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Breaking Dawn Summary

By Stephenie Meyer

Breaking Dawn Summary

Book 1: Bella

Breaking Dawn begins with another preface in which our narrator, Bella, once again faced with death. This time, though, it's a person she loves who's about to kill her. She decides that her love for that person leaves her no choice but to sacrifice her life.

Cut to: Bella driving her new Mercedes Guardian, an engagement present from Edward. She feels uncomfortable because everyone in town is staring at her. As she passes by "Missing" posters of Jacob, we learn that he disappeared after receiving her wedding announcement.

Bella recalls Charlie's reaction when she told him her decision to marry Edward. At first, he assumed she was pregnant. Later, both he and Renée admit that they knew it was coming. Bella and Edward tell them that after their honeymoon, they'll attend college at Dartmouth.

Bella reminds Edward that he promised to make love to her after their wedding. Edward expresses his sadness over the fact that she'll never be able to get pregnant with his child.

While Edward is out on a bachelor party hunt, Bella thinks about the mix of humans and vampires who will be at their wedding. The sisters from the Denali vampire clan are attending. She remembers Carlisle's story about their mother's death at the hands of the Volturi for creating an immortal child. The Volturi kill all immortal children in the vampire world, because their inability to control themselves threatens to expose the existence of vampires. The practice of transforming children into vampires is forbidden.

It's Bella's wedding day. Alice and Rosalie are getting Bella ready. Bella is nervous, but calms down when Charlie leads her down the aisle. Bella and Edward say "I do." Everyone congratulates the married couple, including members of the Quileute tribe.

Bella is surprised to see Jacob show up at the party. They dance together. Jacob teases Bella that she's not going on a "real" honeymoon. When he learns that she's planning to sleep with Edward, he loses his temper. Edward and Seth have to restrain him. His outburst causes Edward to second-guess his promise to Bella.

Edward and Bella spend their honeymoon on Isle Esme, an uninhabited island off the coast off Brazil. The island was a gift from Carlisle to Esme. Their first attempt at lovemaking leaves Bella with bruises and Edward with a guilty conscience, but she keeps pressing him, so they try again.

Days later, Bella realizes that she's pregnant and that her baby bump is growing at an unnatural rate. While she feels protective of whatever is growing inside her, Edward wants to get rid of "the thing." Bella secretly calls Rosalie for help. The newlyweds return home to Forks immediately.

Book 2: Jacob

The second part of the story is told from Jacob's point-of-view. He hears that Bella has returned from her honeymoon and that she's sick. Jacob believes that it's because she has become a vampire. He presses Sam and the werewolves to attack the Cullens for breaking the treaty. Sam resists, so Jacob goes to attack the Cullens on his own, with a special aim for Edward.

When Jacob sees Bella, he can tell that she's in great pain and is shocked to learn of her pregnancy. His initial rage at Edward subsides into confusion when Edward tells him of his plans to save Bella. The baby is killing her, but she won't let him abort it, and Rosalie acts as her bodyguard. Edward proposes an idea to Jacob that he give Bella what she wants in the form of a baby from Jacob. Jacob protests, but is intrigued by the idea, so he agrees to offer "his services" to Bella. Edward promises that if Bella dies, Jacob is free to kill him.

Bella politely rejects Jacob's offer. She plans on keeping her heart beating just long enough to give birth to her child and then to become a vampire. Confronted with Jacob's news, the werewolf pack decides that the unborn child poses un unknown threat, which needs to be destroyed, even if that means killing Bella to do so.

Enraged by Sam's decision, Jacob rises to the role he never wanted to have – that of the true alpha leader. He stands against Sam's orders and leaves the pack to protect Bella from them. Seth, who has become close friends with Edward, joins his side, followed by Leah, his sister.

Bella's condition is getting worse. On Jacob's spontaneous suggestion that the baby might crave blood, Bella starts drinking blood. The new diet not only makes her feel better, but it tastes good to her. Members of the pack appear to ask Jacob to come back, but to no avail. Against his will, Jacob's attitude toward the Cullen family softens.

The baby's accelerated growth causes Bella's bones to break, but Edward discovers that he can hear the baby's thoughts and that it loves Bella. Bella decides to name the baby Renesmee, if it's a girl. Edward is now taken with the baby too, and Jacob feels betrayed. He still believes the baby is a monster, slowly killing Bella. Desperate to get away from Bella's pull on him, Jacob tries to find a girl to imprint on, but has no luck.

Bella gives birth, but the baby breaks more of her bones and she loses massive amounts of blood. In order to save Bella's life, Edward changes her into a vampire. Jacob wants to kill the baby, but upon seeing the little girl's face, he imprints on her.

Book 3: Bella

The third section of Breaking Dawn shifts back to Bella's perspective. The preface foreshadows Bella in a big fight, outnumbered by the Volturi.

The action picks up from Jacob's narration of Bella giving birth. She catches a quick glimpse of the baby before her life slips way. At the last minute, Edward plunges a syringe of venom in her heart and she undergoes the hellish pains of her transformation into a vampire.

Bella awakens to a new world. Her senses are sharpened, she's beautiful, and she's strong. As a newborn vampire, she should be blood-thirsty, so the Cullen family won't let her see her baby. Although she can feel the thirst for blood burning in her lungs, Bella's will power and self-control prove so strong that they eventually let her see baby Renesmee. The baby needs her, too. When Bella learns that Jacob imprinted on her baby, she snaps and attacks him, but is restrained by Edward and Seth.

Esme has renovated a cottage on the property for Bella and Edward to give them some privacy. They again make love, which Bella enjoys even more as a vampire. She misses Charlie, yet is lost as to how to break the news of her transformation to him. Jacob takes the matter into his own hands by first exposing himself as a werewolf to Charlie. He tells him that Bella has also undergone an "unusual" change but wants to have him in her life, if he can handle it. Bella manages to control her blood thirst when Charlie visits. He falls in love with his "special" grandchild.

In a matter of weeks, Renesmee can talk and grows big enough to walk – and hunt. When Bella and Jacob take her on a hunting trip, Irina, a sister of the Denali clan, misidentifies Renesmee as an "immortal child," which is one of the highest crimes under Volturi law. Alice sees Irina telling the Volturi this news and predicts that they will come and destroy the Cullens. Shortly after, she disappears with Jasper.

Bella receives a note from Alice that leads her to a man named J. Jenkins. She asks him to create fake travel identification for Jacob and Renesmee, so they can flee together, in case none of the Cullens survive the fight against the Volturi.

To stop the Volturi, the Cullens call in their friends to witness that Renesmee is not an immortal child, but is half-human. Training for a possible fight against the vastly superior Volturi army, Bella discovers that she can use the power of her "private mind" as a shield that can expand to protect others from the mental powers of even the fiercest Volturi.

Upon confronting the Cullens and their allies, the Volturi discover that Irina was wrong, and they immediately execute her. However, they remain undecided on whether to consider Renesmee as a threat to the vampire world's secret existence. Enter Alice and Jasper with a young man named Nahuel, another vampire-human crossbreed. He demonstrates that the crossbreeds pose no threat. His immortality also puts Bella's worries about Renesmee's disturbing growth rate to rest. Faced with the evidence as well as Bella's powerful shield, the Volturi take their leave. Bella, Edward, and Renesmee return to their home in peace to live happily ever after.

  • Book 1, Preface

    • Once again, the story opens with our heroine and narrator, Bella Swan, at the brink of death.
    • This time, though, the person about to kill her is someone she loves. Bella decides that she has no other option but to sacrifice her life for that person.

  • Book 1, Chapter 1


    • The wedding bells are ringing for Bella and Edward. With the big day just a few days away, Bella drives through Forks in her "engagement gift" from Edward – a fancy Mercedes. She's embarrassed when people admire the car.
    • Passing through town, Bella sees "Missing" posters of Jacob that Charlie put up all around town. She calls Seth to see if he has heard from Jacob, but all he knows is that Jacob's off running around the Canadian wild.
    • Bella flashes back to the day when she and Edward told Charlie about their engagement. At first, he assumed that Bella was pregnant. She assured him she's not and Edward explained that, since they're going off to college at Dartmouth together, he didn't want to live "in sin" with Bella, but be a gentleman and marry her first. Charlie gives his blessing, but insists that Bella be the one to tell Renée. He obviously expects Renée to throw a tantrum over her daughter getting married at eighteen.
    • To both Bella and Charlie's surprise, Renée was not surprised. On the contrary, her motherly instincts told her it was coming. She even alleviated Bella's fears of acting irresponsible and immature: "You've never been a teenager, sweetie. You know what's best for you" (1.166). Soon after, Renée flew to Forks to help Esme plan the wedding.
    • Bella's mind returns to the present. She reflects on her sacrifices in marrying Edward and starting a life with him. Except for her human family she doesn't miss anything – well, except for her physical cravings for Edward. She longs for him to fulfill his promise of a making love to her during their honeymoon: "I wanted the complete experience before I traded in my warm, breakable, pheromone-riddled body…" (1.204).

  • Book 1, Chapter 2

    Long Night

    • Edward and Bella cuddle and kiss in her bed the night before their wedding. When Bella brings up Edward's promise to make love to her, he worries again that he'll hurt Bella and would rather make love to her after she has become a vampire. On the other hand, he confesses that he hates taking away her ability to have children and her human life. "I want to give you things, not take them away from you" (2.57). Bella tells him to stop being such a downer.
    • Emmett and Jasper interrupt their conversation to take Edward on a bachelor party/hunting trip.
    • Drifting off to sleep, Bella reflects on the volatile mix of wedding guests: humans, werewolves, and vampires. The Denali vampire sisters, Tanya and Kate, are expected to attend, but not Irina, who never got over the Cullens siding with the werewolves on killing Laurent.
    • Thinking about the Denali sisters, Bella remembers a story that Carlisle told her about their mother and the plague of immortal children.
    • A long time ago, vampires created immortal children out of human infants. Although they were beautiful and endearing, they lacked self-control and decimated entire villages in their thirst for blood. Their killing sprees endangered the secrecy of the vampire world, so the Volturi stepped in. A blood bath ensued in which entire vampire covens were destroyed as they tried to protect their immortal children.
    • The mother of the Denali clan created such an immortal child. The Volturi came for her and the child, but spared her daughters, because they didn't know of their existence.
    • Bella dreams of a beautiful immortal boy, surrounded by a horde of advancing Volturi. The child trembles with fear. She wants to save him, but she realizes the child is sitting on "a pile of human bodies, drained and lifeless" (2.128). She recognizes the faces of her school friends and parents. The child looks back at her with "bright, bloodred eyes."

