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Reading New Moon: Chapter 20 (Volterra)

September 25th, 2008 at 12:05 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for this chapter is Far Away by Nickelback

When I picked up New Moon to read the next chapter, I got an AIM message that went something like this:

-AIM window flashes-

Me: I’m reading New Moon. Shoo.

Rachul: Are you reading THE chapter?

Me: I dunno. Is Chapter 20 THE chapter?

Rachul: Um, yeah. Big chapter. Edward comes back.

Me: AGHALGRLGLAOGLA YOUBLOODYROTTENSPOILER!

I finally calmed myself, but began to turn the pages a little faster as a result of her injudicious choice of words. Bella and Alice begin to enter the city of Volterra: this place I have heard so much about and finally get to see. I’m imagining it being very old, especially with the cobblestone streets, the darkly colored buildings and the popularity of going about by foot, brought about by a place that was built at a time when there were no cars. The guards at the gate are of hardly any use, given the fact that the Cullens have endless supplies of centuries-saved cash:

While reading this chapter, I was distracted when I remembered watching a certain video of Stephenie on Youtube, months and months before I even dreamed of reading Twilight. I remembered her going through this old city, and saying that it had something to do with her books (long time readers of me know I was a Stephenie fan long before I read anything by her, and dug through Youtube for videos of her all the time). Suddenly, I put the two together, and realized that Stephenie had been showing Volterra in the video. A quick Youtube search uncovered the very clip I had seen so long ago:



As Bella is pushing her way through Volterra, trying to find Edward, I’m picturing her in the setting that is in this video, trying to get through the crowds that just keep knocking her out of the way.

After all these months of Edward being gone, there is a strange feeling the moment he appears: for some reason, it seems so natural, like he hasn’t actually been gone for all this time, but instead has simply been invisible to Bella alone. I say this because when he sees her, there is hardly any surprise; though what happens is revelatory in what I have been predicting since Edward left, many many months ago.

Because when Bella actually sees Edward, there is hardly any reaction more than a scream, and that is more from her wanting to save his life. But in the instant that Bella touches against him, she immediately knows he is no longer just a figment of her imagination. After all the hallucinations of his voice and the visions of him in her dreams, Edward is real and there before her. As Bella puts it:

[...] in that instant, I felt well. Whole.

Since chapter 3, in September, Edward has been gone. He took with him a piece of Bella: the missing piece of her soul that has been calling her and torturing her to find again. The moment they are together, it is as if Bella is made whole.

Both Bella and Edward hold pieces of each other that can never be returned, nor cut off, nor broken free. It is because of this when they are apart, there is an almost constant pain within Bella to be with Edward again. The separation of the two pieces is what has been causing her so much pain.

In the same way, if Bella was dead, then she had taken with her a piece of Edward as well, a piece so strongly connected to him that he could never cut it from his soul. Edward is a vampire– he would go on living forever, suffering through each day with a piece of himself gone. And thus if Bella is dead, then enough of Edward is dead as well, so that he might end the remaining piece of himself to be with her again, and make himself whole once more.

Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no powers upon they beauty.

If Bella is dead, then Edward feels he must die also — and this time, have no barriers between them for eternity.

But as with Bella, the moment that Edward sees her, it is as if he is whole again: expecting that his death had been so swift, he had hardly noticed, and that Bella is by his side just as he had been wishing. But suddenly Bella tells him the truth, and just like in the video of Stephenie at Volterra, the moment Edward realizes what is actually happening, he immediately changes into defensive mode. In one swift motion, he swings Bella behind him, and crouches ready to defend her from the approaching Volturi.

It was at that moment I fully realized, yes, Edward Cullen is back in town. And he’s not letting anyone come near Bella.

As many of you know I am a little claustrophobic (my worst nightmare was the scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas, when His Grinchiness squeezes through the chimney and gets stuck…. I still shudder). Thus when Bella plunges down into the darkened depths and then weaves through the cave-like halls, I can’t help but feel a little boxed-in on her behalf. But when they step through the metal grate, and hear it clang shut behind them, it is almost like they have been locked inside an underground prison.

