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Quote #7

[Bella to Edward:] "Well, look at me," I said unnecessarily as he was already staring. "I'm absolutely ordinary – well, except for bad things like all the near-death experiences and being so clumsy that I'm almost disabled. And look at you." I waved my hand toward him and all his bewildering perfection. (10.171)

Bella thinks Edward is out of her league because of his appearance. Do you believe that Bella is "absolutely ordinary"?

Quote #8

[Edward to Bella:] His brow creased angrily for a moment, then smoothed as his eyes took on a knowing look. "You don't see yourself very clearly, you know. I'll admit you're dead-on about bad things," he chuckled blackly, "but you didn't hear what every human male in this school was thinking on your first day." (10.172)

According to Edward, Bella does not see herself as others see her. In that case, do you think that Edward is primarily attracted to Bella because of her physical appearance?

Quote #9

I tried to keep my eyes away from his perfection as much as possible, but I slipped often. (12.247)

Bella tries not to stare at Edward all day. Do you think that Edward's beautiful appearance forms the basis for her interest in him? How would their relationship be different if he looked like, say, Mike?

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