  • Book 1, Chapter 3

    Big Day

    • Bella wakes up from her nightmare. She's disturbed that she had such a dream the night before her wedding, and tries to shake it off.
    • Alice takes Bella to the Cullen house to get her ready for the wedding. Bella still doesn't know where Edward is taking her on their honeymoon. Alice lets it slip that Bella will be on a plane, and she already packed her clothes for her. Knowing Alice's "risqué" taste, Bella takes the favor with a grain of salt. She refrains from looking into the mirror, because she believes she's going to look plain next to Edward.
    • During the beautification process, Renée and Charlie come to see Bella. They hand her a small, white box with her Grandma Swan's silver hair combs inside. Bella thanks them, very touched.
    • When Bella first sees Edward waiting for her at the altar, she has to control herself to not bolt into his arms:

      All I really saw was Edward's face… he broke into a breathtaking smile of exultation… Suddenly, it was only the pressure of Charlie's hand on mine that kept me from sprinting headlong down the aisle. (3.115-116).

    • Edward and Bella say their vows. At their request, the priest concludes with the line "as long as they both shall live." After they say, "I do," and kiss as husband and wife, their family and friends surround them to congratulate them.

  • Book 1, Chapter 4


    • As the wedding festivities proceed in full swing, Bella and Edward dance together in the garden of the Cullen residence. Edward notices a figure standing off in the dark of the surrounding forest. It's Jacob.
    • Bella and Jacob reunite. They dance together. Jacob tries his best to keep the conversation cheerful. He teases her about her honeymoon, because he believes that she can't have a "real" honeymoon since Edward is a vampire. When Bella responds that she fully intends to have a "real" honeymoon, Jacob loses his temper and grabs her roughly.
    • Edward steps in, supported by Sam, Quil (in wolf form), and Seth (in human form).
    • Edward and Bella return to the party. Jacob's reaction causes Edward to second-guess his agreement to try to make love to Bella, but Bella tells him to stop worrying: "You and me. That's the only thing that matters" (4.228).
    • When it's time to go, Alice, Esme, and Renée help Bella change out of her wedding dress. Bella uses this moment to say good-bye to her mother. On the way out, she also bids farewell to Charlie:

      My father and mother could not be allowed to see me again; I would be too different, and much, much too dangerous. (4.280)

    • As Edward and Bella drive to the airport to embark on their honeymoon, Bella hears the heartbreaking howl of a wolf growing fainter and fainter in the distance.

  • Book 1, Chapter 5

    Isle Esme

    • After several stops aboard a plane, Edward and Bella end up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, Edward and Bella take a taxi to a harbor, where they board a fancy yacht. The yacht brings them to an uninhabited island called Isle Esme – a gift from Carlisle to Esme. They settle into the beautiful vacation villa on the island.
    • Bella struggles to hide her nervousness about what's to come: Edward making love to her. Edward invites her to swim with him at midnight. After much procrastinating, Bella arrives at the beach. She sees Edward's clothes hanging on a tree, and follows his example. She walks into the water and they embrace.
    • The next morning, Bella wakes up happy and fulfilled until she meets Edward's tortured gaze. He makes her aware of the bruises now covering her body. Bella insists that she expected complications and feels perfectly fine. In fact, she's convinced that human life doesn't get any better than this. But Edward keeps blaming himself, despite his admission that this night was also the "best night of his existence" (5.170).
    • He also tells her that he asked Carlisle and his brothers about what to expect when making love as a vampire. (Edward, the 100-year-old virgin…)
    • Taking stock of the room, Bella notices that Edward has torn apart the pillows and covered her in feathers. She suddenly feels hungry, so Edward makes her breakfast, and she eats for two. When she kisses Edward later, he retreats and tells her, "I will not make love with you until you've been changed. I will never hurt you again" (5.220).

  • Book 1, Chapter 6


    • To distract Bella from wanting to have sex, Edward fills the day with plenty of physical activity, which causes Bella to eat a lot and sleep a lot. And during the time in between those things, she schemes on how to get Edward to make love to her again. Knowing how much he values her human life, she promises him to stay human for at least another year if he'll make love to her again. No luck.
    • Bella has recurring nightmares about the immortal boy, threatened by the Volturi. In her dreams, she has no option but to save him. She keeps her nightmare a secret from Edward to keep from upsetting him.
    • One night, Bella awakes from a vivid dream of her and Edward making love. She begs him, her desire bordering on sheer pain, until he can no longer resist her. They make love. This time Edward manages to not harm or bruise Bella. He explains that now that he knows what to expect, he finds it easier to control himself.
    • While Edward and Bella watch a movie, the cleaning staff, Kaure and Gustavo, arrives. Kaure seems to know Edward's "nature." She believes he's a "blood-drinking demon who preys exclusively on beautiful women" (6.184). Obviously, she thinks that Edward's no good for Bella.

  • Book 1, Chapter 7


    • Bella again dreams about the Volturi advancing on her. For the first time, she doesn't feel fear. "I was hungry for it. I wanted them to charge" (7.4). She awakens to find that Edward has left to go hunting. She's again filled with cravings for food, but then feels sick afterwards.
    • In the morning, Bella still feels nauseous. She also realizes that her period is late. She puts two and two together: the sleeping, eating, and baby dreams, and then she discovers a "small but defined bump" on her stomach.
    • Oops! Could that mean she's pregnant? But how? Replaying her research about vampire legends in her mind, she remembers one story that mentioned the ability of male vampires to procreate with female humans. That's when the bump nudges her.
    • Alice calls, because she "saw" Bella and her bump. Since Edward is frozen with shock, Bella speaks with Carlisle, who tells her to return home at once. Edward comes back to his senses, promising Bella that they'll get rid of that "thing" as soon as they get home. Bella thinks of the child as their baby, "with Edward's eyes… lying fair and beautiful in my arms" (7.143).
    • Kaure arrives with dinner. She witnesses Bella throwing up in the sink, and notices her baby bump. She launches a tirade at Edward in a foreign language. Edward asks Kaure questions, and by the end of the conversation, he's in severe pain and agony. Before Kaure leaves, she places her hand on Bella's stomach and sighs "morte" – meaning "death" in Portuguese.
    • Afraid that Edward will hurt the baby, Bella secretly calls Rosalie for help before a boat picks them up to start their journey home.

  • Book 2, Preface

    • In Book 2, Jacob is our narrator.
    • Jacob's section starts out with a quote, launching us right into Jacob's mindset and narrative style: Life sucks, and then you die.

  • Book 2, Chapter 8

    Waiting For The Fight To Start Already

    • Jacob and Paul hang out at Jacob's house. During their conversation, we learn that Paul imprinted on Jacob's sister, Rachel, when she visited at the end of the summer. Another one down. Four out of ten pack members have now imprinted.
    • Jacob's thoughts run wild with scenarios of how Bella and Edward will break the news of her "death" to Charlie. He holds Edward responsible for Bella's choice to become a vampire, and works himself into such a rage until all he can think of is to kill Edward. But Sam, the Alpha wolf, decided the wolves wouldn't attack without a clear breach of treaty by the Cullens.
    • Down at the beach, Jacob comes across Quil and Claire. Quil describes what he did for Claire's third birthday. Quil has imprinted on Claire, and their mutual love for each other is obvious. When Jacob asks Quil if he's ever considered dating, Quil explains that he's not interested in other girls anymore. "I don't see their faces" (8.104).
    • When Quil suggests to him to start dating, though, Jacob responds with the same answer. He sees no one but Bella.
    • Alarmed by Sam's howl, the wolves gather in the forest. They learn that Bella's dad, Charlie, called Jacob's father, Billy Black, to tell him that Bella had returned home early from her honeymoon, sick with some rare disease.
    • Convinced that the disease is just an excuse for Bella's transformation into a vampire, Jacob calls the wolves to attack. Once again, Sam orders them to wait until they have evidence.
    • Jacob defies Sam's orders, challenging him to make him "a slave." Sam lets him go and Jacob takes off to fight the Cullens alone. "Nope, the pack wasn't attacking anyone today. But I was" (8.219).
  • Book 2, Chapter 9

    Sure As Hell Didn't See That One Coming

    • When Jacob stops by his house on the way to the Cullens' place, Billy senses Jacob's plans. He asks his son to leave Bella and the Cullens alone. But Jacob races on his motorcycle toward the Cullen house, dead set on killing Edward and as many of the other Cullens as possible.
    • To his surprise, when Jacob reaches the Cullen house, he sees Bella is still a human. She does look very sick, though. "There were deep circles under her eyes… her face was haggard…a sheen of sweat covered her skin…" (9.86). He's confused to see that Rosalie seems to act as Bella's bodyguard, because Rosalie never liked her before. Edward, meanwhile, looks "tortured."
    • When Jacob presses Bella for answers, she reveals her pregnant body. Jacob is horrified:

      I didn't want to see this…didn't want to imagine him inside her… because whatever was inside her was taking her life to feed its own. (9.115-116)

    • Edward asks Jacob to step outside. Jacob's hate for him subsides at the sight of Edward's pain. "This was the face a man would have if he were burning at the stake" (9.138). Edward confirms that "the thing" inside of Bella is killing her, but that Bella won't abort it. Rosalie is acting as her bodyguard.
    • To convince Bella to give up the baby, Edward presses Jacob to offer to make a baby with her instead, since he's not a vampire. Jacob admits to himself that it sounds "so messed up," yet "so tempting."
    • He doesn't really think Bella will go for it. He agrees to try, though. In turn, Edward promises that Jacob can kill him if they fail to convince Bella and she ends up dying from giving birth.