A synonym for ‘underground prison’ is ‘dungeon’. I suppose that Bella’s wave of fear has a solid foundation, as they go to face the Volturi.

——NOTES——

- Today is the last day to submit videos to the Support Stephenie Meyer Youtube project. I will be compiling all the clips and some of the text comments into a video soon, and will post it here when it is ready!

- ADDED: Bailey (Nomoremarbles) and I will be doing another live BlogTV broadcast SATURDAY at 10PM CST (8PM PST / 11PM EST) on her channel! THERE IS A WAITING ROOM WHEN WE PASS 150 VIEWERS. People who arrive early get first in the main room with us, and we have no control over who is rotated in and who is not. Questions to us should be sent BEFORE THE SHOW to baileyandkaleb@gmail.com .


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  1. v*ron

    I’m so thrilled you’re almost done with New Moon. The good chapters are ahead so you must keep reading. I honestly don’t know how you stop yourself from reading. I couldn’t put the books down for one second. You rock!

  2. Rhiann

    Wow! You’re so deep and explain things so intricately and perfect! I wish more guys were like u :)

  3. Rachul

    I am indeed a dirty rotten spoiler. XD
    It is okay though. I’m allowed, by rule of fandom age.

  4. Kaitlyn

    I’m so glad you finally made it to Chapter 20!!! This is probably my favorite chapter in New Moon.

  5. me

    lol harhar, very nice way to treat your friends…but dont worry i acted worse wen that happened to me, just as i was about to read chapter 20…. and then i turned into a swearing machine…

  6. Nicole Jet

    So you’re finally meeting the Volturi.
    I can’t wait to hear what you think of them.

    I remember when my best friend got through this chapter. She called me on the phone and started screaming at me. I was laughing so hard that I missed most of it, but what I did hear her say was something along the lines of, “HOW DARE YOU LIE AND TELL ME EDWARD WASN’T COMING BACK!!!!”
    I still can’t believe I managed to convince her that Edward was gone for good.

  7. Len

    Yup, it is THE chapter in New Moon. But I’ve always known Edward will come back to Bella. He always does. And Stephenie Meyer’s Volterra video helped me have a better picture of this chapter. It’s as if she’s Bella trying to find Edward except without the crowd of people. Oh, I don’t know if you’ve seen this other video in youtube where this fan went there too and a guy or girl just started running. I can’t remember clearly but I thought it was funny.

  8. Steph

    Well, it was a little obvious Edward would be back in this chapter, I mean, they went to Volterra to save him.

    Ahh, the video! I was so happy to see it! Now I have a more detailed mental picture.

    Can’t wait until you get through the rest of the book! Hurry up and read.

  9. Madeline

    Ah. Brilliance! Is it possible that you are almost FINISHED with New Moon?

    I think it could be!

    Well, golly, keep on reading! You’re almost there!

  10. Casey

    You are very perceptive the way you describe Bella and Edward’s relationship. I love reading your posts. Can’t wait to hear what you think about the upcoming chapters!!

  11. Elfie

    Oh gooodness… this video, I have not seen it before. It’s pretty awesome, I love how enthusiastic they are, it is perfect.

  12. Kacie

    i absoultly love reading your feelings on the chapters i’ve been reading this for a few days and its so cool to hear your perspective on the books…this was one of my favorite chapters ever

  13. Elspeth

    Kaleb, excellent post. I’m now teaching junior high english to 7th and 8th graders, & a bunch of my girls are reading the twilight saga– much to my excitement! I love your insight and i can’t wait to share it with my students.
    BTW: the video clip isn’t working
    thanks!

  14. chelsie

    Chapter 20 and those afterwards are my favorite part of the book. Very awesome.

  15. mel

    Yay! You found Edward!! Now you have to keep reading. lol

  16. Aria

    For those of you who live in Texas KALEB! I work at a used movie store that is now selling Twilight Posters. But ours aren’t rolled up. Ours come with a cardboard backing to keep the poster pretty. Please visit Movie Trading Company in Frisco.

  17. Kaylee

    Edwards back!! Hurry up and post the next chapter, I want to see your opinion on the Volturi.

