Reading Twilight: Chapter 23 (The Angel)
July 7th, 2008 at 12:05 am by Kaleb Nation
The song for this chapter is 24 Hours by Athlete
As I sat down to read the chapter before the last in Twilight, a little voice in my head reminded me of an important fact that a lot of you have been asking:
I had totally forgotten that as the ending of Twilight looms, I should actually have a copy of New Moon with me in order to make the due preparations to continue in the series. This was something I had completely overlooked. But rest assured: the moment of panic is over, and I will be blogging about the next book in due time! For now: The Angel.
This chapter, as all surely noticed, was only six pages, though what happens inside of it is truly the climatic point of the novel. In the rush and confusion surrounding Bella it is obvious that somehow, the Cullens have arrived to save her, just in time as she was slipping towards her death. I’m not very clear on what happened to James, but right now, that doesn’t really seem to matter much.
However, I do know that James has bitten Bella. This happened somewhere when Bella was unconscious, and the fiery poison seeping through her veins is already doing it’s work. Also, the strongest part of this chapter: there is only one way to save Bella, and Edward is the only one who can do it.
Seeing the great lengths that Edward has taken for so long to avoid human blood – how hard it has been for him to keep from tasting Bella’s – strikes me when I read that his only choice to save her is to suck the venom out of her hand. Does it drive him insane to taste it, when he has worked so hard to avoid it for so long? Being that close to her must be nearly overpowering him, but somehow he finds the strength to do it.
There is an underlying meaning to this scene that anyone just flipping through would not see if they had not read the whole book, because they would not have seen and felt how long and hard of a struggle it has been for Edward to resist tasting Bella’s blood. He has every power and ability to do so, and give in to his vampire instincts. But he has held himself from it the entire book, fighting the senses that threaten to overpower him.
In this scene, specifically, is perhaps the most powerful example of who Edward is and his sincerity towards caring for Bella. Since meeting her he has had to fight his instincts. Simply sitting next to her at the school was nearly enough to drive him insane. But the fact is that he loves her enough so that he is able to fight his maddening, driving vampire instincts in order to save her; even coming as close as physically tasting her blood.
The power in this scene is that Edward, closer than he has even been to Bella, makes himself stop. It is so powerful that when he finishes, he cannot at first answer Bella:
“Edward,” I tried to say, but I couldn’t hear my voice. They could hear me.
“He’s right here, Bella.”
“Stay, Edward, stay with me…”
“I will.” His voice was strained, but somehow triumphant.
If Edward had been any other vampire, or Bella been any other girl, he would not have been able to stop. It is like putting an open bottle in front of a serious addict: the senses in the mind will nearly overpower reason. But Edward so truly loves Bella, and so truly wants to keep her safe, that he finds within himself the ability to resist, when he is closer than ever before to truly giving in.
I’ll be writing on the final chapter shortly.
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