  • Book 2, Chapter 10

    Why Didn't I Just Walk Away? Oh Right, Because I'm an Idiot

    • Back inside the Cullen house, Jacob tries to talk Bella into saving herself by aborting the pregnancy. Bella believes that she'll be strong enough to keep her heart beating until she gives birth to the child as a human, followed by "emergency vampirization."
    • When Jacob hints at "his offer," she rejects him. Hurt, Jacob leaves, determined that he needs to "quit Bella cold turkey" before the pain of being near her can kill him.
    • Jacob rejoins the werewolf pack. They've been informed of the news through his thoughts. Their overall consensus is: "Unnatural. Monstrous. An abomination" (10.193).
    • Sam decides that the child poses a danger and needs to be killed, even if that means killing Bella. He plans a surprise attack.
    • Seth and Jacob are unwilling to fight against the Cullens, but Sam forces them to obey. "No member of the pack could refuse the Alpha" (10.205).

  • Book 2, Chapter 11

    The Two Things At The Very Top Of My Things-I-Never-Want-To-Do List

    • As Sam assigns each member of the pack someone to fight against in the Cullen family, Jacob realizes he has a choice after all: "I had not been born to kneel to him."
    • Jacob takes his natural position of the Alpha – a position he had conceded to Sam, because he didn't want to be a leader at that time. Sam feels betrayed and accuses him of choosing his enemies over his family. But Jacob ditches the tribe and takes off to warn the Cullens.
    • Jacob is now an Alpha without a pack. But not for long. Seth joins Jacob to protect the Cullens, despite Jacob's desperate attempts to make him go back to the pack. They realize that now that there are two alphas, they can't hear the thoughts of Sam's pack.
    • After Jacob and Seth warn the Cullens of Sam's decision to attack, Seth patrols the perimeter. Jacob sees Bella lying in a hospital bed, connected to an IV. Her condition has obviously worsened.

  • Book 2, Chapter 12

    Some People Just Don't Grasp The Concept Of "Unwelcome"

    • Much to their frustration, Leah joins Jacob and Seth. Although she's not fan of vampires, she claims she needs to look after Seth, her younger brother. Plus, she's excited to be away from Sam's pack, because she still suffers from being his "pathetic ex-girlfriend."
    • Leah reveals that Sam plans to first talk to the Quileute tribe elders before launching an attack.
    • At the Cullen house, Carlisle thanks Jacob for protecting their family. He explains to Jacob that Bella is like a daughter to him. He believes that the right thing to do is to respect her decision to have the baby.
    • Carlisle explains that he discovered that the genetic make-up of vampires and humans is more similar than he thought, which made it possible for Bella and Edward to produce a baby.
    • He also reveals to Jacob that the baby is destroying her because her body rejects any form of nutrition to feed the fetus. Jacob muses that the baby probably wants blood instead of food.
    • Hearing Jacob's thoughts, Edward suggests that they try feeding Bella human blood. Since he's a doctor, Carlisle has a large supply of donated blood in the house. Bella takes her first vampire-ish act with humor: "Practice for the future, right?" (12.221).

  • Book 2, Chapter 13

    Good Thing I've Got A Strong Stomach

    • Carlisle and Rosalie bring Bella a cup of blood to drink. To everyone's surprise – including Bella's – the blood smells and tastes good to her.
    • Although Jacob watches with disgust, he acknowledges that the blood manages to make her feel better. After two cups, Bella finds the strength to sit up. Color returns to her cheeks, and she craves food again.
    • Edward invites Jacob to stay at the house and rest, but Jacob declines his offer.
    • Alarmed by howls from Leah and Seth, he morphs into his wolf form and runs to meet them. They inform him that members of Sam's pack are approaching.
    • Jared, in human form, accompanied by Quil, Paul, and Collin in wolf form, emerges from the forest. Jared tries to convince Jacob, Seth, and Leah to return to Sam's pack. He explains that the tribal elders see no immediate danger in the baby, yet.
    • Jared also tries to manipulate Seth by telling him that his mother is broken-hearted about his decision, but Seth isn't buying it.
    • Jared then tries to convince Leah to come back by suggesting that Sam misses her. Leah doesn't go for the bait either.
    • Jacob reminds Jared that Leah's able to make her own choices on where she belongs and that both Seth and Leah are with him by their own free will.
    • When Jared asks Jacob if he's planning on hanging out with the parasites forever, Jacob explains that he's not just protecting Bella, but is also there to protect "those who should be protected" (13.223), which includes the Cullens.
    • Jacob also reveals that, now that he's an Alpha, he won't be able to come back to the pack, because two Alphas in one pack are just a recipe for disaster. He still considers the rest of the pack "family," but advises Jared that they keep to their land to avoid a fight. When Jared asks if "their land" means that Jacob now claims vampire land for his pack, he says he's homeless for now.
    • Jacob also learns that his close friends, Quil and Embry, suffer from the separation and want to jump ship, although Jared doesn't want to admit it.

  • Book 2, Chapter 14

    You Know Things Are Bad When You Feel Guilty For Being Rude To Vampires

    • Back at the Cullen home, Jacob finds a stack of nice clothes left for him.
    • Inside the Cullens' home, he finds Bella still in bed, but looking much better now. She's overjoyed to see him. Her display of affection pains Jacob, because it only makes it harder for him to wean himself off of her.
    • Jacob tells Edward that the other pack has no immediate intentions to attack.
    • While Rosalie seizes any opportunity to insult Jacob (which goes both ways), Edward takes Jacob aside to tell him that Esme and Carlisle are concerned about the hardships Jacob has to endure for their sake. Esme, in particular, has pressed Edward to open their home up to Jacob and his pack, and to offer them accommodation, food, and clothes. Jacob is taken aback by the generosity, but politely declines the offer.
    • When they return to the house, they learn the baby's rapid growth and strength has caused one of Bella's ribs to break.
    • While the other Cullens take Bella upstairs to get an X-ray, Jacob meets Alice downstairs. When he asks her why she has stayed away from Bella, she confides to him that the fetus gives her a headache because she can't "see" it, and Bella's attachment to it makes her picture blurry. That's why she seeks Jacob's presence – he at least makes her completely blind. When she points to the similarities between Jacob and the fetus, he gets mad at her.
    • After an exhausted sleep, Jacob wakes up to find Bella recovered again. Seth is eating breakfast and has his arm around her, which makes Jacob jealous. He chides Seth for eating without inviting Leah, although they both know that Leah wouldn't touch vampire food.
    • Jacob decides to go hunting with Leah. Before he leaves, Carlisle asks him if it's safe for his family to go hunting as well. Jacob tells him that the Cullens should all go hunt together, to be on the safe side, in case Sam launches a surprise attack.
    • Carlisle explains to Jacob that he can't leave him behind with Bella, because he doesn't want Jacob fighting against his brothers. So Carlisle decides that his family will split up in groups.
    • Esme offers Jacob a big dish of food. Her kindness touches him and he admits to himself that Esme reminds him of his mom:

      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)

    • Esme also gives him a plate of food and clothes for Leah. At first, Jacob thinks about getting rid of it, but then he decides to try his luck with Leah for Esme's sake.

  • Book 2, Chapter 15

    Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock

    • Jacob meets up with Leah. She, of course, rejects Esme's food and clothes. Jacob eats his share, though, "not because it smelled irresistible away from the vampire burn, but to set a good example of self-sacrificing tolerance for Leah" (15.12).
    • Seth meets up with them after sweeping the perimeter. Everything is clear.
    • When Jacob decides to tell the Cullens to leave Forks in order to get Bella out of danger, Seth informs him that Bella broke another rib and that she depends on the medical access and blood supply at the Cullen house. She's also taken up contact with Charlie, assuring him that she's on the mend. Jacob is outraged by her lies, because he thinks she's giving Charlie false hopes.
    • When Jacob visits Bella at the house, she looks fragile and weak but is happy to see him. Rosalie and Jacob start bickering with each other again. When Edward asks her to bring Jacob some food, she serves it to him in a dog dish.
    • Jacob asks Bella if she has a due date for the little monster. She tells them that, according to Carlisle's calculations, she has about four days left. Jacob realizes that he's glad she's not leaving, and that her pull on him has become stronger. "Almost like it was related to her expanding belly" (15.124).
    • Bella tells Jacob that only with him being there, her family feels complete. "You're supposed to be part of my life – I can feel that, and so can you" (15.154). Jacob tells her he'd prefer that she didn't care about him at all, because he suffers being around her.
    • After Bella falls asleep, Jacob confronts Edward about the lies that Bella has been telling Charlie. Edward explains that she couldn't bear his anxiety about her condition. She hopes that there's a way for her to have a relationship with Charlie after her transformation and banks on Charlie drawing his own, false conclusions about her changed appearance. Jacob thinks they're all insane.
    • Edward then reveals to Jacob that the baby might not be the first of its kind, and that he sent Emmett and Jasper to research legends in South America that might help with the situation Bella is in.
    • Rosalie, however, points out that, according to the stories, no human females ever survived giving birth, because they lacked the knowledge and the medical and familial support the Cullens have been offering. She believes that they'll be able to deliver the baby safely.
    • Rosalie's continued emphasis on the baby's needs infuriates Jacob and he throws his dog dish at her head. The rest of the Cullens appear to be on his side in the matter.
    • When Bella wakes up, she's in pain because the baby's stretching. She compares its growth spurt with Jacob's once his werewolf gene was triggered. This causes Edward and Carlisle to discuss the similar genetics between the baby and Jacob, plus the fact that Alice can't see either of them. Jacob tries hard to deny any similarities between the baby and himself.

