t me?”
“I’m … tired of pretending to be something I’m not, Bella. I am not human.”
“You’re not good for me, Bella.” He turned his earlier words around, and so I had no argument. How well I knew that I wasn’t good enough for him.” (Later on in the novel, Edward revealed to Bella that he only said those words so she would let him go.)
Page 71. “I promise that this will be the last time you’ll see me. I won’t come back. . . . It will be as if I’d never existed.”
“Don’t worry. You’re human — your memory is no more than a sieve. Time heals all wounds for your kind.”
“And your memories?” I asked. It sounded like there was something stuck in my throat, like I was choking.
“Well” — he hesitated for a short second — “I won’t forget. But my kind … we’re very easily distracted.” He smiled; the smile was tranquil and it did not touch his eyes.
“She (Alice) wanted to say goodbye, but I convinced her that a clean break would be better for you.”
Bella remembered what the doctor told her about her broken leg last spring:
“You can see it’s a clean break,” his finger traced along the picture of my severed bone. “That’s good. It will heal more easily, more quickly.”
Page 74. Not tonight. Tonight the sky was utterly black. Perhaps there was no moon tonight — a lunar eclipse, a new moon. (New moon is the darkest phase of the lunar cycle. And the title New Moon refers to Bella’s darkest days.)
Page 82. I shook my head, recoiling. The sound of his name unleashed the thing that was clawing inside of me — a pain that knocked me breathless, astonished me with it’s force.
Page 84. September 13th – Bella’s birthday.
I felt the smooth wooden floor beneath my knees, and then the palms of my hands, and then it pressed against the skin of my cheek… (I think it is under this floor where Edward hid Bella’s birthday pictures, as he had told her later on that he didn’t take them, he just hid them under the floorboards.)
Page 93. Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes evenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.
Page 97. “I don’t think I can live through seeing you try harder. I’ve never seen anyone trying so hard. It hurts to watch.” (Charlie to Bella)
Page 98. The downside was that I had free time on my hands, and I tried to avoid free time at all costs. (I also try to avoid free time when I feel depressed.)
I knew Mr. Varner felt my improvement was all due to his superior teaching methods. And if that made him happy, I wasn’t going to burst his bubble. 🙂
Page 111. First time Bella heard Edward’s voice in her head. At Port Angeles, when she saw the four men in the bar (One-Eyed Pete’s). It was a deja vu of what happened last spring.
Page 117. Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.
Page 118. It was a crippling thing, this sensation that a huge hole had been punched through my chest, excising my most vital organs and leaving ragged, unhealed gashes around the edges that continued to throb and bleed despite the passage of time … (worth reading the entire paragraph in the book.)
Page 127. The Markses – the previous owners of the two motorcycles.
Page 133. 1986 Rabbit Volkswagen – Jacob’s car
Page 139. Jacob’s friends:
Embry Call – slender and tall, chin length hair parted in the middle.
Quil Ateara – shorter, more burly, buzz hair cut.
Page 145. Jacob was simply a perpetually happy person, and he carried that happiness with him like an aura, sharing it with whoever was near him. Like an earthbound sun, whenever someone was within his gravitational pull, Jacob warmed them… (In Eclipse, Bella told Jacob that he was her personal sun. page 600)
Page 153. figure of speech – cold shoulder.
Page 157. Dead End – the title of the movie Bella and Jessica watched in Port Angeles, the one with the zombies.
Page 158. January 19th – Bella’s first day at Forks High School.
Page 162. I wanted to see Jacob. Maybe I was developing a new kind of sickness, another addiction, like the numbness before.
Page 173. Sam Uley – leader of “The La Push Gang” (the protectors)
Page 176. Ephraim Black – Jacob’s great-grandpa, last chief of the council in the Reservation.
Page 177. Embry changed into a werewolf.
Pages 178-179. Bella hugged Jacob when he was so upset by how Sam’s treating him and also his father’s reaction to this.
We stood like that for a moment and it didn’t upset me; in fact, I felt comforted by the contact. This didn’t feel anything like the last time someone had embraced me this way. This was friendship. And Jacob was very warm.