  18. Debra

    I love this chapter, I do believe it is one of the best in the whole series (at least to me). I have no idea how you didn’t finish the book here, I couldn’t stop reading the first time I read it once I got here (I was up until like 3 in the morning which is not good since I have kids that wake up at 7). Enjoy the next few chapters and I can’t wait for you to get to Eclipse.

  19. Amaranthine

    Ah, the fated chapter. It seems like I’ve been waiting for you to get to this chapter for forever. It’s funny how some people react to different parts. I cried when Edward left, (stupid, heroic vampire…) but I was surprised that, like Bella, there wasn’t a whole lote of shouting, just a peaceful “he’s back” kind of feeling. I don’t think that I would find these books half as interesting if it weren’t for things like that. The characters in Twilight share some very interesting relationships…

  20. tornbetweentwolovers

    Just a suggestion, Kaleb – take a moment and read the additional scene Stephenie added to her website in which you get to see what Edward has gone through being apart from Bella. It describes what Edward is doing when Rosalie calls him and tells him about Bella “being dead”. I thought it was very moving and poignant. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Thanks for your always insightful analysis!

  21. Shaina

    Ah, you read the best chapter in the book! It looks like you have a great understanding of the Bella/Edward relationship. Looks like there are some smart guys out there after all. Haha!

    Sorry it got spoiled. Trust me though, you haven’t seen anything yet!

  22. Samie

    Wow as someone said, u rock, i couldnt but the book down once got to that part! well through any of the books..lmao.. and really u havent seen anything yet… its just getting started! hehe, i cant wait fo you to get to eclipse! well hold on there ur almost done new moon!

  23. Seth

    Hahahahahhahahaha, leave it to Rachul to ruin it. It’s ok Kalip, at least she didn’t tell you that Alice doesn’t make it out of Volterra.

    Just kidding. :p

  24. Marie

    Kaleb! You wrote about that so well…I have tears in my eyes! Hearing your first thoughts after reading this chapter brought it all back to me and all the emotion with it. It was basically the best 10-second reunion ever. haha

  25. McKell

    Oh Kaleb, that was awesome :) Hope you like the last of the book :)

  26. ana

    OMG im so happy you’re in this chapter.. its my favorite
    when Edward repeats Romeos line i just about cried lol
    I can’t wait for you to start Eclipse then Breaking Dawn

  27. tina

    Seth -that’s just mean (what would we do without Alice?)…..ha ha.

    I, too, couldn’t put the book down at this point. I’m surprised you have such great self-control.

    I love the relationship between Bella and Edward – it is so deep. Now maybe you can see why so many people are team Edward, even though Jake is a great guy, and he does love her. She is part of Edward and he is part of her. It’s more than love.

    Bella feels whole again – something even Jacob couldn’t accomplish for her.

    Keep reading – it does get more interesting. It’s hard not to spoiler you more…..

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  29. NESmyedward

    This chapter and specifically the clock tower/alley scene is the reason New Moon is my favorite book of the series and I so desperately want it adapted to film!

  30. Katie Beth

    What a great video! They look just like me and my friends when we’re out together. :-)

    You’re absolutely right about Bella and Edward being tied to each other forever. In Stephenie’s Midnight Sun draft (and I don’t think this is a spoiler, or I wouldn’t say it) it says that finding that one person is one of the few things that can actually physically change a vampire. That made their whole relationship a lot more concrete for me.

  31. Katie Beth

    That last post was assuming you haven’t read Midnight Sun… have you?

  32. Loony_Lovegood

    How is it that i never saw that video?
    and YAY another chapter down!
    furry up and get to eclipse! it’s my favorite book of the whole series!

  33. Jamie

    Just found your site looking for moremoremore Twilight film… and I can’t BELIEVE you’re just reading New Moon! Dear young fellow, how can you anything but read until you’re done?? (I’m 42 – I’d say “the oldest woman reading this series” except that I’m one of the younger members of my bookclub, and Twilight was our book this month – I can hardly wait to hear a bunch of middle-aged women try to talk coherently about a gorgeous seventeen-year-old vampire at our meeting in Oct. – and as soon as I finished it I had to read the other three. Took me, what, six days to read them. Day and night. Like I’m a vampire or something…

  34. Jamie

    Loony, is your favorite chapter “Fire and Ice”? I’m such a sap.

