Reading Eclipse: Chapter 21 (Trails)
February 9th, 2009 at 12:02 am by Kaleb Nation
The song for this chapter is Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
During my glorious and much-needed break from blogging, it was brought to my attention that I was mentioned somewhere I had never, ever expected to be. One of my readers emailed and said she had been reading Robert Pattinson: Eternally Yours, by Isabelle Adams, and came across this passage on page 90:
I can’t even begin to tell you what a surprise this was! I’m still in shock that I was mentioned in an actual book like that 😀
Anyhows, I managed to make time stop so I could read another chapter of Eclipse today! Where I left off, there were some obvious Jacob/Bella problems going on. Does she love him? Does she not? Does she absolutely detest his slightly manipulative ways? I shall find out…
Bella’s vision of a perfect wedding is very fitting for what she wants: anything human to be over as quickly as possible.She hardly enjoys any sort of celebration, even her own graduation and birthdays, and being wed carries so much weight in her mind she seems to want it over and done with As Soon As Humanly Possible. Obviously, this is not what she has in mind:
Rather, her dream wedding is more like this:
Alice however, has quite a different set of plans for her human-equivalent-of-a-sister. I had little doubt that Alice would somehow find a way to talk Bella out of the drive-thru wedding option, which she does in record time:
Bella: NO NO NO!
Alice: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
Bella: UGH UGH UGH!
Alice: YES YES YES!
Never try to change Alice’s mind when it comes to planning a possible party* 😀
Bella sets off on her serious mission of misleading the rabid newborns with her scent, which seems as intoxicating as a human scent can get. As she and Edward are making their smelly paths through the woods, their conversation is entirely amusing yet again. I don’t know if anyone else noticed, or if I’m pulling things completely out of the air, but I really enjoy the fact that Edward and Bella can be apart and yet together at the same time. It’s as if they’re walking seperately from each other, but in a way they’re still close: this never ending conversation that dominates everything. As if I haven’t pointed it out enough in the course of reading, it’s such an integral part of their relationship: even when Edward isn’t exactly holding her hand, in a way he’s still there next to her.
I like it how Edward is open to whatever type of wedding Bella prefers, but I have to say I’m with Alice on this one. Really, Bella might want the fastest possible, speed-read wedding now, but about 254 years from now she might wish she had chosen otherwise. Not one to speak of how anyone feels when they’re older and wiser and 200+ years old, I still get the feeling that if she has the chance, why not make something memorable out of it? Anyone could easily skip Christmas, New Years and birthdays because they’re just too busy for such party nonsense, but eventually they might begin to regret what they missed out on. And besides, nobody in their right mind would pass up Emmett Cullen doing the job 😀
Then, exactly as I had mentioned in the previous chapter:
JACOB: “Sometimes I think you like me better as a wolf.”
BELLA: “It probably has something to do with the way you can’t talk.”
JACOB: “You’re so lulzy when you’re mad.”
My thoughts exactly — for though I have no deep loathing for Jacob the werewolf, I can completely feel how annoyed Bella is by his constant irritation of her. I don’t understand. I really do not. It is not that I have anything against Jacob. I just don’t understand how he can constantly act immature and mean and yet still be convinced that Bella secretly adores him. Perhaps I am too accustomed to Edward’s politeness, and Jacob’s ways seem to pale in comparison, because he is closer to being human (somewhat resembling Han Solo’s overly self-assertive personality). But really, how many times has something happened like this:
JACOB: “I know you love me.”
BELLA: “No, I hate your stinkin guts.”
JACOB: “Yeah, I knew it, you love me.”
BELLA: “Look over there, a cliff. Jump off it.”
JACOB: “Yep, you love me, la de da…”
Unless I am mistaken, or Forks is in Opposite-world, Bella is being quite clear, thank you very much.
To Jacob’s benefit, however, he does go along with the plan, and safely carried Bella to the cave, for which I’m sure Bella is grateful. It is so interesting that Jacob might have been the alpha of the werewolves: a bit of history I wasn’t expecting about him. So perhaps a bit of Jacob’s overconfidence comes from the blood of a leader running through him? Readers of my site might find it interesting that part of my family history includes a chief, way back in the Choctaw nation (at least, this is how the family’s story goes…). Maybe Jake and I have more in common than I would like to think… 😀
Question for the comments: What do you think would have happened if Jake was the alpha of the group? Do you think the werewolves would have still worked with the vampires?
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*side note: say that 10 times fast: planning a possible party. muhaha.