Page 179. It was strange for me, being this close — emotionally rather than physically, though the physical was strange for me, too — to another human being. It wasn’t my usual style. I didn’t normally relate to people so easily, on such a basic level. Not human beings. (Bella has mentioned this in Twilight, not relating to people well. And there’s a part of Jacob that’s not human.)
Page 184. Bella heard Edward’s voice in her head again when she tried to learn to ride the motorcycle.
Pages 187-188. I was thrilled. This had to be it, the recipe for hallucination — adrenaline plus danger plus stupidity. Something close to that, anyway.
Page 192. “Nothing. I just hadn’t realized before. Did you know, you’re sort of beautiful?” … I worried that he might take my impulsive observation the wrong way. But Jacob just rolled his eyes. “You hit your head pretty hard, didn’t you?”
Page 193. The hole came back, the way it always did when I was away from Jacob, but it didn’t throb so badly around the edges.
Page 195. One place that would always belong to him and no one else. A magic place, full of light. the beautiful meadow I’d seen only once in my life, lit by sunshine and the sparkle of his skin.
Page 200. “Bears don’t want to eat people. We don’t taste that good.” He grinned at me in the dark cab. “Of course, you might be an exception. I bet you’d taste good.”
“Thanks so much,” I said, looking away. He wasn’t the first person to tell me that. Edward was the first one.
Page 201. I was like a lost moon — my planet destroyed in some cataclysmic, disaster-movie scenario of desolation — that continued, never the less, to circle in a tight little orbit around the empty space left behind, ignoring the laws of gravity.
Page 204. Crosshairs – the movie Bella, Jacob and Mike watched.
Page 206. “Some people are hard to discourage.”
“Then again,” Jacob said thoughtfully, “sometimes persistence pays off.”
“Most of the time it’s annoying, though.”
Page 210. Jacob was in the habit of taking my hand whenever the opportunity presented itself, but here in the darkened movie theater, with Mike watching, it would have a different significance — and I was sure he knew that. I couldn’t believe that Mike was thinking the same thing, but his hand was placed exactly like Jacob’s.
Page 213. Funny how he seemed to know not to say the name — just like before in the car with the music. He picked up on so much about me that I never said.
Page 214. “The problem,” I said, “is that it means something different to me than it does to you.”
“Well,” he tightened his hand around mine. “That’s my problem, isn’t it?”
Page 216. It was so wrong to encourage Jacob. Pure selfishness…
Page 218. The smile broke across his face the way the sunrise set the clouds on fire, and I wanted to cut my tongue out. I hadn’t said one word that was a lie, but I should have lied. The truth was wrong, it would hurt him. I would let him down.
Page 219. Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew — knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. Knew it deep in my empty chest — was how love gave someone the power to break you.
Page 212. “Now, just hold on a minute, Bella,” he said in a calm voice. “Tell me something.” …
“You like me right?”
“You know I do.”
“But that’s all … That’s okay, you know. As long as you like me the best. And you think I’m good looking — sort of. 🙂 I’m prepared to be annoyingly persistent.”
Pages 237-238. Bella heard Edward’s voice again in the meadow when she encountered the vampire Laurent.
Page 240. Laurent told Bella that Victoria was after her. Victoria wanted to kill Bella because James was her mate, and Edward killed him. Mate for mate.
Page 243. Five wolves came in the meadow and ran after Laurent.
Page 244. The five wolves: gigantic black (Sam), deep gray (Paul), a brown one, rusty brown, reddish brown (Jacob).
Page 253. Now, more than ever, I yearned for his carefree laugh and his infectious grin. I needed the safe sanity of his homemade garage and his warm hand around my cold fingers.
Page 262. Jacob had changed radically in the last weeks since I’d seen him. The first thing I noticed was his hair — his beautiful hair was all gone, cropped quite short, covering his head with an inky gloss like black satin. (In Eclipse, Jacob told Bella that he let his hair grow because he noticed that she liked it longer.)
Page 263. I wanted to take a swing at him (Sam). No, I wanted to do more than that. More than anything, I wanted to be fierce and deadly, someone no one would dare mess with. Someone who would scare Sam Uley silly. I wanted to be a vampire.
