| Quote #1
[Edward:] "She won't listen to me, because she thinks I'm underestimating her. She thinks she's strong enough for this." (9.180)
Edward seems to think that Bella is trying to show him that she's stronger than he believes her to be. How much of her decision to have the baby while she is human might have to do with Bella's need to prove her human stamina to Edward?
| Quote #2
[Alice to Edward:] "You would be mortified, too, if you realized that you were handcuffed by your own nature." (19.145)
Alice's self-confidence is closely tied to her special power of foreseeing the immediate future.
| Quote #3
[Bella:] The dust was so beautiful, I inhaled in shock. (20.5)
Equipped with her new superior senses, Bella perceives the most ordinary things in the human world, like a speck of dust, as suddenly something extraordinary.