  • Book 2, Chapter 16


    • Jacob, Seth, and Leah patrol the woods. Leah quips about the "bloodsuckers" while Jacob and Seth ignore her. She remarks that Jacob has pulled a "one-eighty" in his feelings toward the Cullens. Jacob replies that she has as well.
    • Alone, Leah suddenly thanks Jacob for letting her stay in his pack. He admits that she hasn't been as much of a pain as he first thought. When Leah reveals that she plans on staying with him, though, Jacob is speechless. From afar, Seth communicates telepathically that he wants to stay as well.
    • Jacob explains to them that, after this whole affair, he'll go wolf full-time and that he wants them to have a real life.
    • Leah agrees with Jacob that Seth needs to go to school in La Push. But her situation is different – she has always planned to leave, and so begs Jacob to let her stay with him. Jacob puts off an answer, saying he has to think about it.
    • On their way back, Jacob hears Seth grudgingly accept his responsibility to stay in La Push and take care of his mom. But the idea of being alone with Leah scares him. "I couldn't imagine the… the intimacy of that situation" (16.72). When they come upon a herd of deer, Jacob helps Leah let her natural killing instincts take over.
    • Jacob warns Leah that he won't be much fun to be around once Bella is gone. But Leah tells him that his pain will be easier for her to deal with than her own. She says that Bella is his Sam. "She's everything you want and everything you can't have" (16.89). She understands his pain and wants to help him through it, not make it worse.
    • Jacob admits to himself that her more objective mind helps him gain perspective on his situation. He loses his temper, though, when she claims to understand Rosalie's outlook as well. "I'm talking about being a genetic dead-end, Jacob" (16.109).
    • Jacob calms down, remembering how the male wolves all avoided Leah's "female troubles" after her transformation. She realized that her body didn't follow normal patterns anymore and that she would never be able to get pregnant. Leah fears that it means she's a freak.
    • It doesn't help that none of the werewolves has imprinted on her yet. Jacob argues that imprinting is just another way of getting your choices taken away from you. But Leah counters saying that, if he imprinted, he wouldn't feel hurt about Bella anymore. Touché!
    • At the Cullen home, Jacob learns that Bella's pelvis may be broken too. Yet, she pulls herself together in Jacob's presence.
    • Jacob tells Carlisle that they're now safe to hunt. Carlisle divides up the family, but Rosalie insists that she won't leave Bella alone with Edward. She says she'll hunt when he does. The rest of the family takes off hunting.
    • Jacob keeps insulting Rosalie. Bella orders him to quit it.
    • When Rosalie leaves to get Bella another cup of blood, Edward suddenly perks up. He asks what she's thinking, and then asks her to speak. He gets up and places his hand over Bella's pregnant belly. He realizes he can hear the baby's thoughts, and he tells Bella that the baby "absolutely adores you."
    • Jacob notices that the pain in Edward's eyes is gone. Bella tells Edward that if the baby is a girl, she wants to name her "Renesmee" – a mix of Renée and Esme.
    • Witnessing the change of atmosphere and the happy family before him, Jacob realizes he's all alone now. Before connecting with the baby, Edward was his comrade-in-arms, hating the "monster." Now he's a proud father. Jacob feels betrayed.
    • Edward sees Jacob's pain and knows he needs to be alone. So he throws him a set of keys and tells him to go.

  • Book 2, Chapter 17

    What Do I Look Like? The Wizard Of Oz? You Need A Brain? You Need A Heart? Go Ahead. Take Mine. Take Everything I Have

    • In the Cullen garage, Jacob's surprised to find that the keys are for the fancy Aston Martin Vanquish. This changes his plans of utterly destroying the car in his rage. So, instead, he drives out and then catches a glimpse of Leah. As Jacob races along the highway, he believes he sees his friend Quil running parallel to the road and then disappear again.
    • Jacob decides to follow Leah's advice and try to imprint to get away from Bella. He heads to Seattle in the faint hope of finding his soul mate there.
    • In Seattle, Jacob meets a cute girl named Lizzie. She seems genuinely concerned about him but, in talking to her, Jacob realizes there's no magic solution. He accepts his painful situation with Bella. Nevertheless, he dreads returning to the Cullens' place, until he realizes that Leah and Seth are there waiting for him.
    • Back at the house, Jacob learns that, after Leah saw him leave all upset, she gave Bella a piece of her mind about how badly Bella's been treating Jacob.
    • Edward asks Jacob to control Leah. He won't allow anyone to cause Bella any more pain than she's in already. Jacob reassures him that Leah already got her feelings off her chest, but that he'll make sure that Bella knows he has no hard feelings towards her.
    • Edward reveals to Jacob that he's been reading the child's thoughts and that it's not trying not to harm Bella. Due to the baby's accelerated growth, though, he wants to have it delivered as soon as Carlisle returns.
    • Lastly, Edward asks Jacob, as the rightful heir of Ephraim Black (the last chief of the Quileute, who signed the treaty with the Cullens) to approve of Bella's emergency vampirization in case she won't be able to survive the birth of the child as a human. He also wants to be sure that it won't result in the breaking of the treaty. Edward explains to Jacob that the Cullens never intended to break the treaty – but that, to ensure Bella's survival, they would.
    • Jacob visits Bella and she apologizes for hurting him. Looking at her, Jacob realizes that she's everything that he'd been looking for in his trip to Seattle.
    • He struggles with Edward's request: "Tomorrow, she'd be my enemy or she'd be my ally. And, apparently, that distinction was up to me" (17.177). Jacob decides to give Bella's change his blessing.
    • Bella gets on her feet and accidentally drops her cup of blood. She bends to catch it when a muffled rip is heard. She gasps, goes limp, and lets out a blood-curdling scream. Rosalie catches her.

  • Book 2, Chapter 18

    There Are No Words For This

    • Rosalie carries Bella upstairs, her body violently twitching. Edward gives her some morphine while Alice calls Carlisle. Bella screams for them to get the baby out. It appears that her placenta has detached and that the baby's now suffocating.
    • Before the morphine can spread, Rosalie cuts into Bella's skin. Transfixed by the blood, Rosalie's killer instincts take over. Jacob tackles her and Alice drags her outside.
    • Jacob and Edward hear another loud crack coming from Bella's body. Her spine has broken, thereby paralyzing her legs. While Jacob performs CPR, he reminds Bella of her promise to stay alive.
    • He watches Edward biting through the vampire skin that's surrounding the baby. He then hears Edward whisper "Renesmee." Bella holds the girl for a few seconds before she gasps in pain and Edward takes the child away – the baby bit its mother in her chest.
    • Bella's heart stops. Jacob performs CPR – in vain. Jacob yells at Edward to change Bella into a vampire.
    • Edward asks him to take the baby, but Jacob tells him to "throw it out the window." He doesn't want anything to do with it, much less see it. Rosalie returns and takes the baby instead. Jacob notices the baby's mysterious fluttering heart beat as Rosalie carries it away.
    • Edward stabs Bella with a syringe full of his venom while Jacob keeps performing CPR. Edward covers Bella's body with bite marks, then licks them to seal her injuries with venom, which can then help them heal.
    • When Bella's heart fails to start beating again, Jacob believes that she's dead: "…there was nothing there, just me, just him" (18.83). He no longer feels the pull to be near Bella, but instead feels a strange urge to get away from her.
    • Edward maintains she's still alive and keeps pushing her heart faster than Jacob.
    • On his way out, Jacob sees Rosalie feeding blood to the baby. Rage and hate fills him. "Sam had been right. The thing was an aberration… Something that had to be destroyed" (18.106).
    • Jacob realizes that the pull brought him here to this creature. He believes that he needs to kill it to avenge Bella's death. Not only that, but he resolves to take down as many Cullen family members as he can along with it.
    • Jacob is about to strike, when the baby turns to look at him. "Warm brown eyes, the color of milk chocolate – the exact shape that Bella's had been" (18.135). His shaking anger suddenly morphs into an internal glowing heat. As Jacob stares at the baby's face, all ties in his life come undone and wrap around one thing in his universe: Renesmee, the newborn baby.
    • That instant, he hears the frantic pounding of Bella's "changing heart" upstairs.

  • Book 3, Preface

    • Bella finds herself in a nightmare-turned-reality: she's facing the Volturi on the field of battle, completely outnumbered.
    • Her hopeless desperation suddenly changes into a fierce bloodlust. She crouches and prepares to attack.

  • Book 3, Chapter 19


    • Bella's narration picks up the moment after she bends over to retrieve her cup of blood and is suddenly overcome with extreme pain:

      I felt like I was being sawed in half, hit by a bus, punched by a prize fighter, trampled by bulls, and submerged in acid. (19.6)

    • She hears that her placenta is detached and yells at Edward to deliver the baby. As they're working on her, she slips in and out of consciousness. She remembers her promise to both Edward and Jacob to keep her heart beating, but she just feels numb.
    • When Edward whispers, "Renesmee," Bella feels a flood of warmth for her daughter and asks to hold her. "She was even more beautiful than her father. Impossible" (19.41).
    • Suddenly, the new mom feels pain again, and that the baby is taken away from her before Bella descends into blackness. She fights the blackness, realizing that if she was only fighting for herself, she would let go, but for all the people she loves, especially her baby, she has to fight and survive.
    • Even though Bella can't see, she feels her body beginning to warm. The heat around her heart slowly increases until her whole body seems to burn in a raging fire. She wants to scream, but can't move her lips or any other part of her body.
    • She realizes that the morphine doesn't numb the pain of her transformation, but instead makes her a prisoner of it. She's glad that Edward can't read her mind so he won't know how much she's suffering.
    • Caught in the painful transitioning of her body, Bella hears a discussion between Carlisle and Edward. Edward worries that Bella isn't coming back to consciousness. Although Bella is actually fully conscious, she refrains from speaking, afraid to lose control and show Edward just how much pain she's in.
    • Alice comes into the room, marveling over Bella's beauty. They all agree to keep the baby away from Bella, which really upsets her.
    • After a final rush of pain sends Bella's heart into a frenzied helicopter-like beat, the fire stops, along with her heart. Bella opens her eyes to her new world.