Page 267. “The Cullens,” …. “I saw that — I can see in your eyes what it does to you when I say their name.”
Page 273. I’d thought Jake had been healing the hole in me — or at least plugging it up, keeping it from hurting me so much. I’d been wrong. He’d just been carving out his own hole, so that I was now riddled through like Swiss cheese. I wondered why I didn’t crumble into pieces. (I like that analogy. 🙂 So Bella must be already in love with Jacob here. She just didn’t want to admit it to herself.)
Page 283. “Sometimes, loyalty gets in the way of what you want to do. Sometimes, it’s not your secret to tell.”
“The part that kills me,” he said abruptly, “is that you already know. I already told you everything!” (This is about Jacob being a werewolf.)
Page 284. “I can’t tell you, but if you guessed it! That would let me right off the hook!” (Like the vampires, werewolves aren’t allowed to reveal their secret.)
Page 286. “Did you honestly not know?” he asked me, his voice turning husky. “Was I the one who told you what he was?”
I didn’t like that — didn’t like the way his eyes closed as if he were in pain when he spoke of being bound. More than dislike — I realized I hated it, hated anything that caused him pain. Hated it fiercely.
Pages 290-293. Bella had the same dream in Twilight when Edward became a vampire and Jacob a werewolf. But Edward wasn’t in this dream. This is when she realized that Jacob is a werewolf and she remembered that story Jacob told her about how the wolves are the Quiluetes’ ancestors.
Page 294. But Jacob, my friend? Jacob, the only human I’d ever been able to relate to … And he wasn’t even human.
Page 298. But it couldn’t be worse than what the Cullens endured in their quest to be good. I thought of Esme — the tears started when I pictured her kind, lovely face — and how, as motherly and loving as she was, she’d had to hold her nose, all ashamed, and run from me when I was bleeding…
Page 303. First Beach – where Jacob and Bella first met.
Page 304. I still couldn’t turn a blind eye to what was happening, like Billy seemed to, but I couldn’t condemn Jacob for it either. Love didn’t work that way, I decided. Once you cared about a person, it was impossible to be logical about them anymore. Jacob was my friend whether he killed people or not. And I didn’t know what I was going to do about that.
Page 308. “Sorry I called you a hypocrite,” he apologized.
“Sorry I called you a murderer.”
Page 312. “What would happen … if you got too mad?” I whispered.
“I’d turn into a wolf,” he whispered back.
“You don’t need a full moon?” (No, it was just a myth.)
Page 325. Bella saw Paul (gray) and then Jacob (russet brown) turn into wolves.
Page 331. Bella met Emily, Sam’s girlfriend and whose right side of her face is scarred. Sam accidentally hit her when he changed into a werewolf.
Page 333. I felt embarrassed, intrusive, as I watched him cross the room in one stride and take her face in his wide hands. He leaned down and kissed the dark scars on her right cheek before he kissed her lips … This was worse than a romantic movie; this was so real that it sang out loud with joy and life and true love. I put my muffin down and folded my arms across my empty chest.
Page 340. But what if he (Edward) had been (a killer) ? … Would that have kept me away from him? … I shook my head sadly. Love is irrational. I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.
Page 343. Mike’s eyes narrowed shrewdly. “Don’t kid yourself, Bella. The guy’s head over heels for you.”
“I know,” I sighed. “Life is complicated.”
“And girls are cruel,” Mike said under his breath.
Page 344. “Is that one of those wolf things?” I asked him. “The heat, I mean.”
“Yeah. We run a little warmer than the normal people. About 108, 109…”
“And you all heal fast — that’s a wolf thing, too?”
“Yeah, wanna see? It’s pretty cool.” . . .
” … And being so big — that’s part of it?” . . .
Page 345. Jacob told Bella what triggered his turning into a wolf.
Page 346. It’s easier for Jacob to phase back and forth because Ephraim Black was his father’s grandfather and (the original) Quil Ateara was his mother’s grandfather. Quil is Jacob’s second cousin.
Speed – according to Jacob is the best part of being a wolf.
Page 347. Bella explained to Jacob why Edward killed James and why she had the funny scar on her hand.
