by Stephenie Meyer
Memory and the Past Quotes in Twilight
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
[Alice to Bella:] "I'll tell you the mechanics of it," she said finally, "but I don't remember it myself, and I've never done it or seen it done, so keep in mind that I can only tell you the theory." (20.79.1)
Alice can tell Bella the theory behind transformation, but can't give a personal account of the process at all. In a way, this puts Bella and Alice on the same level of knowledge about the transformation experience.
From the corner of my eye, I could almost see my mother standing in the shade of the big eucalyptus tree where I'd played as a child. Or kneeling by the little plot of dirt around the mailbox, the cemetery of all the flowers she'd tried to grow. The memories were better than any reality I would see today. But I raced away from them, toward the corner, leaving everything behind me. (22.80)
As Bella goes to her certain death, she has flashes of memory from her childhood.
[James to Bella:] "I would just like to rub it in, just a little bit. The answer was there all along, and I was so afraid Edward would see that and ruin my fun. It happened once, oh, ages ago. The one and only time my prey escaped me." (22.119)
James tells a story of the one human that eluded him. Clearly he is not happy about his slightly-imperfect record.