Saturday, October 22, 2011

BD Chapter 9. Sure as Hell Didn't See That One Coming

This is easily and without a doubt one of my favorite chapters in the entire series. It's right up there with the meadow scene. This is the first time we see Edward though the eyes of someone other than Bella. And the Edward we see here, the burning man, that's just beyond words. 

Key Plot Points from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
  • Jacob decides to kill Edward on his own
    Carlisle meets Jacob at the door, and Bella calls to Jacob from inside; Jacob sees Edward, who looks like he's in agony, half-crazed; Bella is still human but looks sick and haggard -- she is pregnant
  • Edward takes Jacob outside to talk
    Edward looks like a man being burned at the stake; he knows it's all his fault; he had no idea this could happen; Rosalie is protecting Bella; Edward asks Jacob to talk to Bella, to tell her she can have a baby with him; Jacob knows Bella will reject him; Edward promises Jacob that the moment Bella's heart stops beating, he will be Jacob to kill him; Jacob tells him they have a deal 
 Jacob thinks he has his plan all worked out, he's going to take out Edward and any of the other Cullens that stand in his way or happen to try to avenge Edward. But Bella being human throws him off. Then he realizes what is happening to her, and he's more than ready to proceed with his plan. It was Jacob's thought, "I always knew he would kill her," that drove Edward to react.
Jacob gains a new understanding for Edward, if not respect. He sees the amount of pain that he is in and realizes that he isn't even capable of wrapping his head around that type of agony. Edward is begging for his help, willing to make whatever deal he has to in order to keep Bella alive, even if that means letting her have "puppies" with Jacob. For once, he and Jacob can agree on something. They both see the baby that she is carrying as a life-sucking monster and they want it out of her before it can hurt her further.

They reach a deal. If Jacob isn't able to convince Bella to end this in order to save herself, Edward wants Jacob to end things for him.
The moment Bella's heart stops beating, I will be begging for you to kill me.
Was this chapter at all what you were expecting here? It fills in the gaps as to what has been happening with the Cullens since Edward and Bella left Isle Esme. It presents Edward more broken than we've seen him since he thought Bella was dead in New Moon. Edward understands Rosalie's motivation here and it infuriates him. She's not worried about Bella, she's all about protecting this baby because she could never have a child of her own.

This is the first time since the tent scene that there has been this kind of in-depth conversation between Jacob and Edward. They've formed an uncomfortable alliance, even if one of the possible outcomes is Jacob taking Edward's life for him.

Really, really want to hear your thoughts on this one. I know you're reading these discussion posts, please share what's on your mind!

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