Study Guide

Breaking Dawn Quotes

By Stephenie Meyer

  • Love

    [Jacob:] All this mandatory love-at-first-sight was completely sickening. (8.24)

    Jacob complains about love-at-first-sight, because none of his pack members seems to have trouble finding their perfect mate except for him. Or, rather, his perfect mate, Bella, is not returning his feelings.

    [Jacob to Bella:] "What was the point of me loving you? What was the point of you loving him? When you die…" (10.59)

    Jacob believes that if Bella dies, everything they've experienced together, their sacrifices of love for each other and their joys and pains, will have been in vain.

    [Jacob to Bella:] "Why do you always have to love the wrong things, Bella?" (10.156)

    Jacob accuses Bella of being drawn to things that endanger her life. Do you think he's talking about Bella's choices or her fate?

    [Jacob:] …there was no question [Bella] was in love with her vampire past the boundaries of sanity. (14.11)

    Although Jacob admits that Bella really loves Edward, he maintains that her love for him is unhealthy, or insane, because it's unnatural for a human to be with a vampire.

    [Jacob:] This was the problem with hanging out with vampires – you got used to them. They started messing up the way saw the world. They started feeling like friends. (14.185)

    Jacob acknowledges that he's warming up to the Cullens – against his will. Being friends with vampires deeply conflicts with his world view up until that point.

    [Bella to Jacob:] "If feels… complete when you're here, Jacob. Like all my family is together." (15.144)

    From the beginning of their relationship, Bella always wished Jacob could be her younger brother, because he feels like family to her. Although she admits in New Moon that she's fallen in love with him, it's a different love that she can't quite explain. Maybe her heart knew that they'd be connected through Renesmee?

    [Leah to Jacob:] "Even though I don't think too much of her, I'd probably do the same as the bloodsucker." (16.140)

    Leah identifies with Rosalie's need to have children. Apparently being a real woman and not "a genetic dead-end" means being able to bear children and experience motherhood.

    [Bella:] So Renesmee was untouchable because of the way Jacob felt about her. I tried to concentrate on the relief of this fact rather than the chagrin, but it wasn't easy. (23.33)

    Even though Bella is grateful that the werewolves now protect Renesmee because Jacob has imprinted on her, she feels a bit jealous of Jacob's claim on her daughter.

    [Edward to Jacob:] "Goodbye Jacob, my brother… my son." (37.224)

    Edward has completely accepted Renesmee's future and the fact that Jake is going to be his son as well as his equal.

  • Choices

    [Jacob:] So force me to say, Sam. Take away my will. Make me a slave. (8.208)

    Jacob challenges Sam to take away his choice. Do you think he intends to show Sam that he can defy his orders? Or does he hope Sam might be able to have control over him and take away his choice, as well as his pain?

    [Jacob:] I could feel it gathering in me, both a freedom and also a strange, hollow power." (11.30)

    Jacob's feelings suggest that making choices in life gives you freedom, but also instills in you a certain kind of insecurity or loneliness with this independence.

    [Carlisle to Jacob:] "But I can't ignore her will. It wouldn't be right to make such a choice for her, to force her." (12.130)

    Carlisle seems to believe that even if someone chooses to sacrifice his or her life, it's wrong to keep that person from doing so. What would you have done in Carlisle's situation?

    [Jacob to Jared:] "I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Leah belongs wherever she wants to be." (13.245)

    Jacob doesn't believe in pack mentality. He wants everyone to have his or her own choice.

    [Jacob to Leah:] "Imprinting is just another way of getting your choices taken away from you." (16.127)

    Jacob believes that imprinting takes away your options in the realm of love. At the same time, he acknowledges throughout the story that he has no choice but to love Bella. So what's the difference for him, between imprinting and simply falling in love?