  35. Court

    i am very…very happy that you finally got to chapter 20.
    but i must give you props…how can you stop reading? its a talent that i only wish i had. i may fail some of my classes, but gosh dangit im gonna keep on reading! lol

    much love. :]

  36. becky sue

    Aww!! YAY! Nearly made me cry again, Kaleb. Thanks for your insights. I’m shocked you hadn’t been spoilered before then…. Thanks for posting the video too, I hadn’t seen it yet. And good luck with that whole clausturphobia thing; I’m grateful that I don’t have such a problem. I will forevermore think of you when I watch the Grinch.

  37. girlwithanongenericchatusername

    oh my god you’re finally there???? *swoons slightly*
    also, the song for this chapter is absolutely perfect.

    This time, This place
    Misused, Mistakes
    Too long, Too late
    Who was I to make you wait
    Just one chance
    Just one breath
    Just in case there’s just one left
    ‘Cause you know, you know, you know

    I love you
    I have loved you all along
    And I miss you
    Far away for far too long
    I keep dreaming you’ll be with me
    and you’ll never go
    Stop breathing if
    I don’t see you anymore

    On my knees, I’ll ask
    Last chance for one last dance
    Cause with you, I’d withstand
    All of hell to hold your hand
    I’d give it all
    I’d give for us
    Give anything but I won’t give up
    Cause you know, you know, you know

    kaleb, read on NOWWW!! FAST!!! it gets better. :D

  38. Elise

    Was THE capter as good as you thought it would be?

    A good song for this book is Black Orchid by Blue October.

  39. Rakey

    Heh. Rachel… uh… Rachul (gah! It hurts to see my name so misspelled… sorry Rachul, but it’s a pet peeve of mine) must be a meanie-face, spoiling the book for you like that. I remember, when my friend finished Eclipse (don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything for you) and gave it to me to read she was like “Oh Rachel. I need to know what your opinion is on something that happens at the end of the book” and I nearly strangled her. This was before my obsession (my obsession came a good month later) so I was planning on taking my time with Eclipse and reading the book in like 3 or 4 days, not 1. Then she HAD to say that and make me read it too speedily. *Now Kaleb must want to know what happens at the end of Eclipse… sorry*

  40. nicoleface

    oh rachul. did she also tell you that angela is actually a witch?

  41. Kylee

    you have finally gotten to the good part!! psh. now you won’t be able to put it down!! or maybe you have so much self control that you can! ugh. i DO NOT have that talent. i got to this part, and i read until i finished. heck, whenever i read the books over, i get to this part and i still cant just stop.

  42. Becky

    finally, you get to chapter 20!

    if you weren’t already publishing a book, I’d tell you that you should write one. But you already are so… good career choice, lol

    seriously though, I’m eagerly awaiting your take on the Volturi. Because they are very… interesting, hehe

  43. HeyJoyous

    Ahhh, Edward. :-) This, however, is NOT my favorite chapter in New Moon. It has yet to come. Enjoy!

  44. Kathleen

    I absolutely love new moon. & every chapter from this point forward is so thrilling & passionate! You should listen to “Check Yes Juliet” (We The Kings) i always think of it when Bella is running to get to Edward in time.

    Keep on reading!

  45. Priscilla :)

    i seriously blubbered like a baby at this part and i blubbered just the same when i was reading your post. gosh!!! anyway its sooo true. when he get sefensive you’re all YESS!!!!! he still loves her! o and thats suuucks having it spoiled. but finally you get to meet the volturi. i happen to like them :) ))

  46. Amia

    Wow. I’ve been reading this blog for roughly a month, too skittish to leave a comment, and i’m truly in shock.

    I love it!

    It’s so hard to find guys who like Twilight books. They’re few and far between!

    Teehee, it’s even funnier when they live in the same state as you. (I live near Dallas)

    Keep up the amazingly funny stuff!

    I always love that I have to put any snack foods / beverages away when reading your new posts for fear of choking on them while laughing. XD

  47. Amia

    PS: My song suggestion is Demolition Lovers by My Chemical Romance.

