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by Stephenie Meyer

Mortality Quotes in Eclipse

How we cite our quotes: (chapter.paragraph)

Quote #7

[Rosalie to Bella:] "Would you like to hear my story, Bella? It doesn't have a happy ending – but which of ours does? If we had happy endings, we'd all be under gravestones now." (7.20)

Rosalie's attitude presents an interesting reversal to the human world, where death typically means the opposite of a happy ending. Or could she mean that there's happiness in the fact that human life has an end?

Quote #8

[Rosalie to Bella:] But there will never be more than the two of us. And I'll never sit on a porch somewhere, with him gray-haired by my side surrounded by our grandchildren. (7.119)

Rosalie seems to idealize this traditional image of human life here. It's interesting that while Bella envies Rosalie's eternal youthful beauty, Rosalie would prefer to grow old and gray.

Quote #9

[Edward to Bella:] "After a few decades, everyone you know is dead. Problem solved." (9.165)

It seems Edward is being sarcastic. He means to say that it's more painful to outlive the people you love than to die before them. What's your take on it?

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