Twilight
Stephenie Meyer
Contributed by Sung Miele
Chapter 12
Summary

In Biology, Mr. Banner shows a film to the class but Bella can’t concentrate because of her proximity to Edward and desire to touch him. Edward sees Bella to Gym, where they’re playing badminton and Mike volunteers to be her partner. After class, Mike tries to warn Bella about Edward, saying he looks like her like she’s something to eat. Edward meets her after Gym, revealing that he listened in on her talk with Mike. She’s angered by this but he apologizes; she makes him promise not to do it again and Edward does so, adding that she can drive on their Saturday outing. When they reach Charlie’s house, Edward answers her earlier question about watching him hunt: it would be dangerous because when hunting, he gives int to his instincts and may lose control. Saying good bye to Bella, he adds that tomorrow is his turn to ask questions.

The next morning, Charlie is around for breakfast for a change, not having already left for work, and asks if she’s still going to Seattle on Saturday - she lies and says yes - and if she still sure she won’t be back for the dance. Bella again insists she’s not going and when Charlie asks if anyone asked her, she says it was a girl’s choice dance - leaving out that three boys did indeed ask her. After he leaves, Bella gets ready to be picked up by Edward and he’s there when she’s outside. He notes she looks tired and she says she couldn’t sleep, then asks about what he did last night. However, Edward turns it around and says it’s his turn to ask questions and starts plying her with an ongoing series of queries about the details of her preferences and personal history. When asked her favorite gemstone, she says topaz and is embarrassed because it had been garnet until she noticed that his eyes were the color of topaz, then refers to how they will turn to onyx in a couple weeks. Edward is not phased by this observation and continues to ask his own questions. The film continues in Biology class and Bella has the same experience as the day before.

Edward drives her home after school and they continue to talk in his car for hours, until twilight which Edward calls the safest time of day. He notes that Charlie will be home soon and she gets out the car, asking if it’s her turn tomorrow. He says no, as he told her he wasn’t done asking yet. He is then surprised by an arriving car, and leaves before Charlie arrives. The other car pulls up to Charlie’s house and inside are Jacob Black and his father Billy Black. Based on his expression of fear and anxiety, Bella can tell that Billy had seen Edward and does indeed believe in the legends of the cold ones and that Edward is one of them.

Analysis

The tension between predation and romance is emphasized when Edward says that he cannot be near Bella while hunting: if the bloodlust which seizes him during a hunt occurs in her presence, he risks preying on her as well.

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