    :D

  48. Jenna

    Gosh Kaleb! Your review of that chapter was amazing! When you said these things:

    “It was at that moment I fully realized, yes, Edward Cullen is back in town. And he’s not letting anyone come near Bella.”

    “He took with him a piece of Bella: the missing piece of her soul that has been calling her and torturing her to find again. The moment they are together, it is as if Bella is made whole.”

    “Both Bella and Edward hold pieces of each other that can never be returned, nor cut off, nor broken free. It is because of this when they are apart, there is an almost constant pain within Bella to be with Edward again. The separation of the two pieces is what has been causing her so much pain.”

    “In the same way, if Bella was dead, then she had taken with her a piece of Edward as well, a piece so strongly connected to him that he could never cut it from his soul. Edward is a vampire– he would go on living forever, suffering through each day with a piece of himself gone. And thus if Bella is dead, then enough of Edward is dead as well, so that he might end the remaining piece of himself to be with her again, and make himself whole once more.”

    I immediatly returned to those chapters in my head and i thought of how i felt when Edward was back. It was amazing, right? I love it, your reviews are very well put Kaleb!

    btw. grr to that girls who IMed you!lol!

  49. Claire

    I’ve been waiting for you to get to this chapter. As usual, great review. :D
    I’m really looking forward to your next post when you finally meet the Volturi.

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  51. Ariana

    I’m really claustrophobic too. It’s weird, but “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has always freaked me out for the same reason.

    Love the review, as always. I’ve been secretly stalking this site for a while now and you are in probably what’s my favorite part in the whole series. Read on my friend!

  52. Erin

    Dude. You’re here. This isn’t my favorite chapter, but still. The next one is way cooler. You’re gonna love the Volturi.
    And, that Grinch part was seriously funny.
    Sorry about the meanie who told you about Angela. That was supposed to be a surprise…
    And sorry bout the spoiler person. But, seriously. We all knew Eddy was coming back…
    And you described all of this really well. It made me happy. :)
    Happy reading!

  53. Ms. Paranoia

    I’m so happy to see that you’ve made it to chapter the twentieth Kaleb, way to go~!

    Thsi chapter was such a relief to me and many Twilight fans, because I believe that all of us felt like we were missing pieces of ourselves for a long time. As we are shown those long months without Edward, I felt as if I could almost feel exactly what Bella was feeling – not 100% the same, but I could relate. It was almost an uncomfortable, uneasy and definately not pleasant feeling. But once she was reunited with Edward, everything felt right again, at place, where it should be.

    Anyways, I hope you enjoy the rest of New Moon, cause soon you’ll have to move onto Eclipse =D!

  54. dsolo

    Kaleb, you are so insightful when it comes to Bella and Edward. Are you really only 20? You must be an old soul, like Bella. I,on the other hand, am just old. Jamie, I have you beat by more than a decade and I’m suffering from OCD – Obsessive Cullen Disease.

  55. Shatha

    Haha, it’s such an amazing chapter that it needs to be recognised as “THE chapter.”

    Wow. Amazingly insightful post.
    You understand Bella and Edward’s relationship extremely well, I don’t know anyone who understands them more. (Besides SM of course).

    I hadn’t seen that video before, it wasn’t how I imagined Volterra, but it’s still amazing.

    I think I said amazing about a hundred times in this comment.
    I need to visit theasaurus.com.

  56. Aubrey

    I really love Nickleback, not to mention the song “Far Away”, but for some reason I don’t think that there is any song out there that can explain the complete desperation, relief, and the beautiful reunion between Edward and Bella. That’s why, whenever I read this chapter (or even think about it for that matter) I always listen to the song ‘Your Hands Are Cold’ on the “Pride and Prejudice” soundtrack (Kiera Knightley version). It has a very supenseful begginning as well as a breathtaking, sweet ending. In a word, it’s perfect for Bella’s race through Volterra.(I also imagine the song ‘Darcy’s Letter’ for Edward’s perspective of Twilight when he races to save Bella from James in the ballet studio)

  57. savannah

    dont think bella knows edward loves her. he’s just being a good guy and not letting her die right there. read on!

