Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BD Chapter 6. Distractions


You can check out the Twilight Lexicon summary here. I’m just going to jump right into this one and discuss…

  • Edward keeps Bella busy with snorkeling, hiking, swimming, exploring, and sunsets;
         Bella tries to seduce Edward with lingerie, bribes and compromises
  • Bella has nightmares about the Volturi and a vampire child, and wakes up crying
         Bella wants Edward so much she pleads with him, kisses him; they make love; Edward and Bella are both happy in the morning; Bella gets woozy; the Brazilian cleaning people come; the native woman suspects what Edward is and she is frightened for Bella
I cannot agree with all the plot points here. First of all, Bella wasn’t dreaming of a vampire child this time.
“He wasn’t the same boy as that first dream…This boy I’d dreamed of four times in the last week was definitely human; his cheeks were flushed and his wide eyes were a soft green.”
She was still worried about the Volturi coming for him, but not because he was a vampire or an immortal child.

Secondly, she wasn’t dreaming about the little boy when she woke up crying. She wasn’t having a nightmare. She was having a good dream. She was dreaming that she and Edward were together and she cried because she woke up and realized that the dream wasn’t real. In her dream, she had the things that Edward had been denying her.

Thirdly, there is no mention of the headboard or Bella’s decision to remain human for a little while longer and go to Dartmouth. I’ll admit, the headboard isn’t a really a plot point, but come on, right? I also think it’s important to note that she really had everything that she wanted. She was with Edward now and going to be with him forever. Spending a little more time human didn’t matter as much now that she knew she had eternity spread out in front of her.
“Now that I’d discovered exactly how good being human could be, it was tempting to let my plans drift. Eighteen or nineteen, nineteen or twenty…Did it really matter? I wouldn’t change so much in a year.  And being human with Edward…The choice got trickier every day.”
I don’t think I ever really paid attention to the fact that Edward talked about the Libishomen before, a blood-drinking demon who preys exclusively on beautiful women. I knew that the woman had suspicions about what he was and worried about Bella, but I’d forgotten about this particular legend. Plays in well later on in the book, no?

So we end this chapter with everyone getting what they want. Edward is no longer afraid to be intimate with Bella. He’s convinced that he can do so without hurting her now. Bella has decided to remain human for a little longer. This should be setting us up for the happily ever after, right?

Am I the only one thinking that Isle Esme sounds like absolute paradise even without Edward there?

Just one more chapter of Bella’s book left and then we’re on to Jacob. 

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