Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer The passage (Chapter 13, Page 260 – 261): “Edward in the sunlight was shocking. I couldn’t get used to it, though I’d been staring at him all afternoon. His skin, white despite the faint flush form yesterday’s hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface. He lay perfectly still in the grass, his shirt open over his sculptured, incandescent chest, his scintillating arms bare. His glistening, pale lavender lids were shut, though of course he didn’t sleep. A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glistening like crystal.
Now and then, his lips would move, so fast it looked like they were trembling. But, when I asked, he told me he was singing to himself; it was too low for me to hear. I enjoyed the sun, too, though the air wasn’t quite dry enough for my taste. I would have like to lie back, as he did, and let the sun warm my face. But I stayed curled up, my chin resting on my knees, unwilling to take my eyes off him. The wind was gentle; it tangled my hair and ruffled the grass that swayed around his motionless form. The meadow, so spectacular to me a first, paled next to his magnificence. ”
This book is mainly about the unusual love shared between Bella swan, and ordinary 17 year old girl, and Edward Cullen, a Vampire. This passage takes place at a meadow in the middle of a forest in Forks, Oregon. Edward takes Bella there on one sunny weekend, as their first official “date”. In this passage, Bella describes Edward and the meadow in the sunlight, and her awe from seeing him like this, or seeing him so close to her, at all. She also describes the feelings that crossed her during the beginning of that afternoon, in which Edward first completely exposed himself to her.
Discussion Points •A description of a significant person, place or thing found in the story: In this passage Bella describes how Edward looks, in general and in the sunshine specifically, as vampires like him actually sparkle when in the sunlight. She is also describing the meadow itself in this passage, how beautiful it is, but pail, compared to Edward. •A part of the story that could not have really happened: This passage could not have really happened for several reasons: First, Edward is a vampire, and as vampires don’t exist, fortunately or not, this could obviously not have happened.
Along with the first goes the second reason, which is that living creatures don’t actually sparkle, in the sunlight or not, so that is also a point why this part of the story could not have really happened. •How it affected the outcome of the story: Up until to this part of the story, Edward and Bella were merely curious about each other. Bella had strong feelings for him, but they haven’t really sunk in her until this day in the meadow.
I believe, that only after this part, in which Edward has wholly exposed himself to Bella, she has fully taken in his beauty, fully understood that she loved him. This love affects the entire outcome not only of this book, but also on the development of the rest of the series. It is this love that takes Edward and Bella everywhere they get, this love that survives through anything that might happen. This part in the book is often mentioned later in the story as “Bella and Edward’s meadow”, as the place they go to to relax, to remind them of their true, strong love and where it actually started.