  58. savannah

    and that was EXACTLY how i imagined volterra

  59. devz30

    I wouldn’t say he comes back on that chapter- as BELLA comes FOR him. But he appeared. I love this chapter, but I love the chapters after this so much more.
    I always knew Edward would come back. I mean, the story was meant to be about Bella and Edward from the start. But if I was spoilered like that I wouldn’t have handled it. I mean, you know that he’d come back, you just feel it, but still– it would somehow lack suspense- Not that you’ve been heavily spoilered to lose much of it.
    =) Keep reading. It WILL get better.

    And great insight from this chapter. As always.
    =D

  60. Shelby

    My best friend is going to Italy and Greece this summer with a People to People program, and GUESS WHERE THEY’RE STOPPING!

    Volterra.

    I know, I’m jealous too.

    Anyway, wow. I’m sorry you got spoilered like that. Turn your IM off while you’re reading the next two, particularly BD. That could potentially suck badly if it happened again with one of the next two books.

    I know you’ve probably gotten a lot of comments that say this, but: more boys should read Twilight. The world would be a happier place with longer-lasting relationships.

    Happy reading! (And good luck on your exams.)

  61. Laura

    haha i find it funny how you are trying to rationalise edward’s suicidal tendencies by saying its all for love. personally, i just find it manipulative and pathetic.

  62. Maddy

    I love how you see their connection. It’s just that simple. I have always felt that he was gone in New Moon, but I felt his presence alot. His disappearance was just hanging over the book. I don’t condone suicide, but this is not about personal opinion. Edward is a vampire. There really is no way out for him. He can’t go on for years waiting for his time to come. That would never happen. I can’t imagine him having to live through eternity alone. And that’s what he would do, without Bella. So I could definitely understand why he did it. This is the only way for him.

  63. Tianna

    I was so glad to see Edward back in Bella’s life. As you have stated, it was natural.. er, well, not natural, from another point of view.
    Anyway, I agree with you; Edward’s back, and he’s ready to kick some vampire butts to help save Bella.

  64. Lindsey Love Twilight

    I have to agree it was almost like edward was never gone. BUT! my heart almost popped out of my chest while the clock was ticking and bella was running to him. I guess he thought he was imagining her voice. And then when he saved him he thought he was in heaven? HOW CUTE!

  65. shannonlee

    i think that INXS never tear us apart would be a perfect song for this chapter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbOnYAG2HPI
    xoxo
    this is my favorite chapter in the book

  66. Dragonseye

    Hehehe, I watched the video, and as far as I know only the German in the red box has false grammatic. *grins* It just had to be the German one. *snickers* Of course I will never have that problem because I´m German myself, but it seems as though everyone else from other countries has it. *laughs* English isn´t really difficult to learn, my sister complains about French and the verbs, but I had to pick the most difficult language to learn. (we learn two in school) Latin is really hell. Ever heard of Reduplikationsperfect? And it´s not “sehen Volterra”, it´s “seht Volterra!”

    And now to the chapter, I don´t know if this comment to a long finished part of your blog will be read but I´ll say something on the chance that you read it. I absolutly love this scene, and I also like the second book very much, even if it depresses me. The part where Edward thinks he´s in Paradise is just so sweet! I also happen to like Alice. Though in the film Jacob and Caius are my favorites. (They both look gorgeous)

  67. Dragonseye

    Hehehe, I watched the video, and as far as I know only the German in the red box has false grammatic. *grins* It just had to be the German one. *snickers* Of course I will never have that problem because I´m German myself, but it seems as though everyone else from other countries has it. *laughs* English isn´t really difficult to learn, my sister complains about French and the verbs, but I had to pick the most difficult language to learn. (we learn two in school) Latin is really hell. Ever heard of Reduplikationsperfect? And it´s not “sehen Volterra”, it´s “seht Volterra!”

    And now to the chapter, I don´t know if this comment to a long finished part of your blog will be read but I´ll say something on the chance that you read it. I absolutly love this scene, and I also like the second book very much, even if it depresses me. The part where Edward thinks he´s in Paradise is just so sweet! I also happen to like Alice. Though in the film Jacob and Caius are my favorites. (They both look gorgeous)

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