Page 349. “Why do you do that?” he asked. He tugged lightly at one of my arms, which was bound around my chest, and then gave up when it wouldn’t come loose easily…
“It hurts to think about them,” I whispered. “It’s like I can’t breathe … like I’m breaking into pieces … ” It was bizarre how much I could tell Jacob now. We had no more secrets.
“We’re a pretty messed-up pair, aren’t we?” Jacob said. “Neither one of us can hold our shape together right.”
“Pathetic,” I agreed, still breathless.
“At least we have each other,” he said, clearly comforted by the thought.
Page 358. Bella heard Edward’s voice when she stood on the edge of the cliff.
Page 366. As I stared wearily, a spark of color caught my unfocused eye — a small flash of fire was dancing on the black water, far out in the bay. (Victoria’s red hair)
Page 367. Harry Clearwater had a heart attack.
Pages 369-371. Bella compared Edward, Jacob and herself to Romeo, Paris and Juliet. See my post: Romeo and his fair Juliet and Paris, too.
Page 371. Bella realized what a stupid thing she did jumping off the cliff.
Page 373. Bad news about Harry Clearwater. He didn’t survive the heart attack.
Page 376. Jake pressed his warm cheek against the top of my hair. If I turned my face to the side — if I pressed my lips against his bare shoulder … I knew without any doubt exactly what would follow. (But she heard Edward’s voice and she froze and Jacob released her.)
Page 377. First time we learned that Jacob could smell vampires. It was Alice.
Page 378. Mercedes S55 AMG – Carlisle’s car.
Pages 396-399. Charlie explained to Alice how bad it had been for Bella when Edward left.
Page 400. Alice’s real name was Mary Alice Brandon. She had a little sister named Cynthia. She had no memory of her human life.
Page 409. “Yeah, I’ll always be your friend,” he said gruffly. “No matter what you love.”
Vampires don’t like the smell of werewolves and werewolves don’t like the smell of vampires.
Pages 410-412. Jacob was holding Bella’s face and brushing his fingertips along her cheek. It looked like he was going to kiss her but the phone rang. Jacob answered it and he thought that it was Carlisle looking for Charlie. But it was actually Edward. When Jacob said, “He’s at the funeral,” Edward thought it was Bella’s funeral.
Page 411. True love was forever lost. The prince was never coming back to kiss me awake from my enchanted sleep. I was not a princess after all. So what was the fairy-tale protocol for other kisses? … Keeping his eyes on mine, Jacob began to bend his face toward me. And I was still absolutely undecided. (This could have been their first kiss. It would have been a lot more romantic than their actual first kiss when Bella punched him. – In Eclipse)
Page 420. Dad, I’m with Alice. Edward’s in trouble. You can ground me when I get back. I know it’s a bad time. So sorry. Love you so much. Bella.
Page 421. The sense of deja vu was nearly stifling by this point. At least, unlike the last time — when I’d run away from Forks to escape thirsty vampires rather than to find them — I wouldn’t have to say goodbye to Charlie in person. (There’s a few references to deja vu in this novel.)
Page 428. Carlisle speculates that abstaining makes it easier for us to be civilized, to form bonds based on love rather than survival or convenience.
Page 429. The Volturi – Aro, Caius and Marcus plus two females and their guards. Aro and Marcus are talented like Edward and Alice. The Volturi is royalty, the ruling class, they punish the transgressors.
Page 430. There’s only one rule — the core restriction — keep vampires’ existence a secret.
Edward was planning to flout his existence in Volterra — a suicide attempt.
Page 436. Alice saw Bella become one of them, before they even met.
Page 437. Maybe, when I was beautiful and strong, he wouldn’t want distractions. She means when she becomes a vampire.
Page 439. A bright yellow Porsche with the word TURBO scrawled in silver cursive across its back. Interior was black leather and windows were tinted dark. This was the car Alice stole so she and Bella could drive through Volterra to save Edward.
Page 440. It was the 19th. It was Saint Marcus Day. Marcus of the Volturi drove all the vampires from Volterra 1500 years ago.
Page 444. Palazzo dei Priori – the clock tower. Edward was under the clock tower before he tried to expose himself to the crowd.
