by Stephenie Meyer
Strength and Skill Quotes in Twilight
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter. Paragraph)
My guilt slowly subsided as I looked into [Alice's] dark eyes. But, even as the calm spread over me, I knew I couldn't trust my feelings with Jasper there. (20.53)
Because Jasper has the ability to manipulate emotions, Bella can't trust that her feeling of calm is natural. She seems to prefer to feel her true fear and apprehension. Why is that? Should she resist Jasper's influence in this situation?
[Alice to Bella:] "As predators, we have a glut of weapons in our physical arsenal – much, much more than really necessary. The strength, the speed, the acute senses, not to mention those of us like Edward, Jasper, and I, who have extra senses as well. And then, like a carnivorous flower, we are physically attractive to our prey." (20.80)
Like any great predator, vampires have a wide variety of effective weapons. Their physical attractiveness, however, is a weapon designed to be effective on their primary prey – humans.
[Alice to Bella:] "We have another fairly superfluous weapon. We're also venomous," she said, her teeth glistening. "The venom doesn't kill – it's merely incapacitating. It works slowly, spreading through the bloodstream, so that, once bitten, our prey is in too much physical pain to escape us. Mostly superfluous, as I said. If we're that close, the prey doesn't escape. Of course, there are always exceptions. Carlisle, for example." (20.82)
Alice explains another weapon of vampires. This comment foreshadows that last scene in the ballet studio, during which James bites Bella. After being infected by James's venom, Bella is in too much physical pain to escape or even try to fight off her attacker.