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Reading Eclipse: Chapter 17 (Alliance) AND Chapter 18 (Instruction)

January 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am by Kaleb Nation

The song for these chapters is I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

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Starting a new semester of school is like being in a capsizing canoe: you’ll survive if you hold on tight, but everything else with you will immediately get washed downstream. I didn’t do much last week besides school and attempting to get a haircut only to find they were closed (as evidenced here) but I’ve finally gotten things back in reasonable order to start reading again, with special thanks to Martin Luther King and whichever wonderful person made it a celebration day off school 😀

Bella is getting to her party, and of course Alice hasn’t skimped on the decorations. I can’t help myself from trying to imagine what odd and unusual music Alice was planning to play at the party. Knowing how old she is, she might have ventured way back into old Gregorian chants or organ music; or perhaps something of this variety:

Words Cannot Express This Band's Awesome

Words Cannot Express This Band's Awesome

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This Is Very Scary

But then again, I think the survival of the partygoers is of some importance.

Jacob Black has a whole lot of guts to show up at Bella’s party — regardless of the fact that she punched him the last time they saw each other. Him going in to the Cullens house is almost as dangerous as me walking into the lair of a hunger-compulsive lion who particularly dislikes plaid. I don’t blame Jacob in the slightest for taking along an entourage. As far as the werewolves know, the Cullens might be keeping wolf-sized stew pots just for this very occasion.

It’s so tense in the Cullen’s house, it’s easy to forget that it’s actually a party. There’s a fight just waiting to break out in there, whether it’s between Jacob and Bella, or Jacob and Edward, or Jacob and Alice, or Jacob and Jasper (notice the connecting factor of these?). Where is Charlie when you need a police officer around to keep the peace?

Oh I know. He’s busy making music for Alice’s music education:

Okay, YES I googled Worst Albums Of All Time

Okay, YES I googled Worst Albums Of All Time

Then, the unthinkable happens. It only takes a second for it to work out, because Alice can see things happening — the moment that Jacob even considers working with them, she sees that as their future, and at the same time, sees that as their way of defeating the army of newborns. Of course, I couldn’t just leave it there, so I continued straight on into Chapter 18 (Instruction) to see what was about to happen!

For some odd reason, the scene with the Cullens and Bella all gathered in the baseball field at night is one of my favorites so far. It’s just captivating, imagining this dark place lit by moonlight, the eyes of the Cullens and the werewolves glimmering under the open sky as they gather to make plans. I don’t know what it is about this place, but I can’t help feeling like this baseball field has always been the place where things are calm and quite — just before the storm hits, and everything goes spiraling out of control.

It’s almost a bad omen, that they gather in this baseball field. The last time I remember this place, they were playing a game minutes before James, Laurent and Victoria arrived for the first time. Now, are they coming to this baseball field again, only for the tides to turn, and for their plans not to work as perfectly as they think?

Alice, of course, is still one of my favorite Cullens (Carlisle better watch out, because my favoritism for him is quickly being replaced). I don’t even know what it is anymore. I think after seeing Alice in the film, and being able to actually see the way she moves and fights, has given me a new outlook on her so that I can almost see just how powerful a fighter she is. She’s almost like a stealth fighter, where each move is precise and calculated, and she never wastes time hippety-hopping around when she can get her fighting done in a few swift motions.

Then Alice tells Bella to Just Be Good. Since when has Bella ever ‘just been good’? Those three words fall so far from Bella that one might hear them sobbing in the distant fog on a cold December night.

It worries me somewhat that with the vampires giving such wonderful instruction courses on how to defeat their species, the werewolves might start getting ideas. Why would anyone show their mortal enemies exactly how to kill them? It’s like giving the United Coalition Of Burglars a grand tour of your museum, complete with displays of your hollow air vent system, alarm control panel and ring of keys. Granted they’re showing how to fight newborns, but I’m sure there’s some key tidbits that might be used against the Cullens in the future.

I like how the vampires and the werewolves have made some type of treaty and are working together in this way. It seems like there really is a tiny amount of change coming over them: the fact that they are even working together means that they’re moving in the right direction to perhaps one day not want to murder each other. In the words of Edward: “To think it’s come to this, though! Trusting werewolves!”

Question for the comments: Which of these Cullens is your favorite: Carlisle or Alice? Or which one would you rather have on your side in a fight? 😀

——NOTES——

– I just added one of my songs as a free download on Youtube. Go check it out!

– Still working on the Robert Pattinson contest. Sorry it’s taking so long!


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187 Responses

  1. Caroline

    Alice for sure, but it could have something to do with the fact that I recently cut my hair really short, and one day found that when I flipped it out I looked exactly like her. ha.

  2. Katilyn

    Alice is totally my favorite. and I would definately want her on my side in fight, especially seeing as Carlisle hates to kill anyone. Not that I’m saying we don’t need peace-makers, but if I’m getting attacked by Victoria I’d definately want a fighter by my side.