  • Book 3, Chapter 20


    • Bella takes in her surroundings through her new, superior vampire eyes. For the first time she sees the complex beauty of things, even simple dust particles. All her senses are sharpened.
    • When Edward touches her for the first time, she's shocked because his touch feels warm. She realizes they're the same temperature now.
    • The Cullens form a protective stance around Bella, and it takes her a moment to understand that she's the danger. "I was a newborn vampire…Human emotions and longings would come back to me later in some form" (20.43).
    • Still struggling with her new "self," her eyes come upon Edward. She's swept away by his true beauty. Bella goes to hug him, and he steps back, because her strength is hurting him.
    • She realizes, though, that she still has her human longings. She tells Edward she loves him. Her voice shimmers like a bell. They kiss:

      It as like he'd never kissed me – like this was our first kiss. And, in truth, he'd never kissed me this way before. (20.66).

    • When Carlisle asks her how her transformation went using the morphine, she lies to him about the pain she felt.
    • Carlisle encourages her to go hunting, since she must be starving with thirst. His words bring the dry ache in her throat to the forefront of her mind. Edward urges her to go hunting, but Bella wants to see Renesmee first. Edward explains that Renesmee is half-human and that Bella's instincts pose a danger for the baby. When she hears that Jacob is still here, she's surprised.
    • Before they go hunting, Alice wants Bella to admire her new looks in a mirror. Bella's first reaction is fascination with the beautiful creature now looking back at her in the mirror, followed by the horrified question:

      Who was she? At first glance, I couldn't find my face anywhere in the smooth, perfect planes of her features. And her eyes! Though I'd know to expect them, her eyes still sent a thrill of terror through me. (20.153).

    • Jasper is amazed at the control Bella has over her emotions, but still doesn't trust her. He wants her to go hunting, because he's afraid she'll snap at any minute.

  • Book 3, Chapter 21

    First Hunt

    • After Edward assures Bella that Renesmee is safe with Jacob downstairs, he asks Bella to jump out the second floor window instead of exiting through the front door. She stalls at first, because everyone's watching her. When she finally does it, even Edward is amazed by her gracefulness – even in the tight dress and silly stilettos Alice gave her to wear.
    • Bella and Edward bound and leap through the forest hand in hand. Bella worries about harming the trees. She rips her dress on both sides to allow for more movement. She flies across, farther than Edward, having a grand time discovering her new abilities.
    • Edward reminds her to focus: they're on a hunting trip, after all. He takes off and tells Bella to follow. She finds it hard to listen to him, because she's so distracted by her physical attraction to him – something she thought she'd lose as a newborn.
    • Edward suggests that they go after elk for her first hunt. Bella doesn't care. Once her mind shifts to her thirst, that desire consumes her mind.
    • Edward teaches Bella to find the elk by using her hearing and her sense of smell. Once she perceives the elk's smell, she finds it unappealing. Edward admits that it will take some getting used to.
    • Bella is about to launch at a male elk when the wind shifts and a human scent catches her nostrils. She hurtles after the scent, compelled by single-minded killer instinct. She realizes she's being followed and turns to confront the pursuer. The snarling sound emerging from her throat brings her up short.
    • The wind shifts, taking with it the temptation of the sweet human scent, and she realizes with sudden clarity that she's not only been hunting a human, but that she almost attacked Edward. She tells him she needs to get away. She holds her breath and runs north, away from the human temptation.
    • Edward catches up with Bella. He's amazed that she was able to stop herself just then:

      You shouldn't be able to do any of this. Bella, you're behaving like you're decades rather than days old. (21.122)

    • Bella admits to Edward that she still feels as attracted to him as she did before. When Edward mentions that she must be thirsty, her thirst comes to the forefront again and she focuses on hunting.
    • She attacks a mountain lion – an easy, but messy, kill. She compliments Edward on his ability to kill so gracefully.
    • Now that Bella's thirst is quenched, and she feels more in control, she demands to see Renesmee.

  • Book 3, Chapter 22


    • On their way back from the woods, Bella asks Edward to tell her about their daughter. Edward describes their baby as unique and says that she possesses attributes from them both. Bella can't help feeling jealous that Edward knows the baby so well.
    • Edward also tells Bella that Renesmee is warm-blooded, just a bit above human temperature and that her heartbeat is a little faster. He hints at her special ways of communicating, but doesn't elaborate.
    • Bella also senses that there's some secret as to Jacob's relationship with the baby that Edward's keeping from her.
    • Jacob volunteers to be the first human to face Bella to test if she's ready to see Renesmee. Jacob seems to accept the new Bella, launching right into their usual playful banter. "I gotta say it, Bells. You're a freak show" (22.58). Turning serious, he adds that she's still the Bella he knows, even though she looks a little different.
    • Now that Bella has passed the test, she's allowed into the house. The whole family stands guard, as Bella approaches Rosalie, who's holding her baby.
    • Bella is startled by her daughter's beauty, but she also realizes that the baby is twice the size of what she remembered. Upon seeing her mother, Renesmee reaches out to Bella. When the family still hesitates, Edward tells them about Bella's composure in the woods when they crossed a human scent. Everyone is stunned, especially Jasper.
    • When Renesmee starts to cry for Bella, reaching for her, something clicks in Bella and she reacts as any mother would. She takes her daughter into her arms. Although Jacob allows Bella to hold her, he doesn't let go of the baby.
    • When the baby touches Bella's face, Bella sees images of herself after giving birth to Renesmee. When the baby drops her hand from Bella's face, the images disappear. Edward explains that Renesmee can show her thoughts to others by touching their face. He believes that Renesmee was trying to show Bella that she knows Bella is her mother.
    • Bella tells Renesmee that she remembers her too and kisses her gently on the forehead.
    • Jacob cuts the reunion short by saying they have pushed Bella enough. Annoyed, Bella demands to know what his deal is with Renesmee. As she looks at him – an image of serenity as he's with the baby – it all falls into place. She realizes that Jacob has imprinted on her daughter.
    • Bella snaps. Edward restrains her and orders Rosalie to take Renesmee from the room. Seth and Leah appear as wolves to protect Jacob. Jacob claims that there was nothing he could do and mentions, in his defense, that it was Bella who said that her family wasn't complete without him.
    • Bella doesn't care. She tells him to leave immediately and to leave Renesmee alone. Jacob responds: "C'mon, Bells! Nessie likes me, too" (22.261).
    • The fact that Jacob nicknamed her beloved daughter after the Loch Ness Monster puts Bella over the top. She lunges for Jacob's throat.

  • Book 3, Chapter 23


    • Seth is hurt. We learn that he jumped in front of Bella as she attacked Jacob, ending up with a broken collarbone and shoulder in the process. Edward apologizes for Bella, but won't let her apologize for acting like a newborn. Carlisle patches up Seth, assuring Bella and Edward that he'll be fine in no time.
    • Edward and Carlisle fill Bella in on what she missed during her transformation The feud with the werewolf pack has been resolved, as the number one rule in the pack states that no wolf can harm another wolf's imprint. That means that Renesmee is untouchable and will be protected by the wolves.
    • Also, since Jacob, as the "rightful Alpha," allowed Bella's transformation, the treaty remains intact. It also turned out that the alphas of each pack (Sam and Jacob) can communicate with each other in wolf form, yet they can decide which thoughts they wish to share.
    • As much as Bella is grateful to Jacob, she still has trouble accepting his relationship with Renesmee.
    • With the werewolf issue resolved, Bella ponders the next one: Charlie. Charlie has been anxiously contacting the Cullens to find out about Bella's uncertain condition. The Cullens feel that the best thing to do is to move away for a while.
    • Bella misses Charlie, though, and hopes that once she's in full control of her killer instincts, she'll be able to reunite with Charlie. She really doesn't want to leave Forks. She wonders how long could Jacob go without being near Renesmee.
    • Watching Carlisle monitor Renesmee's rapid growth, Bella fears that if her daughter's growth continues like this, her life span will be very short. Jacob maintains that her growth is beginning to slow.
    • Again, Renesmee reaches for Bella and Rosalie hands her over. Renesmee "shows" Bella her attack on Jacob. Bella realizes how possessive Renesmee feels toward Jacob.
    • When Renesmee remembers drinking blood from a cup, Edward snatches Renesmee away from Bella and Jasper holds her back. It turns out, Edward feared the image of blood would trigger Bella's killer instinct. Surprise, surprise – it didn't. Jasper starts to question his own beliefs and experiences with newborns and his own thirst and self-control.
    • Carlisle suggests that Bella's self-control might be a manifestation of her special gift. This instills hope in Bella that she might be able to see Charlie again, and soon.
    • When Alice, Esme, Emmett, and Jasper return from hunting, they surprise Bella with a birthday party to celebrate her human birthday.