Page 448. I wasn’t going to make it. I was stupid and slow and human, and we were all going to die because of it. (So typical of Bella to be blaming herself.)
Page 452. It was very strange, for I knew we were both in mortal danger. Still, in that instant, I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin. It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect — not healed, but as if there had been no wound in the first place…
“Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty,” he murmured, and I recognized the line spoken by Romeo in the tomb.
Page 453. Felix – very big, tall and thick through the shoulders, like Emmett.
Page 455. Demetri and Felix both straightened up … Felix’s face soured. Apparently, they didn’t like even numbers. (In Breaking Dawn, Edward mentioned that the Volturi were always used to being at an advantage.)
Page 456. Jane – as tiny as Alice, with lank, pale brown hair trimmed short, dark body, almost black, slim and adrogynous.
Page 459. Edward held me tightly. He reached his free hand across his body to hold my face, too, his smooth thumb tracing across my lips. Now and then, I felt his face press into my hair. I realized that this was the only reunion we would get, and I clutched myself closer to him.
For now, it felt like he wanted me, and that was enough to offset the horror of the subterranean tunnel and the prowling vampires behind us. It was probably no more than guilt — the same guilt that compelled him to come here to die when he’d believed that it was his fault that I’d killed myself. But I felt his lips press silently against my forehead, and I didn’t care what the motivation was. At least I could be with him again before I died. That was better than a long life.
Page 463. Felix and Demetri – both of slightly olive complexion, with chalky pallor.
Felix – hair was cropped short.
Demetri – hair waved to his shoulders.
Their irises were deep crimson around the edges, darkening until they were black around the pupil. (Red irises mean that they have been drinking human blood.)
Page 464. Gianna – tall, dark skin and green eyes, the receptionist.
Alec – pale boy, darker hair, could be Jane’s twin.
Page 467. Aro – long jet black hair, moved with surreal grace, skin translucently white, like onion skin, eyes were red but the color was clouded, milky. He shared Edward’s talent, but in a limited way.
Page 469. Aro needs physical contact to hear your thoughts, but he hears much more. Edward only hears what’s passing through your head in the moment, but Aro hears every thought your mind has ever had.
Marcus sees relationships.
Marcus – also had dark flowing hair.
Caius – snow-white hair.
Page 471. La tua cantante – what a waste, said Aro.
I look at it more as a price, Edward answered.
Page 474. Jane inflicted pain on Edward without even touching him.
Aro was curious. Since Bella was immune to his power, if she was also immune to the other talents and he thought Jane would try her powers on her, but Edward threw himself in the way.
Page 478. Caius: She knows too much. You have exposed our secrets … But when they are no longer useful to us, they will serve to sustain us. That is not your plan for this one. If she betrays our secrets, are you prepared to destroy her? . . . Nor do you intend to make her one of us. Therefore, she is a vulnerability.
Aro: Unless you do intend to give her immortality.
Edward: And if I do?
Aro: Why then, you would be free to go home and give my regards to my friend Carlisle. But I’m afraid you would have to mean it.
Page 479. Was it really such a loathsome idea? Would he rather die than change me? I felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach . . .
Then Alice let Aro see her visions. Looked like Bella was gonna become one of them and so Aro let them go.
Page 483. Heidi – exceptional beauty, long legs, long lustrous mahogany hair, eyes had the strangest shade of violet, blue contacts over red irises?
Page 486. It was only then that I realize I was shaking, shaking hard, my entire frame vibrating until my teeth chattered and the room around me seemed to wobble and blur in my eyes. For one wild second, I wondered if this was how Jacob felt just before exploding into a werewolf.
Page 490. La tua cantante. They call her my singer — because her blood sings for me.
Page 493. She sighed. “I may have to acquire one of those legally. It was fabulous.”
“I’ll get you one for Christmas,” Edward promised.
“Yellow,” she told him. (They were talking about the Porshe. And Edward did give Alice one in Eclipse.)
Page 497. “Bella?” Rosalie asked, hesitant.
My eyelids fluttered open in shock. It was the first time she’d ever spoken directly to me. (Bella and Rosalie have a very interesting relationship. Rose didn’t like Bella at first, but in the end, it was Rosalie whom Bella was able to count on in Breaking Dawn.)