    [Leah to Jacob:] "I just want to have options I don't have, Jacob. Maybe if there was nothing wrong with me, I would never give it a thought." (16.138)

    Leah admits that she wants certain choices, just because she knows she can't have them. If she did have those options, she wouldn't care about them. Is that a common reason for people to want choices?

    [Jacob:] That would go away, you know, if you imprinted. You wouldn't have to hurt over her anymore. Seemed like maybe getting your choices taken away from you wasn't the very worst thing in the world. Maybe feeling like this was the very worst thing in the world. (17.15)

    Jacob thinks that if he imprinted, he wouldn't have to suffer over loving Bella anymore. He knows that he can't stop loving her on his own will.

    [Emmett to Bella:] "You really didn't attack him?"… [Jasper:] "It's not natural." (22.149-155)

    Jasper's worldview is turned upside down by the fact that Bella's self-control is stronger than her "natural" newborn tendencies to kill.

    [Bella:] The Romanians' pronouncement seemed to have made the others feel the need to declare themselves as well. (34.102)

    Bella believes that many of the other Cullen friends declared their loyalty in the case of war because they felt peer pressure to meet the Romanians' promise. Is making choices out of peer pressure common in our daily lives?

    [Garret:] "Who rules you, nomads? Do you answer to someone's will besides your own? Are you free to choose your own path, or will the Volturi decide how you will live?" (37.168)

    Garret tells the nomads that by taking the Volturi's side today, they're forfeiting power over their own lives and placing it in the hands of the Volturi.

  • Sex

    [Bella:] I wanted the complete experience before I traded in my warm, breakable, pheromone-riddled body. (1.204)

    Bella believes that, as a vampire, she won't feel the same physical attraction to Edward than she does in her human body.

    [Bella:] "I never got over the shock of how perfect his body was – white, cool, and polished as marble." (2.16)

    A big part of Bella's attraction for Edward is due to his looks.

    [Edward to Bella:] "You should be angry at me" [Bella:] "Well, I am"… "That," I snapped. "That right there is why I'm angry. You are killing my buzz, Edward." (5.155-158)

    Bella doesn't care that Edward bruised her during lovemaking; she wants him to let go and enjoy being with her without castigating himself over his lack of self-control.

    [Bella to Edward:] "I just was trying to explain that, for a human, well, I can't imagine that life gets any better than that." (5.168)

    Bella seems to believe the lovemaking is the epitome of human life. What's your take on that?

    [Edward to Bella:] "I spoke to my brothers, too. They told me that it was a very great pleasure… Second only to drinking human blood (5.175)

    For a vampire, drinking blood is still the greatest pleasure. What pleasure in our human life might compare to how a vampire feels about drinking blood?

    [Bella:] "I started slow with innocent ivory satins, worried that revealing more of my skin would be the opposite of helpful, but ready to try anything." (6.8)

    Bella struggles with her burning desire to seduce Edward and her knowledge that she needs to hide her intentions as much as she can.

    [Bella to Edward:] "I like this part of being human. I don't want to give it up yet. I don't want to wait through years of being blood-crazed newborn for some part of this to come back to me." (6.38)

    Bella believes that a big part of her physical and emotional attraction toward Edward will disappear when she transforms into a newborn vampire.

    [Bella:] "It wasn't desire at all it was need, acute to the point of pain." (6.86)

    Bella's desire, her physical need for being with Edward, has become so strong that it causes her pain.

    [Bella:] "I could see their ruby eyes glinting with desire, lusting for the kill." (7.1)

    Bella connects lust, or sexual desire, with the desire to kill. What might these two urges have in common?

    [Bella to Edward:] "I thought I wouldn't feel this way for a long time… But I still want you." (21.128)

    Bella realizes that – against all predictions – her transformation into a vampire hasn't lessened her sexual attraction for Edward.

  • Suffering

    [Edward to Bella:] "We're going to get that thing out before it can hurt any part of you." (7.157)

    Although Edward knows that the "thing" inside her is part of him, he's willing to kill it just because it's hurting Bella.