  3. Maddy Cullen

    definatly Alice! Though i love carlisle, Alice is so cool! she’s really amazing at fighting, i mean.. she could beat jasper! of course my favourite cullen is Edward ( BY SOOO FAR) but i love them all to pieces. i really love Jasper and Emmet. And of course i love Esme.I didnt like Roasalie in Twilight. HATED her in New Moon, what with the telling Edward Bella was dead and all. But i really started to like her in Eclipse, and now i really love her, thanks to Breaking Dawn. But if i had to choose between Alice & Carlisle. i would pick alice. The website is amazing, i love it :] mady cullen xxxx

  4. Liz twicurls

    ZOMG
    KALEB

    THAT ALBUM COVER IS AN ACTUAL PHOTO OF YOUR FAMILY ISN’T IT

    I KNEW IT!! The Nation Family Singers!!!

  5. Gianna

    definitely Alice.shes one of my favorite characters.i love carlisle too but Alice is my pick for who id rather have in a fight.

  6. Gigi

    I ABSOULUTLY LOVE ALICE. dont get me wrong Carlisle did start it all and he is awesome but i can just relate to ALice.

  7. ruthie

    i would absolutely pick Alice. i mean, i love Carlisle. but Alice has always been my favorite. she’s just so funny and nice. i would love to have her as a sister. she’s like the Aslan of Twilight. always there to save the day. lol

  8. Ashley

    I’m pretty sure Carlisle is way better than Alice.

    And by that, I mean, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, CARLISLE PWNS.

    Carlisle is the original Cullen. And the first is always so much better than the sequels.

  9. Cara

    Alice on both counts. She’s awesome 😀

  10. Gaby

    Hey!!!

  11. Gaby

    Sorryyy!! I pressed the sub mit button by accident.

    I have to say my favorite Cullen is Alice. I just love her spirit, and her good-nature personality. She was always nice towards Bella, even in the first book when the other Cullens were aprehensive about Edwards new found love. But Emmet also has my heart, like Bella, i don’t have an older brother. And i see Emmet like an older brother to Bella, always annoying her because is his obligation. Carlisle is obviously the father figure, and he’s always so understanding and supporting on everything, even if they make a mistake. I love that about him, i wish more people were like them. Those are my 3

  12. Gaby

    Sorryyy!! I pressed the sub mit button by accident.

    I have to say my favorite Cullen is Alice. I just love her spirit, and her good-nature personality. She was always nice towards Bella, even in the first book when the other Cullens were aprehensive about Edwards new found love. But Emmet also has my heart, like Bella, i don’t have an older brother. And i see Emmet like an older brother to Bella, always annoying her because is his obligation. Carlisle is obviously the father figure, and he’s always so understanding and supporting on everything, even if they make a mistake. I love that about him, i wish more people were like them. Those are my 3 favortie Cullens (aside from Edward of course ;])

  13. Gaby

    Sorryyy!! I pressed the sub mit button by accident.

    I have to say my favorite Cullen is Alice. I just love her spirit, and her good-nature personality. She was always nice towards Bella, even in the first book when the other Cullens were aprehensive about Edwards new found love. But Emmet also has my heart, like Bella, i don’t have an older brother. And i see Emmet like an older brother to Bella, always annoying her because is his obligation. Carlisle is obviously the father figure, and he’s always so understanding and supporting on everything, even if they make a mistake. I love that about him, i wish more people were like them. Those are my 3 favorite Cullens (aside from Edward of course) 😉

  14. Carrie

    I absolutely adore Carlisle, but I love Alice even more…Chapters 17 & 18 were very interesting. I also thought Jacob was very bold for showing up at Bella’s party. Either he doesn’t really think the Cullens are as dangerous as he wants Bella to believe they are, or he’s very cocky. I doubt the wolves could’ve taken on the Cullens. It also occurred to me that it might be dangerous for the Cullens to show the wolves just how to defeat vampires & to let them see each of their skills. Just goes to show how trusting they are.

  15. BrooklynBridges

    I have to say, I love Alice best(after Edward, but before the crazy lions). Not only can she see the future, but she does’nt hesitate to use it against you – and i have a feeling we would have a fun time at Forever21. Carlisle is great, but you have to admit, he’s noooo fun! He’s too calculating. It’s like his life is a big giant chess game. I think there’s a metaphor for that but i never liked metaphors much anyway.

  16. devz30

    I’ll answer both questions anyway.

    “Which of these Cullens is your favorite: Carlisle or Alice?”

    Alice. She can predict the future and everything, it’s cool. I don’t know exactly why, though, but she’s my favorite ever since New Moon.

    “Or which one would you rather have on your side in a fight?”

