| Quote #1
I needed to reign in the enthusiasm before I gave him the wrong idea – it was just that it had been a long time since I’d felt so light and buoyant. (5.135)
Bella lies to Jacob about her feelings by not curbing her enthusiasm for him. By not acting, does she encourage him?
| Quote #2
And, even though I was enjoying myself more than I thought possible, there was no lessening of my original desire. I still wanted to cheat. (6.106)
A lie for a lie, a broken promise for a broken promise… sounds like the old testament "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth" (Exodus 21:23-27). Is that a healthy way to look at life?
| Quote #3
I was so wrong to encourage Jacob. Pure selfishness. (9.199)
Bella is completely aware that she’s not being fair with Jacob, but also that she’s unable to change her selfish behavior. What does that say about her character?