    [Jacob:] Pain came in easily managed forms. The pain of hunger. The pain of cold ice under your paws… Each pain had a simple answer, a clear action to end that pain." (8.211)

    Jacob believes that physical pain is easier to deal with than emotional pain, because to end it requires a clear, physical action. Why doesn't emotional pain work the same way?

    [Edward to Jacob:] "I'm not ready for you to kill me yet, Jacob Black. You'll have to have a little patience." (9.132)

    It seems that Edward wants to die under Jacob's hand for what he's done to Bella, because he knows that his existence has also made Jacob suffer.

    [Jacob:] "My fault," Edward whispered, and his knees gave out. He crumpled in front of me, vulnerable, the easiest target you could imagine. But I felt as cold as snow there was no fire in me. (9.142)

    In the face of Edward's pain and helplessness, Jacob's rage and hatred disappears. He empathizes with him so much that he feels cold – like a vampire.

    [Jacob:] Of course, die for the monster spawn. It was so Bella. (9.149)

    Jacob seems to suggest that Bella has a tendency to be a martyr for love.

    [Jacob to Bella:] "I'm not going to hang around and watch you die, Bella." (10.170)

    Jacob can't bear to watch Bella sacrifice her life for an unknown monster inside of her. Might his words also be intended to make her aware of the consequences of her decision – death?

    [Jacob:] …killing Bella felt like killing me, like suicide. (10.265)

    Jacob and Bella's lives have become so intertwined that her pain is his pain, and to kill her would mean to end his own life.

    [Leah to Jacob:] "I wasn't born a compassionless shrew. I used to be sort of nice, you know." (16.93)

    Leah explains to Jacob that she has had a lot of painful experiences that have hardened her into the person she is now.

    [Edward to Bella:] "Jacob isn't suffering… Though I might be willing to change his condition." (22.25)

    Edward is not happy with the fact that Jacob imprinted on Renesmee. At the same time, he hesitates to punish him, because he can really see Jacob's devotion to his daughter.

    [Esme to Edward:] "Stop her, Edward. She'll be unhappy if she hurts him." (22.44)

    Esme knows that Bella's anger toward Jacob comes from her struggle to control the volatile emotions of a newborn vampire, and that she'd never would want to hurt Jacob otherwise.

  • Sacrifice

    [Bella:] If your life was all you could give to your beloved, how could you not give it? (Preface.5)

    Bella believes that if you truly love someone, there's nothing you wouldn't give him or her, even your life. Is that a valid definition of true love?

    [Renée to Bella:] "Once you make up your mind, there is no reasoning with you." (1.154)

    Renée suggests that once Bella makes a choice, no one can sway her decision. Is that a positive or negative quality?

    [Edward to Bella:] "Look at my mother. Look at my sister. It's not as easy a sacrifice as you imagine." [Bella:] "…If it's a problem later, we can do what Esme did – we'll adopt." (2.55)

    Edward believes that Bella doesn't understand how much she's sacrificing in not being a "real" mother, while Bella claims she makes no difference between biological children and adopted children. Do you think she's telling Edward what she truly believes?

    [Bella:] "…a pile of human bodies, drained and lifeless." (2.128)

    Bella recognizes the faces of her school friends and parents, and fears that's what she's going to do, what she will become.

    [Bella:] "I knew the sacrifice it has taken him. And then I'd ruined it, turned his gift into a disaster." (4.222)

    Bella knows that Jacob is making a sacrifice in attending her wedding, because witnessing her happiness with Edward, another man, causes him great pain.

    [Seth to Leah and Jacob:] "They're people to me, and I'm going to protect them, 'cause that's what we're supposed to do." (12.63)

    Seth has developed an affectionate relationship with Edward and the Cullens. For him, they're no longer vampires, they're people, and he considers it his mission to protect them from harm.