  • Book 3, Chapter 24


    • Bella doesn't want to celebrate her birthday because she maintains that she transformed when she was still eighteen.
    • Alice hands her a key and insists that she go to see the corresponding present. Edward gives her a key of his own, which Bella knows is for her "after car." Her irritation over presents makes Bella realize that, despite her transformation, she still feels like her old human self:

      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)

    • Alice leads Bella and Edward to a tiny stone cottage in the woods, surrounded a small rose garden. It's an image out of a fairytale:

      It was a place where anyone could believe magic existed. A place where you just expected Snow White to walk right in with her apple in hand, or a unicorn to stop and nibble at the rosebushes. (24.91)

    • Alice explains that Esme renovated the place for them to have their own family home and privacy.
    • Alice leaves Edward and Bella to enjoy their alone time. They both get to indulge in their togetherness without restrictions. When Bella asks Edward if he misses her humanness, he replies that she still feels the same way to him, only he doesn't have to deal with the torture of her human scent.
    • As night turns to day, Bella still hasn't had enough of Edward. He tells her that none of her desires (for sex as well as the thirst for blood) ever fade; it's a matter of learning how to prioritize them.

  • Book 3, Chapter 25


    • Edward's talk about priorities reminds her of Renesmee. She suddenly longs to see her. The thought of her daughter also stirs Bella's concerns about her baby's rapid growth and aging.
    • At the Cullen house, Bella finds that Renesmee has grown even more, but her growth rate has definitely slowed.
    • Rosalie tells Bella that her daughter has been "asking for her," but that they didn't want to intrude on Bella and Edward's first chance at privacy. Emmett starts to tease them by asking if the cottage is still standing. Bella compose her anger at his insinuations.
    • She learns that Jacob left the house without explanation.
    • The Cullens plan to move to Dartmouth soon, as Edward and Bella are registered at college there.
    • Suddenly, Alice has a vision. She reveals that Jacob talked to Charlie about Bella and that he's on his way back to the house. Bella is enraged. When Jacob enters, Bella accuses him of putting Charlie in danger. "Do you realize it's death or vampire life for him now, too?" (25.77).
    • Jacob explains that he didn't tell Charlie about her condition. Instead, he turned into a wolf in front of Charlie and then told him that Bella had changed too, in a different way. Charlie still asked to see her, and just requested to be told as little as possible.
    • When Bella asks Jacob about what he told Charlie about Renesmee, he replies that Charlie believes the baby is an orphan that Bella and Edward adopted. Charlie seemed to light up at the idea of being a grandpa.
    • Although Bella is grateful for what Jacob has done, she still doesn't trust herself to face Charlie as a newborn:

      Undiluted fear ripped through my stomach as the enormity of what I was about to do hit me. I was going to gamble on my iffy self-control with my pure human father as the guinea pig. (25.124)

    • As Charlie's arrival draws near, the Cullens advise Bella on how to act human. Alice hands her colored contacts to disguise her red eyes. Bella clasps Renesmee to keep her calm. Edward tells his daughter to be careful with Charlie and to keep her communication skills to herself.
    • When Charlie enters and sees the new Bella for the first time, a mix of emotions plays across his face. "Shock. Disbelief. Pain. Loss. Fear. Anger. Suspicion. More pain" (25.208).
    • Bella, on the other hand, experiences his delicious scent as "a fistful of flames, punching straight down my throat." She manages to compose herself, though.
    • Edward tells Charlie that Renesmee is actually their niece. But Charlie is struck by the child's eyes – the eyes of her mother, Bella. He's done with the lies.
    • Edwards pleads with him to stick around, though, explaining that the lies protect Bella, Renesmee, and the rest of the Cullens. Eventually, Charlie sits down with Emmett to watch football.

  • Book 3, Chapter 26


    • After spending an awkward afternoon at the Cullen house, Charlie prepared to leave. He suggests to Bella that it's better to not tell Renée about the situation. He asks Bella to stay close and she promises she will. "Now that you know just enough, I think this can work. I'll keep as close as you want" (26.19).
    • Charlie says that Renesmee is the prettiest baby he's ever seen. He's just as helpless against Renesmee's magic as the rest of the family. Charlie leaves with the promise to come back again the next day.
    • Like the rest of the family, Bella is proud how well she composed herself around Charlie:

      I must have a superpower! It seemed too good to be true. Could I really have both my new family and some of my old as well? And I thought that yesterday had been perfect. (26.50-51)

    • Annoyed by Emmett's continuing sexual innuendos, Edward asks Bella to challenge Emmett to a wrestling match. Bella easily wins the match. Emmett stalks off, furious. Fascinated by her massive strength, Bella karate chops a big rock into shards and powder. She gives a piece of rock to Renesmee, who manages to dent it.
    • The ease with which Bella has adopted her new vampire life causes her to believe that she never quite fit into the human world. "It was like I'd been born to be a vampire" (26.131).

  • Book 3, Chapter 27

    Travel Plans

    • As the days go by, Bella feels very happy with her new life:

      The tapestry of family and friends that moved together around me was a beautiful, glowing thing, full of their bright, complimentary colors. (27.3)

    • She's also close with the werewolves in Jacob's pack (Quil and Embry have joined his side). Sue Clearwater has taken it upon herself to smoothen Charlie's transition into the world of make-believe. Only Leah remains uncomfortable with the Cullens, despite her camaraderie with Jacob. She has become second in command of his pack.
    • Bella spends her days with Renesmee and her nights with Edward. Bella still worries about Renesmee's continuing growth. She recalls how Renesmee learned how to speak using perfect grammar, and soon after began to walk. Edward and Carlisle have turned to research for answers, with little success. The only sure option to halt Renesmee's aging would be to turn her into a vampire, but Bella can't bear to hurt Jacob this way.
    • Bella knows that she still needs to show the Volturi that Edward kept his promise and made her a vampire. She doesn't want them to come to Forks, and doesn't want Aro to find out about Renesmee through Edward's thoughts, so she decides that it's safest for her to go on a solo trip to meet up with them instead.
    • Edward refuses to let her go alone, so Carlisle volunteers, which allows Edward to stay at home with Renesmee. The Cullens also plan a trip to Rio to research some old legends about children similar to Renesmee. Jacob wants to come as well, but Edward and Carlisle believe he should stay with his pack and with Renesmee.
    • Bella, Jacob, and Renesmee go hunting in the woods. Although Renesmee can digest human food as well as animal blood, her favorite is human blood.
    • Bella notices how perfectly attuned Jacob and Renesmee are to one another:

      She bounded back to Jacob; he held his arms out at exactly the moment she leapt into them. They had to move perfectly synchronized. (27.64)

    • During the hunt, Bella suddenly spots Irina, one of the sisters from the Denali vampire clan. Irina never forgave the Cullens for siding with the werewolves on killing her friend Laurent (who intended to kill Bella).
    • Upon seeing Jacob and Renesmee, Irina growls and disappears into the forest. Bella fears that the close friendship between Renesmee and Jacob might fuel Irina's desire for revenge.

  • Book 3, Chapter 28

    The Future

    • Carlisle and Edward follow Irina's trail, but with no success. Alice tries to read her immediate future, but the picture is hazy.
    • Bella's attention is soon turned to her trip to Italy, followed by their trip to South America. The Cullens decide that Jacob should come with them, because people who fear vampires might be more likely to share their stories with him instead.
    • In the midst of travel preparations, Alice has a horrible vision: the Volturi are already coming for them. The entire army.
    • Bella recalls her nightmare of the Volturi advancing on her and her need to protect the precious child behind her. Alice foresees that the Volturi will arrive with the first snow.
    • After some debate, they realize the reason for their attack: Renesmee. Irina mistakenly believed her to be an immortal child. Having lost a mother to the Volturi for creating an immortal child, the Denali sisters have become purists when it comes to the law. Alice sees Irina tell the Volturi about the Cullens' alleged breach.
    • Bella is devastated. She wonders if she's being punished for too much happiness:

      Was there some natural law that demanded equal shares of happiness and misery in the world? Was my joy over throwing the balance? Was four months all I can have? (28.78)

    • Jasper believes that they can't win, even with the help of the werewolves. And Bella doesn't want to endanger the werewolves. Carlisle also refuses to ask family friends to die for them, but the family agrees to call on them as witnesses to force the Volturi to stop and listen.
    • Alice leaves with Jasper, claiming she needs to concentrate and can't see with Renesmee and Jacob around. When Jacob arrives, Bella tells him, "It's over. We've all been sentenced to die" (28.124).

  • Book 3, Chapter 29


    • When Alice and Jasper don't return, the family starts to worry. Searching for her trail in the woods, they come upon Sam's pack. He confirms that Alice passed by them, and that she gave him a note for the family.
    • The note is ripped out of a page from one of Bella's books, The Merchant of Venice. In it, Alice explains that she and Jasper will send any friends they can find, but that they won't return and that the Cullens should not look for them. "It's the only way for us. We love you" (29.35).
    • Edward refuses to believe that Alice deserted them. He believes she just knows more than they do. Bella has trouble processing the events emotionally in her new body:

      I didn't know how to cry in this body; I couldn't do anything but stare. There was no feeling yet. Everything seemed unreal. (29.52)

    • She believes that Alice's departure means that there's no hope at all.
    • Yet, Bella wonders why Alice ripped the note from a page of her book. Maybe Alice tried to send her a message? She picks up another trail of Alice, which sends her straight to the cottage. Sure enough, under the torn page in The Merchant of Venice, Bella finds a name and address in Seattle, followed by Alice's order to destroy the note. Bella keeps her discovery secret from Edward.
    • Carlisle, Esme, Rosalie, and Emmett leave to mobilize family friends. Bella waits for a chance to be alone to check the address that Alice gave her.
    • Jacob decides to be honest with Renesmee and tells her about their situation. Bella criticizes his approach. She believes that shielding her daughter is more important than answering her questions. But Renesmee doesn't look frightened.
    • Edward advises Jacob to stay away from the house once their family friends arrive, because he believes that his presence will make it harder for their friends to accept Renesmee. Jacob agrees to stay away from the main house, but to keep in close reach.
    • Bella finds a lawyer with the name (Jason Jenks) that Alice gave her in Seattle, but the address doesn't seem to fit.
    • Renesmee interrupts Bella by reaching for her. Holding Renesmee, Bella realizes that her daughter is the only thing she simply must save. Renesmee feels Bella's pain and tries to comfort her:

      I'd never thought to see the mother-daughter bond reversed between us, the way it had always been for Renée and me. But I hadn't had a very clear view of the future. (29.171)

  • Book 3, Chapter 30


    • Bella's mind buzzes with questions: What is the nature of Alice's note? What if their friends don't like Renesmee? How is she going to learn how to fight in just a month? "I was all tension; it felt like my nerves were being stretched on the rack, thinner and thinner" (30.14).
    • Edward seems to know how she feels. He pulls her into a passionate embrace and they consummate their love for each other, knowing it might be the last time.
    • When Bella asks Edward to teach her how to fight, he just claims that, if the meeting turns into a fight, there won't be much any of them can do anyway.
    • He explains to Bella that Alec and Jane are the Volturi's greatest offense. Jane can inflict pain with her thoughts. Alec, on the other hand, has the power to cut off your senses.
    • Bella suggests that, due to their strong mental gifts, Jane and Alec might not be trained as fighters. She knows that her private mind makes her immune to Jane and Alec's powers and she believes that, if she can distract them, the others might be able to take them out and have a chance against the Volturi.
    • Bella and Edward's discussion about other vampires' gifts brings Edward to tell her about Eleazar, one of the friends they called on. Eleazar has a natural instinct for the gifts of others, which is why he was once recruited by the Volturi to help them take out the most powerful opponents in battle. Eleazar since converted to a vegetarian lifestyle and formed his own coven.
    • Prompted by Bella's outrage over Eleazar's previous affiliation with the Volturi, Edward reminds her that the Volturi are still considered the "foundation of peace" in the vampire world.
    • The Cullens decide that the best way for their friends to meet Renesmee for the first time is for Bella to hold her, protected by Jacob. Renesmee communicates her feeling that the whole situation is her fault. Of course, everyone assures her that it's not.
    • The Denali clan arrives first. Before revealing Renesmee, Edward begs them to listen for her heartbeat in the other room. They also pick up on her strange human smell. Upon seeing her, though, their first reaction is shock and outrage.
    • Edward begs them to stay and explains how Renesmee came to be and that she's a human/vampire hybrid. Their friends see the resemblance. Eleazar's wife Carmen allows Renesmee to communicate her thoughts to her and becomes convinced she's telling the truth.
    • One by one, Renesmee wins over the Denali clan. Irina's sisters, Kate and Tanya, apologize for Irina's rash behavior.
    • Discussing the Volturi's approach, the Denali clan also wonders why the Volturi would bring their entire guard. They promise to witness Renesmee's nature and growth. Kate and Tanya even vow to stand with the Cullens in a fight. Anything to protect Renesmee.
    • Bella marvels at their immediate affection for Renesmee:

      Renesmee was irresistible. What was it about her that drew everyone to her, that made them willing even to pledge their lives in her defense? (30.240-241)

  • Book 3, Chapter 31


    • Eleazar discovers that Bella's private mind might actually be developed into a larger shield that could protect other people beyond herself. He mentions that Aro's bodyguard acts as a shield for him too.
    • Yet, her gift, much like the vast majority of special vampire gifts, operates inside the mind. Bella realizes that if she really could include other people into her "strange, quirky silent head," she could protect Renesmee and Edward from harm.
    • Kate, who has the offensive skill of projecting an electric current on her skin, tells Bella that at first she only felt it in her palms, but that after a lot of practice she can now radiate the current all over her body.
    • Edward and Eleazar continue to discuss the Volturi's motivations. Eleazar realizes that the Volturi have often waged wars in the name of justice only to collect vampires with special skills into their fold. In short, Eleazar suggests that the Volturi decided to mobilize their entire army because their goal is not punishment but acquisition.
    • Bella's mind flashes to an image of Edward and Alice in black cloaks with blood red eyes. She now wonders if Alice left to keep her skills out of Aro's power.

  • Book 3, Chapter 32


    • The Cullen house starts to crowd with arriving friends. The traditional vampires promise not to hunt in Forks and in La Push, but go to hunt out-of-state, yet it still makes Bella uncomfortable. Jacob is very upset, too, because he sees his mission as a werewolf is protecting humans.
    • After meeting Renesmee, the Cullen friends agree to witness that she's not an immortal child, with just a few exceptions.
    • Amun, the leader of the Egyptian coven, remains skeptical. He seems very protective of Benjamin, a young vampire in his coven, who can influence the elements – earth, wind, water, and fire.
    • Garret, one of the Cullens' nomad friends, sees facing the Volturi as a welcome dare. He immediately takes to the Denali sisters and wants to try vegetarianism.
    • Another couple, Mary and Randall, also agrees to witness.
    • Lastly, there are the Amazon contacts, Zafrina and Senna. They take to Renesmee immediately. Zafrina can make people see whatever she wants them to see. She conjures up pretty pictures for Renesmee and they befriend each other.
    • Since Edward refuses to teach Bella how to fight, because he can't handle looking at her as a target, she practices with Emmett and other friends. She spends the rest of the time with Kate, trying to push her internal shield outside of her own brain to protect someone else. Bella only has sporadic success. "It was just so hard. There was nothing to get a hold of, nothing solid to work with" (32.68).
    • Edward agrees to play guinea pig (getting shocked by Kate and Bella has to try to block that), but Kate decides to give Bella an even better incentive: Renesmee. The rage at imagining her daughter getting hurt causes Bella's shield to expand to cover Renesmee:

      The rage brought every aspect of my being into sharper focus. I could even feel the elasticity of my shield… I had a better sense of it, a tighter hold on it. (32.98)

    • Bella finally manages to draw the shield around Edward and a couple more friends before it recoils like a rubber band.
    • Two more unexpected visitors arrive – the Romanians. Traditional, ancient vampires like the Volturi, the Romanians hate the other clan for overthrowing their empire. They've come for a chance at revenge. Carlisle assures them that there's not going to be a fight with the Volturi.
    • In the end, the Cullens count seventeen witnesses – probably the largest friendly gathering of mature vampires in mortal history.
    • Again, Bella feels hopeful that if Renesmee has won over so many in such a brief time, maybe the Volturi will listen.

  • Book 3, Chapter 33


    • It's been a week since Charlie saw Renesmee, so Bella decides to bring her over to see him. Her ulterior motive is to drive to Seattle to search for the address Alice has given her. Jacob, who's accompanying Renesmee to see Charlie, senses that Bella's keeping a secret. She asks him control his thoughts around Edward.
    • In a sketchy part of town, Bella finds an abandoned building at the address given. She asks a stranger about J. Jenks, and she learns that the stranger's working for him. He calls Jenks and describes Bella's appearance and her relationship with Alice. The voice on the other end tells the man to send Bella to his other office.
    • Before Bella takes off, the stranger tells Bella that J. Jenks's papers are expensive.
    • The new address turns out to be the law office of a Jason Jenks. He welcomes Bella immediately into his office. Bella learns that he has dealt with Jasper before and has a very healthy respect for him.
    • When Jenks asks Bella what kind of papers she needs, she realizes that Alice must have sent her to get forged documents for Renesmee, so that she could run in case they lose the fight against the Volturi. She also realizes that Alice wanted her to keep this a secret from Edward, because Aro would be able to read his mind and find Renesmee.
    • Bella decides to order two birth certificates, two passports, and one driver's license, under the name of Jacob Wolf and Vanessa Wolf. She knows that Jacob will be able to take care of Renesmee. She makes another appointment with Jenks to pick up the documents.

  • Book 3, Chapter 34


    • On her return, Bella tells Edward she went Christmas shopping for Renesmee. She even shows him a gift that she got for Renesmee: a golden locket containing an inscription in French: "More than my own life." She senses that Edward knows she's keeping something from him, but that he doesn't know specifics.
    • To give Renesmee and Jacob the best chance of making a getaway, Bella decides to put up a good fight. She wonders even if there will be any kind of afterlife for her and Edward on the other side.
    • Edward, Bella, and Jacob spend Christmas with Charlie, and include the entire werewolf pack. They all seem to be excited for the fight.
    • Jacob gives Renesmee a promise ring. In contrast to Edward, Bella no longer feels bothered by Jacob's commitment to her daughter, since she knows she'll soon be giving her to him for safekeeping.
    • Bella also realizes that this might be the last time she'll see Charlie. She hasn't seen Renée since the wedding, but believes that her mother is too fragile to know about her new world. She plans to include a letter for her and Charlie along with the identification documents, and a letter for Renesmee herself.
    • When they return to the house they learn that one of their friends, Alistair, has left. Amun also wants to leave, but not without Benjamin. He accuses Carlisle of stealing him away. Benjamin argues that he chooses to be with the Cullens.
    • Eleazar's idea that the Volturi might manipulate their sacrosanct laws to gain more power causes heated discussions.
    • The Romanian vampires don't care either way, but they express their concern that if Volturi win the fight, they'll leave with more power than they came with – there are many skilled vampires they'll be able to acquire from the Cullen team. The Romanians hold that they all must stand against the Volturi before that clan becomes too powerful, and they announce that they'll stand with the Cullens if it comes to a fight. Their pronouncement propels other friends to declare their allegiance in war as well.
    • With the Volturi's arrival pushing closer, Bella worries about her ability to control her shield. "This thing I do, it's faulty, it's erratic! There is no rhyme or reason to it" (32.136).
    • When she realizes that Renesmee can get into her head, she panics that her shield might have holes. Edward, on the other hand, believes that either Renesmee's mind runs on the same wavelength as Bella's, or that their daughter's gift is that no mind can keep her out.

