Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
Contributed by Sung Miele
Chapter 11
Summary

The next morning, Bella gets ready for school and finds Edward outside in his car, waiting to drive her in his Volvo. Bella asks what the other Cullen children are going to school in, and Edward says Rosalie’s car - a red convertible Bella easily spots in the parking lot. Jessica is waiting for Bella to return her jacket from the previous night, and they agree to talk in Trig. When they’re along again, Edward warns Bella that Jessica has many questions, including whether or not she and Edward are secretly dating and what she feels for him. Edward also adds that he’ll be listening in on Jessica’s thoughts as he wants to hear the answers. In English class, Mike asks if Jessica said anything about their dinner date Monday night, and is excited when Bella tells him that Jessica said she had a really good time. In Trigonometry, Jessica does indeed grill Bella about her time with Edward last night, and Bella gives answers knowing that Edward is "listening" in on the conversation. She then turns the tables on Jessica by sharing her earlier talk with Mike about the Monday night date.

During lunch, she joins Edward and for this reason receives stares just like her first day at school. He buys lunch for both of them and Bella asks him to eat food, which he obliges despite clearly not enjoying it. Edward then confesses to being bothered about Bella telling Jessica that she believes she cares more for Edward than he does for her. She explains that he sometimes seems to be trying to say goodbye when he’s saying something else; in his defense, Edward says this shows he cares more for her, as he is trying to do the right thing to keep her safe. Edward then asks if she really needs to go to Seattle on Saturday or would be open to a different destination together. She agrees to this alternate plan as long as they ride in her car, as she doesn’t want Charlie to know she’s involved with Edward. Edward thinks Charlie should know, though, in order to keep Bella safer, but she refuses. They then discuss his hunting trip to Emmett at Goat Rocks, and Edward reveals he prefers mountain lion while Emmett has a taste for grizzly bears, but that they try to preserve the ecosystem regardless of what they hunt. She asks if she can ever see him hunt and he says absolutely not; she asks if it’s too scary and Edward retorts that she needs a healthy dose of fear but there’s more to it than that. At this point, Edward points out they’re late for class and they leave the cafeteria.

Analysis

Bella quickly adapts to Edward’s ability to read other people’s minds, as her conversation with Jessica indicates. In a way, this is simply a supernatural variation of how people talk to each other through intermediaries - for example, how high school students gossip and pass along messages to other people by first telling mutual friends. Edward’s preferred hunting choice of mountain lion reinforces his regal nature in an indirect manner, while his comment on preserving the ecosystem shows that he is a virtuous predator who cares about the environment and his impact on it

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