    [Jacob to Bella:] "[Rosalie] understands that you're gonna die and she doesn't care, s'long as she gets her mutant spawn out of the deal." (13.40)

    Jacob believes that the baby's life is more important to Rosalie than Bella's life is. Do you think he has a point?

    [Carlisle to Jacob:] "I didn't mean that you would be… incapable. But that it would be very wrong. " (14.162)

    Carlisle knows that Jacob would fight his own pack to protect Bella and believes that it's wrong for Jacob to make that sacrifice. Is Carlisle right? Is Jacob making the wrong choice?

    [Jacob:] Even after I'd eaten my share – not because it smelled irresistible away from the vampire burn, but to set a good example of self-sacrificing tolerance for Leah, she'd refused." (15.12)

    Jacob believes that by acting as a role model for Leah, he'll make her follow his lead. In vain. Does his failure make him a weak leader or is he really using "teaching Leah" as an excuse for eating Esme's food?

    [Bella to Edward:] "[Alice] was willing to die herself rather than put [Jasper] in danger. Willing for me to die, too. Willing for you to die." (29.104)

    Bella seems to accuse Alice of sacrificing anyone's life, including hers, for Jasper. If the roles were reversed between Bella and Alice, do you think Bella would fight for Alice or try to save Edward instead?

  • Transformation

    [Emmett to Edward:] "Let me dance with my little sister. This could be my last chance to make her blush." (4.236)

    Emmett refers to Bella's human ability to blush – one thing Edward always loved about her. Her new body will no longer be affected by her emotions.

    [Bella:] In Jacob's eyes – by choosing Edward, I was choosing a fate that was worse than death, or at least, equivalent to it. (4.148)

    Until Bella actually becomes a vampire, Jacob is convinced that her transformation will be like she died. What makes him change his mind?

    [Jacob:] The bonds fell off my body the second I embraced my birthright. (11.29)

    The moment Jacob acknowledges the innate leader in him, he becomes immune to Sam's power. Does this moment feel believable, or a bit too easy?

    [Jacob:] I knew it wasn't my imagination that my need for her was stronger than ever. Why was that? Because she was dying? Or knowing that even if she didn't, still – best-case scenario – she'd be changing into something else that I wouldn't know or understand? (15.125)

    Jacob seems to be more afraid of Bella changing than of Bella dying, because unlike dying, her transformation into a vampire is something he can't relate to.

    [Edward to Jacob:] "No. Not human. But she hopes to see Charlie again, anyway." (15.173)

    Bella believes that there's a way for her to still have a relationship with Charlie after she turns into a vampire. Is that an understandable wish or is she being selfish here?

    [Leah to Jacob:] "I'm talking about being a genetic dead end, Jacob." (16.107)

    Leah's transformation into a werewolf have changed her human body and has possibly thwarted her ability to bear children.

    [Jacob:] "She's not dead," [Edward] growled. "She's going to be fine." I wasn't sure he was talking to me anymore. Turning away, leaving him with his dead, I walked slowly to the door. (18.93)

    After Edward injects Bella with his venom and her heart stops, Jacob believes that she'd dead. He gives up fighting for her life before Edward does. Do you think that part of him is relieved that at least she's not going to be a vampire?

    [Edward to Bella:] "It goes against the grain… letting you wrestle with lions. I was having anxiety attack the whole time." (21.147)

    Although Bella is a vampire now, strong enough to wrestle with lions, Edward has trouble not thinking of her as the clumsy, fragile girl she used to be.

    [Jacob to Bella:] Maybe it's not the look as much as… you are Bella. (22.64)

    Jacob realizes that although Bella looks different, her personality and essence have remained the same.

    [Bella:] It was a relief and revelation to discover how much of my essential core traits had come with me into this new body. (24.30)

    Bella learns that although thirst and desire never fade, they're manageable with self-control and determination, which have always been part of her character.