  • Book 3, Chapter 35


    • After picking up the documents from J. Jenks, Bella grabs a backpack out of Alice's room along with a large sum of money. She writes a note for Alice with the words "Rio," hoping that Alice will understand that Jacob and Renesmee will be heading to Rio (as they still need to find out about Renesmee's future) and that Alice might be able to reconnect with them.
    • Edward and Carlisle patrol the clearing where Alice has foreseen the Volturi's arrival. Edward, Bella, and Jacob set up a tent in the forest and camp out with Renesmee. The situation reminds Bella of the one months ago, when she camped out with Edward and Jacob to keep her hidden from the army of newborns, led by Victoria (check out our analysis of Eclipse for more info). Bella remembers that, at that time, her relationship with Edward and Jacob was very painful. "Three different kinds of heartbreak that could not be avoided. Now everything was in perfect balance" (35.83).
    • The night before New Year's Eve, snow falls and remains on the ground. The Cullens, their witnesses, and the werewolves await the Volturi in the clearing. Bella tells Renesmee that she loves her and is prepared that there will come a time when Jacob will take her away. Edward hears the Volturi approach.

  • Book 3, Chapter 36


    • The Volturi arrive in rigid, perfectly synchronous formation, "a dark, unbroken shape that seemed to hover a few inches above the white snow, so smooth was the advance" (36.2). They show no surprise at the collection of vampires and werewolves before them.
    • Bella counts thirty-two Volturi against nineteen fighters on the Cullen side. Behind the Volturi, more vampires appear. It turns out, the Volturi brought their own witnesses. Bella now believes that all is lost:

      Even if we could somehow neutralize the Volturi's advantages, they could still bury us in bodies. (36.15)

    • On the other side, Irina is horrified to face her sisters. Edward's now convinced that the Volturi have come to destroy and acquire:

      They have many layers of strategy already in place. If Irina's accusation had somehow proven to be false, they were committed to find another reason to take offense. (36.21)

    • When the werewolves appear (sixteen total), the Volturi come to a stop. Bella realizes that Sam brought his entire pack, because he knows that the Volturi would hunt down the rest. It pains her to image that the young werewolves will die in a fight they're surely going to lose. The injustice of it all suddenly makes her murderously enraged:

      All I wanted in that moment was the chance to sink my teeth into them, to rip their limbs from their bodies and pile them for burning. (36.29)

    • She's now ready to fight, focusing on Alec and Jane.
    • Carlisle meets Aro, the Volturi leader, halfway. His bodyguard, Renata, accompanies Aro. Carlisle explains to him that no law has been broken. "[Renesmee] is not an immortal. She is not a vampire" (36.62). He explains that their friends are just witnesses to the truth of Renesmee's nature, and are not here to fight.
    • Aro calls Irina to the front. Seeing Renesmee, she admits that the child she remembers was smaller. Aro asks for Edward to step forward, so he can read his thoughts. Catching Jane's smug smile as Edward nears the Volturi, Bella's fury peaks and she throws out her shield:

      …my shield exploded a good fifty yards out from me effortlessly, taking only a fraction of my concentration. I could feel it flex like just another muscle, obedient to my will. (36.96)

    • After reading Edward's thoughts, Aro realizes that Carlisle has spoken the truth. He asks to meet Renesmee. They bring her forward, guarded on both sides. Aro compliments Bella on her new looks. "Immortality suits you" (36.149). He praises Renesmee's beauty and explains to his brother Caius that Renesmee is Bella and Edward's biological child. But Caius believes they've been tricked. Aro communicates with Renesmee.
    • His eyes suddenly move to Jacob, and the werewolves. Edward gathers that Aro thinks that the werewolves would make great guard dogs for the Volturi. Edward tells him that they don't follow vampire commands and are committed to protecting human life.
    • Aro informs Edward that he'll have to confer with his brothers on this change of events.

  • Book 3, Chapter 37


    • Bella hears the Volturi brothers arguing. Caius still believes that they've been deceived while Aro assures him that the Cullens are telling the truth.
    • Meanwhile, the Volturi witnesses watch with confusion. Bella manages to wrap her shield around their entire group. She realizes that, when it comes to the werewolves, she only has to protect Sam, because of the pack's mental connection. "If the Alpha was inside my shield, the rest of their minds were every bit as protected as his" (37.16).
    • When Caius refers to the werewolves as "Children of the Moon," and claims that they've been the Volturi's enemies since the dawn of time, Edward clarifies that Sam's pack doesn't consist of real werewolves, but shape shifters. They have merely inherited the skill to transform their bodies from their fathers. Yet, they could have taken on any form, and can't infect others the way real werewolves do.
    • Aro keeps taking the Cullens' side against Caius. Bella surmises that it's because he knows that false charges won't help them convince their witnesses to side with them.
    • Caius calls forth Irina. He prompts her to make an accusation against the Cullens and their relationship with the werewolves, but she admits her mistake and says that there's no reason for the Volturi to fight the Cullens.
    • Caius executes her on the spot. Bella realizes that it was a strategy to ignite the fight:

      He had wanted Irina's defiance… his excuse to destroy her, to ignite the violence that filled the air like a thick, combustible mist. (37.66)

    • As expected, Kate and Tanya charge to avenge their sister. Edward stops Tanya while Garret manages to restrain Kate, despite the volley of electric shocks she unleashes on him.
    • Aro asks to speak with the Cullen witnesses – another strategy, it seems. He asks Amun what he has observed about the child. Amun confirms Renesmee's growth and that she is Bella and Edward's biological child. Aro asks Amun if he thinks that Renesmee should be allowed to live and that she poses no danger, and he says yes.
    • Although all the witnesses affirm that Renesmee poses no threat, Aro maintains that because Renesmee is unique, there's no way of knowing how she might turn out and if she will endanger the vampire world. He adds that, with the advances in human technology, humans have the power now to destroy the vampire world if they discover its existence.
    • Garret steps before the Volturi witnesses. He tells them that it has become clear that the Volturi haven't come for justice, but for power. They perceive the Cullens as competition. He praises the Cullens as a real family, bound by love not power, like traditional vampire covens.
    • Aro asks the witnesses who they'll choose – the Volturi or the Cullens. They tell him they haven't come to fight, but to witness the truth, which is that the Cullens are innocent.
    • Aro admits that the Volturi are outnumbered. The rest of the Volturi guard is ready to fight, though. The brothers counsel again.
    • Bella is convinced that they'll decide to fight, so she tells Renesmee to leave with Jacob once the fight starts.
    • Edward finally learns the secret she kept from him and realizes why. He says good-bye to his daughter and to Jacob, calling him his brother and son. Everyone murmurs "good-bye" and "I love you."
    • All hope seems lost. Bella feels a fluttering pressure against the outside of her shield. "It's starting" (37.237).

  • Book 3, Chapter 38


    • Chelsea and Jane try to break Bella's shield, but it doesn't work. Bella's shield even withstands Alec's powers.
    • Seeing the anger and confusion in the Volturi's faces, Bella realizes that they might have a chance to win against the Volturi if she can incapacitate their offensive forces.

      I would be the number one priority, the first one to die, but as long as I held, we were on more than equal footing with the Volturi. (38.38)

    • As the Cullens and their witnesses divide up their respective enemies among themselves, Aro makes a last offer to the gifted vampires on the Cullen side to join the ranks of the Volturi. Thanks, but no thanks.
    • The brothers vote. Markus and Caius are divided, so the decision to fight is left to Aro. He restates his concern that he gladly would leave in peace if he could be absolutely sure that Renesmee will not pose a danger for the future.
    • As if on cue, Alice unexpectedly returns with Jasper, and with three other vampires in tow. Alice introduces one of the strangers, a young man, as Nahuel. It turns out he's a half-human, half-vampire hybrid, just like Renesmee. Unfortunately, his human mother died while giving birth.
    • Nahuel reveals that he has three sisters, and that his vampire father is planning on producing more hybrids to create a super race. Although Nahuel is venomous, his sisters, like Renesmee, are not. He also explains that he reached maturity seven years after his birth, and that he hasn't changed since.
    • Nahuel's evidence prompts the Volturi to drop their charges and to instead go after Nahuel's father to stop him. They leave.
    • The Cullens and their friends erupt in cheers. Bella is overcome with joy at the turn of events:

      Happiness expanded it like an explosion inside me – so extreme, so violent that I wasn't sure I'd survive it. (38.172)

  • Book 3, Chapter 39

    The Happily Ever After

    • Celebrating the victory, Edward explains that it was a combination of things that led to their success, but really it all boiled down to Bella's powerful shield. She saved the day.
    • But he mentions that although the Volturi's confidence is shattered, they might come back one day. Their friends promised that they will all stand together against them if that time comes.
    • Edward and Jacob have now officially become close friends, and Bella and Edward have made peace with Jacob imprinting on Renesmee.
    • When the Cullen friends leave to return to their covens, Nahuel, the vampire hybrid, and his companion stay. Nahuel keeps staring at Bella, which makes her feel uncomfortable. When she tells Edward, he explains to her that it's because she is alive:

      He's always thought of himself as an evil creation, a murderer by nature. His sisters all killed their mothers as well, but they thought nothing of it. Joham raised them to think of the humans as animals, while they were gods. It shaped his whole perspective. And, in some ways, he truly hated himself. (39.91)

    • When he saw Bella, Nahuel realized that being half immortal doesn't mean he's inherently evil.
    • Bella's excited to see Charlie again. She's happy that he found a great match in Sue Clearwater – the werewolf's mom with the vampire's dad.
    • Most importantly, Bella is happy that she'll be with Edward, forever.
    • After they put Renesmee to sleep in the cottage, she reveals to Edward that she's been practicing her ability to push her shield outside of her mind. For the first time, Edward is able to read her thoughts and experience how much she really loves him. "No one's ever loved anyone as much as I love you," she tells him. "And then we continued blissfully into the small but perfect piece of our forever."