Chapter 4 Waking Up
In Chapter 4, Waking Up, Bella slowly begins to resurface after Edward’s departure. She is confronted by Charlie who has watched her move through daily life in a daze, functioning but not participating. He is frightened for her and threatens to send her to live with her mother, but Bella protests and appeases him by offering to spend time with her classmates.
Bella chooses Jessica Stanley and convinces her to see a movie. It’s during this outing in Port Angeles that she sees a group of men who remind her of the would-be attackers she encountered on a similar street. In a trance, she walks to them, ignoring Jessica’s pleas to stop. She is stunned to hear Edward’s voice, pleading with her to walk away. She quickly realizes that Edward’s voice returns when she continues to approach the men, potentially putting herself in danger. Bella revels in the hallucination, not wanting it to end.
Questions for consideration:
Why do you think Bella chose Jessica for her night out?
What did you think Bella was experiencing when she described hearing Edward’s voice?
What does Bella mean when she says that she has woken up?
Is there something you noticed in this chapter that you’d like to discuss with the book club?
Is there anything about this chapter you were disappointed with?
Did something or someone in this chapter catch you by surprise?
What is your favorite quote from this chapter?
Did you see any particular symbolism or little detail you have never noticed before while re-reading this Chapter?
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