  • Warfare

    [Jacob:] My knees trembled; I struggled to hold myself upright while the voice of the Alpha lashed at my will. (10.252)

    Jacob struggles with what he should obey, his werewolf instincts or his human instincts. So is loyalty to a leader important in war?

    [Jacob:] That's why we would be able to kill him because he wouldn't want us, his enemies, to die. (10.263)

    Jacob believes that although Sam has decided to fight them, he'd rather die himself than kill his own brothers.

    [Edward to Jacob:] "I think of you as a… a brother in many ways. A comrade in arms, at the very least." (17.123)

    Edward means to say that, despite their differences, they've always fought on the same side together. They've always done their best to make Bella happy, and now they're both fighting for her to survive.

    [Leah to Jacob:] "But he's your best friend, Jake. He and Quil would rather stand behind you than face you in a fight." (13.285)

    Leah believes that Embry and Quil's friendship with Jacob is stronger than their loyalty to the pack and that they would even protect their enemies, the Cullens, just to be on Jacob's side.

    [Carlisle to Jacob:] "Jacob, you can't fight against your brothers… I didn't mean that you would be… incapable. But that it would be very wrong. I can't have that on my conscience." (14.110)

    Carlisle believes that it's wrong for Jacob to fight against his own kind. But he seems to be more concerned about his own conscience than Jacob's.

    [Bella:] The main thing was the end of the feud with Sam's pack… because the most absolute of the pack laws was that no wolf ever kill the object of another wolf's imprinting…The pain of such a thing would be intolerable. (23.32)

    Bella suggests that the pack has ended their feud and won't harm Renesmee because if they did, Jacob's pain would affect them all.

    [Bella:] They came with pageantry, with a kind of beauty. They came in a rigid formal formation. They moved together, but it was not a march; they flowed in perfect synchronicity… (36.1-2)

    Bella describes the Volturi's advance as "beautiful" because, despite their enormous numbers, they appear as one, powerful unit. If they'd arrived as a wild horde of bloodthirsty vampires, would they have appeared more frightening or powerful?

    [Bella:] I heard the beating of large hearts, closer than before. I risked glances to the left and the right… to see what had stopped the Volturi advance. The wolves had joined us. (36.24)

    Obviously the appearance of the wolves compromises the Volturi's confidence, because it introduces an element of surprise in their well-rehearsed battle plan.

    [Bella:] And we were going to lose. Abruptly, I was furious. Beyond furious, I was murderously enraged. My hopeless despair vanished entirely… all I wanted in this moment was a chance to sink my teeth into them… I could have danced around the pyre where they roasted alive. (36.28)

    When Bella realizes that everyone she loves will die, including her, the injustice of the situation fills her with so much rage that her feeling of powerlessness morphs into a death-defying urge to fight.

    [Bella:] This was the ploy. [Caius] had not wanted Irina's complaint; he had wanted her defiance. His excuse to destroy her, to ignite the violence that filled the air like a thick, combustible mist. He had thrown a match. (37.66)

    Bella realizes that Caius tried to start the war in a way that would pin the Cullens and their friends as the aggressors, and the Volturi as victims, forced to act in self-defense.

  • Language and Communication

    [Jacob:] It was really too bad he couldn't hear Bella's thoughts. Then he'd annoy the crap out of her, too, and she'd get tired of him. (13.83)

    Jacob believes that a large part of Bella's attraction to Edward lies in the fact that he can't read her thoughts. Does he have a point, and how might their relationship change if he could?

    [Edward to Jacob:] "I'm hearing you more clearly – it's a matter of familiarity and concentration… [Jacob:] It bugged me a little, but for no good reason, so I shrugged it off. (14.18)

    Now that Jacob has clearly taken sides with the Cullens in heart and in mind, Edward can hear his thoughts more clearly. The intimate mental connection with Edward makes Jacob uncomfortable, but "for no good reason." What might be a good reason, then?

