New Fan Picture of Rob in LA - November 22nd
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Amber: I find it hilarious that the first line of this chapter is "I was having a bad week."Bella is still in that horrid place of waiting for something bad to happen. It's a lot of waiting, with big things hovering on the horizon. Victoria is still on the loose, and her change to vampire life is mere weeks away. She does try to convince the Cullens to change her sooner, in an effort to provide some help, but they are not concerned over the seven of them being able to handle Victoria.
Kerry: Bella is stressed out.
Sabrina: How very appropriate!
Sabrina: It's so odd to me that the Cullens think it's silly that she's scared.A minor scene in the chapter, but a great metaphor for the story. I want to take time to talk about the magnets.
Kerry: they've lost the perspective of being a human in this situation.. Sabrina: Maybe they've been practically invincible so long that they've forgotten what it feels like to be vulnerable
Kerry: they' thinking there's 7 of them and 1 Victoria, as long as they keep Bella away, it'll be fine
Amber: and I think they're just so confident that they can protect her, the fact that she lacks that same confidence confuses them.
Sabrina: What a lovely visual allusion to Edward and Jacob.The Cullens, with the exception of Alice, leave the following weekend to hunt. When Bella finds herself with some unexpected free time, she seizes the opportunity to go visit Jacob, figuring a split decision would allow her to cross the boundary before Alice could reach her.
Kerry: Definitely, it was a good metaphor for reconciling Edward and Jacob in her life
Amber: and I love that they're her favorites, the big strong ones
Amber: "The last two magnets - round black utilitarian pieces that were my favorites because they could hold ten sheets of paper to the fridge without breaking a sweat."
Amber: Okay, so we get the note from Edward in this chapter, one of the famous quotesSo, Bella goes to La Push. We get to see the true friendship between Bella and Jacob here. Despite the weeks of avoidance and disagreement, they are genuinely happy to see each other, and easily slip into a friendly conversation. Inevitably though, the conversation needs to turn to the issues at hand. Bella explains her reconciliation with Edward, and Jacob tells the story of the events that happened while Bella was in Florida.
Sabrina: Yeah, I have to admit that's pretty sweet.
Amber: Such a romantic!
Sabrina: And, actually very practical. He worries for her when he's gone. He thinks it might help. I like it.
Kerry: it's some of that old-fashioned romance too...how often do people write simple love notes anymore?
Amber: very true, and Edward is definitely an old-fashioned romantic
Sabrina: True. Now it's love Facebook statuses instead :)
Kerry: so Bella and Jake hash out some of their feelings on their separationWait a minute, which one of us is Team Jacob, here? No really, I've said before that my favorite thing about these books is the humanity of all the characters. They all have their quirks and strengths and weaknesses, and we all can see them.
Sabrina: It got pretty ugly occasionally, but she did set him straight on a couple of key points.
Kerry: I like the conversation about why Edward left, that even Jacob couldn't fault him for that
Sabrina: And as Jacob understands more, so do I.
Amber: He can't fault Edward for leaving when it was all about protecting Bella
Sabrina: Funny in a way, irritating in a way. Insulting her decisions is probably not the best way to get her to change her mind.
Kerry: I don't think Jacob knows any other way though, and he's trying to rationalize it to himself. and it's easier to think it's the looks or the money, than to accept that she just really loves Edward
Amber: I don't think he's doing it to insult her, just to draw some comparison. "What does he have that I don't?'
Sabrina: Open mouth, insert paw.
Sabrina: He was just really tactless in going about it.
Kerry: Well, that's Jacob. Jacob has never been very tactful
Sabrina: I suppose he understood that he is home to Bella, and he doesn't understand how anything can compare.
Sabrina: I find it so interesting that Jacob sees his condition as natural.Jacob and Bella's conversation will continue in the next chapter, so we'll return to it next week. Share with us your feelings on the reunion and the symbolism of the "Nature" reference.
Amber: I think he defines it as natural because it's born in him
Kerry: and he wouldn't have changed if the vampires hadn't been around
Sabrina: Bella's remark about being stuck with Mike was hilarious. Poor Mike!
Kerry: but really...I think it's why Edward gets so annoyed with Mike. Mike isn't a bad guy
Kerry: He's just....normal
Amber: I think it's interesting here to that Jake makes a distinction between normal and natural. He tells her he never claimed to be normal
Amber: and as he points out, that doesn't apply to Bella either
Amber: when he tells her at the end that he feels human, I just break.
Sabrina: Can I just say that I'm very disappointed at the lack of Charlie in this chapter?