Page 503. “…You should probably know that I’m breaking the rules right now. Well, not technically, since he said I was never to walk through his door again, and I came in the window … But, still, the intent was clear.” (Charlie banned Edward from his house.)
Page 507. “You can’t let this … this guilt … rule your life. You can’t take responsibility for the things that happen to me…”
Bella’s real name is Isabella Marie Swan.
Pages 508-509. Edward explained to Bella that he went to the Volturi because he thought that she was dead and he couldn’t live in a world where she didn’t exist. When he left her in the forest, he lied to her that he didn’t love her anymore so that she would let him go. And he hoped that she would move on.
Page 508. “The odds are always stacked against us. Mistake after mistake I’ll never criticize Romeo again.”
Page 512. This kiss was not quite as careful as others. I remembered, which suited me just fine. If I was going to rip myself up further, I might as well get as much in trade as possible.
Page 514. “Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars — points of light and reason … And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.”
I wanted to believe him. But this was my life without him that he was describing, not the other way around.
Page 515. Edward told Bella that he was tracking Victoria.
Page 518. “I will never leave you again.”
“But you said thirty . . . What? You’re going to stay, but let me get all old anyway? Right?”
“That’s exactly what I’m going to do. What choice have I? I cannot be without you, but I will not destroy your soul.”
Page 525. Edward told Bella that he didn’t really take her stuff … The CD, the pictures, the tickets … were all under her floorboards. See page 84.
Page 527. Bella’s epiphany about hearing Edward’s voice. It wasn’t insanity or wish fulfillment. It was because Edward loved her.
…My heart inflated like it was going to crack right through my ribs. It filled my chest and blocked my throat so that I could not speak.
He really did want me the way I wanted him — forever. It was only fear for my soul, for the human things he didn’t want to take from me, that made him so desperate to leave me mortal. Compared to the fear that he didn’t want me, this hurdle — my soul — seemed almost insignificant.
Page 530. Bella called a Cullen family meeting to vote on her mortality. Since Alice promised the Volturi that she would become one of them, they would be sending someone to check. And so now it involved all the Cullens. They would all be in danger if Bella didn’t become a vampire. But if they don’t want her to become one of them, she would not force herself on them.
Alice – yes.
Jasper – yes.
Rosalie – No. I don’t mean that I have any aversion to you as a sister. It’s just that … this is not the life I would have chosen for myself. I wish there had been someone there to vote no for me.
Emmett- Hell, yes!
Esme – Yes, of course, Bella. I already think of you as part of my family.
Carlisle – He turned to Edward first, who said no. “It’s the only way that makes sense. You’ve chosen not to live without her, and that doesn’t leave me a choice. I guess you know my vote.”
Page 537. They decided that Carlisle would be the one to change Bella, after graduation.
Page 539. Edward and Bella made a compromise. Edward would be the one to change Bella if she’d marry him first, in two years, before she turns 20. If Edward was staying in his teens forever, so was she.
“You’re wounding my ego, Bella. I just proposed to you and you think it’s a joke.”
“Oh, c’mon. I’m only 18.”
“Well, I’m nearly a hundred and ten. It’s time I settled down.”
“Look, marriage isn’t exactly that high on my list of priorities, you know? It was sort of the kiss of death for Renee and Charlie.”
“Interesting choice of words.”
Page 552. Abruptly, I remembered what happened to Paris when Romeo came back. The stage directions were simple. They fight. Paris falls.
Page 556. Jacob brought the red bike to Charlie’s house so Bella would get grounded and not be allowed to spend time with Edward. Jacob thought that Edward’s the reason why she had not visited him in La Push, but it was actually because she’s already grounded.
Page 557. Edward thanked Jacob for keeping Bella alive while he was gone. Jacob assured him that he didn’t do it for his benefit.
Page 558. Jacob came as a spokeperson for the pack, to remind the Cullens about a few key points in the treaty they agreed to. The treaty is quite specific. If any of them bite a human, the truce is over. ‘Bite,’ not kill. This is because Bella wants to be a member of the Cullen family, and if the Cullens do change her, it’s in violation of the treaty.