    [Carlisle to Jacob:] "If you were in our shoes, how would you proceed?" (14.153)

    By asking Jacob for his opinion on hunting, Carlisle shows his respect for Jacob, and also intends to make him feel like part of the family.

    [Jacob:] "Occasionally, the mind-reading thing saved time. For example, maybe I wouldn't have to make a big production out of the accusation about what was going on with Charlie. Edward would hear exactly how furious –." (15.164)

    Jacob is glad that he can communicate his emotions to Edward instead of having to express himself out loud and discuss the matter in front of Bella.

    [Edward to Jacob:] "Go, Jacob. Get away from here." (16.258)

    After Edward reads Renesmee's thoughts to confirm that she's not monster, he also realizes the pain this revelation causes Jacob, and that being with the happy family might just break him. So he tells Jacob to leave.

    [Jacob:] I let the practical instincts take over, letting her feel that too. She hesitated for a second, but then, tentatively, she seemed to reach out with her mind and try to see it my way. (16.75)

    Jacob is able to communicate his natural killing instincts as a werewolf to Leah. Why might mind reading be a more effective tool in this instance than verbal explanations would be?

    [Edward to Jacob:] "He has one of the purest, sincerest, kindest, minds I've ever heard." (17.150)

    Edward can see that Seth is a person with no second agenda. He follows his heart and acts selflessly toward others.

    [Edward to Bella:] "The f" He swallowed. "It… the baby likes the sound of your voice… He's happy." (16.216)

    Edward discovers that he can hear the baby's thoughts and that the baby is doing fine. How might a mother's experience of pregnancy change if she could read her baby's thoughts?

    [Bella:] I felt irritated again, like Jacob was stealing my lines – and delivering them all wrong. (23.87)

    Bella has trouble accepting that Jacob loves Renesmee as much as she does and that he's in tune with her concerns about Renesmee.

    [Bella:] …I realized that most of the werewolves were unprotected. I was about to reach out to them when I realized that… if the Alpha was under my shield, the rest of their minds were every bit as protected as his. (37.15-16)

    Bella learns that, thanks to their mental connection, protecting their leader will protect the others from Jane's powers. Great. On the flipside, it's safe to assume that if Jane got to Sam, she would hurt the others as well.

  • Strength and Skill

    [Edward:] "She won't listen to me, because she thinks I'm underestimating her. She thinks she's strong enough for this." (9.180)

    Edward seems to think that Bella is trying to show him that she's stronger than he believes her to be. How much of her decision to have the baby while she is human might have to do with Bella's need to prove her human stamina to Edward?

    [Alice to Edward:] "You would be mortified, too, if you realized that you were handcuffed by your own nature." (19.145)

    Alice's self-confidence is closely tied to her special power of foreseeing the immediate future.

    [Bella:] The dust was so beautiful, I inhaled in shock. (20.5)

    Equipped with her new superior senses, Bella perceives the most ordinary things in the human world, like a speck of dust, as suddenly something extraordinary.

    [Bella:] My mind spun out, spiraling to my last human hour. Already, the memory seemed dim, like I was watching through a thick, dark veil because my human eyes had been half blind." (20.35)

    Bella believes that she has trouble remembering her human life, because her sensual perception of her surroundings was so dull compared to her superior senses as a vampire. But could there also be a disadvantage to her superior senses?

    [Bella to Edward]: "I guess my brain will never work right. At least I'm pretty." (20.187)

    Although Bella has changed into a vampire, she hasn't lost one of her core human personality traits: her self-deprecating attitude.

    [Bella:] …was I doomed to be useless? Just another easily dispatched newborn? (30.5)

    Although Bella is physically probably the strongest vampire in this battle, she's afraid that her inexperience in fighting will render as useless in a fight. This reiterates a recurring motif in the story – placing strategy over strength.