    This one, I’d have to say Carlisle. He’s a doctor and everything, so he’s gonna be pretty useful when the moment comes. And… all the vampires are strong and quick, so I’m not choosy when it comes to the fighting part. Eclipse sort or brings more emphasis to that. Carlisle is more… wiser? and in control though, so it’s him I choose…. Not that Alice isn’t in contol and not wise, but Carlisle just gives sort of a greater support I guess… Fatherly figure? lol. Dunno.

  17. devz30

    @Maddy Cullen: “now i really love her, thanks to Breaking Dawn.”

    You liked rosalie in Breaking Dawn? She wasn’t really that likeable in book 2 of Breaking Dawn. Because it was in HIS perspective.

    Hope that didn’t give any spoilers, though =P

    AND
    heeeeyy

    Most people chose Alice, what about Carlisle?

  18. Tianna

    Turthfully, Alice. I like her better than Carlisle because she is around more and actually talks and seems to have more character than Carlisle seems to have. To me, it only seems he had a past and a few morals.

    Alice… is completely other story, as I’m sure you know.

  19. Didina

    My favorite would be Alice, for sure. She shares a lot of personality traits, (other than the physic, thing) with me. She has so much spirit, energy and hyperactivity in her, you know?

    As for the fight thing, I’d choose Alice. I mean, its great that Carlisle as 3 centuries worth of expirence and knowledge of sharp medical instruments behind him, but he’s a pacifist. He DOES NOT fight, therefore, I would end up bloody on the ground. Plus, Alic is physic.

  20. Laura

    Hmm. I think I like Alice better. Her character always brings something funny to the story. It’s weird because I usually don’t like overly chipper girls.

    As far as a fight goes, I’d want Alice on my side. Carlisle would probably spend so much time not wanting to kill whoever was fighting me that I’d end up dead.

  21. Jo

    ALICE ALICE ALICE ALICE ALICE ALICE AAAALLLLLLLLLLLLIIIIIIIICCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEEE LUV HER 🙂

  22. Victoria

    LMAO! First I have to say I’m loving the album covers! That last one does remind me of Charlie! I would have to say that Alice is my favorite! I love Carlisle too, but just getting to know Alice a little better is what did it for me. I would love to have both of them by my side in a fight. carlisle knows how to keep the peace and Alice can see the person’s next move and how things will end up.

  23. ann

    lol! i like you. i like edward. i like that you like edward. 🙂 you’re awesome

  24. Tori Schmitz

    ok so if its just between alice and carlisle. i like Alice better- though there are those who think Carlisle is more human he is more of- i’m not sure how to explain it but Alice seems more natural outspoken irrational sporatic.
    Alice can make you laugh, soothe you. In a fight i would want Carlisle becuase he can keep you reasonable- and although Alice sees the future it changes rapidly and in the time it takes for her to update everyone else the new path can already have taken effect.

  25. Cherry

    Alice has ALWAYS been my favorite.

  26. Poppy

    ohh i would have to puck alice she is probably my fave cullen other then edward n emmet ( he does make me laugh)of course plus she so sweet n tiny she always make me laugh when im re-reading the books plus she is a very good fighter but i do luv carlisle actually i love all the cullens including rosalie cause you see her point of view in eclipse which i think is good cause it makes her look not as bad. xxxx oh n when u wrote this It’s like giving the United Coalition Of Burglars a grand tour of your museum, complete with displays of your hollow air vent system, alarm control panel and ring of keys.” made me lmao so funny . xxx

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    My favorite would be Alice, for sure. She shares a lot of personality traits, (other than the physic, thing) with me. She has so much spirit, energy and hyperactivity in her.

  29. Thomas Jefferson

    This is a really hard one. I love both Carlisle and Alice so much. I don't think I can decide between them when picking my favorite Cullen (well, basically I can't pick between any of the Cullens – besides Rosalie – when it comes to picking my favorite). If I had to choose between Carlisle and Alice to have by my side in a fight… Being that I am very much like Carlisle in the way that I probably wouldn't be able to bear destroying someone, even my enemy, it would probably be best to have Alice at my side so at least some of the work that we had gone to do would get done. And although Carlisle has been a vampire for much longer than Alice, she can see the future and that would be a very helpful advantage.

  30. Makayla

    Alice!!!!!Definatly but I noticed you didn't say anything about Jasper which, weirdly, kinda annoyed me

  31. Makayla

    Alice!!!!!Definatly but I noticed you didn't say anything about Jasper which, weirdly, kinda annoyed me

  32. Laura

    I love them all so much! Well all but Rose, but in a fight I'll want Alice at my side anytime. Carlisle is just this non-violent vampire who doesn't even like to fight so that makes him less 'desirable?' to be with in a fight.

  33. LeeseeQ

    Because she's feistier and can see the future, of course I would choose Alice. BUT- I agree that Carlisle is the most amazing thing since Jesus too. (sorry for the sacrilidge)

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