Memory in the vampire world works much like it does for humans, it just extends a bit further back in time. But while human memories fade, vampire memories are stronger. Edward doesn't remember his human life well, and Alice can't remember hers at all. All the vampires have been around for much longer than their appearance suggests – they don't age once transformed into a vampire. Additionally, they are immortal. Edward, in fact, has been alive for over a hundred years, and sometimes seems to be a relic of the past. As Bella notes, Edward "sometimes spoke […] with unfamiliar cadences and phrases that better fit the style of a turn-of-the-century novel than of a twenty-first-century classroom" (7.50). Despite having been alive for over a century, Edward had lived a life of loneliness before meeting Bella.