    [Jacob:] "If the Volturi won't stop to listen… we will stop them." [Tanya:] "Very brave, child, but that would be impossible for more experienced fighters than you are." (31.1-3)

    Tanya dismisses Jacob as a "child" who can't be taken seriously. Her attitude shows an arrogant superiority that many vampires feel toward werewolves. What values might her attitude be rooted in?

    [Bella:] But Kate insisted that I needed better motivation by which she meant my hatred of watching Edward's pain. I was beginning to doubt her assertion… that she wasn't sadistic about the use of her gift. (32.71)

    Bella realizes that Kate enjoys the power of inflicting pain on others. What does that say about Kate's character?

    [Edward to Bella:] "I doubt there's a shield on the planet who could keep her at bay… From what I've seen, no one can doubt the truth of [Renesmee's] thoughts... And I think no one can keep her from showing them, if she gets close enough." (34.154)

    Edward believes that Renesmee's ability to project her thoughts into other people's minds will overcome their prejudices against her and will force them to see the truth.

    [Bella:] That smug little smile did it. My fury peaked… I could taste the madness on my tongue – I felt it flow through me like a tidal wave of pure power… I threw my shield with all my force in my mind… ten times the distance… I set it free. (36.96)

    Bella's madness unleashes a power in her that enables her to set free the full expanse of her shield. Do you think that anger makes us stronger?

  • The Supernatural

    [Jacob to Bella:] "I'm out of practice with the whole human thing." (4.88)

    Jacob doesn't know how to be sensitive to human feelings anymore because he's spent so much time in werewolf form now.

    [Bella to Jacob:] "I'm not saying that things will work out easily, Jake. But how could I have lived through all that I've lived through and not believe in magic by this point?" (10.52)

    Bella believes that supernatural powers were responsible for the path her life has taken.

    [Jacob to Bella:] "It's a killer, Bella" […] [Bella:] "He's not. It's me. I'm just weak and human." (10.100)

    Bella assigns the reason for her pain or the nature of her condition to her inadequate human make-up, in order to accommodate a supernatural creature.

    [Bella to Jacob:] "You're supposed to be part of my life – I can feel that, and so can you." (15.154)

    Bella is convinced that Jacob and her are meant to be in each other's lives, even if it causes them pain right now.

    [Edward to Jacob:] "The myths could be easily the products of fear and imagination." (15.201)

    Edward thinks that much of what humans believe to be supernatural is just rooted in fear and superstition, so it's hard to distinguish the "real" myths from "human-made" ones.

    [Edward to Bella:] "Bella, you're behaving like you're decades rather than days old." (21.122)

    Bella's self-control seems supernatural even for the supernatural world. But how much of her self-control has to do with the fact that she made the choice to be a vampire, rather than was forced into it?

    [Seth to Bella:] "Lucky thing Ness–Renesmee's not venomous." (23.18)

    If Renesmee was venomous she could kill Jacob. Since he imprinted on her, that would be his death sentence – he can't stay away from her, dangerous or not.

    [Jasper:] "I can't understand. I can't bear this." (23.115)

    Jasper thought he had the rules of the supernatural world all figured out, but Bella has proved herself to be an exception. He has to face the reality that, vampire or not, he always had a choice on how to live his life, too.

    [Bella:] Renesmee was… sitting up on the floor with Rose and Emmett hovering over her, playing with a little pile of twisted silverware. She had a mangled spoon in her hand. (25.26)

    Bella watches Renesmee, playing on the floor with toys, just like any toddler – except that no normal tike would have the strength to bend silverware. Imagine Renesmee playing with humans her own age…

    [Bella:] [Charlie] glanced past me into the house; his eyes were a little wild for a minute as he stared around the big, bright room. Everyone was still there… There was no evidence that the day was coming to a close. (26.47)

    Charlie senses that the atmosphere in the room is supernatural, because no one in the room acknowledges that the end of the day is drawing near. So it's his human perception of time that tips him off.