Twilight Chapters 9 and 10.
So, after the rescuing incident, I find Edward even more creepy. Having read his description of having hunted Bella down, I am more than convinced that he is controlling. He is that guy who has to be in control of everything.
This fact is confirmed by his frustration at not being able to read Bella’s thoughts. He is exasperated at the extra effort he has to put forth to find out what Bella is thinking, and what she is doing, where, when and w/ whom. So sorry that stalking your girlfriend is so bothersome for ya, there Ed! He really is that guy, the one who is not used to not being able to get his way due to his gifts (usually looks, charm, but in this case, mind reading).
Driving home from Port Angeles Edward continues to do many things that make Bella uncomfortable, despite her pleas for him to stop. He drives excessively fast, to the point where she is afraid. It is almost as if he is trying to prove his bad boy cred. It’s bad enough that he spends most of their interaction time first telling her that they should stay away from each other, and then admitting that he isn’t able to. Throughout the vampire discovery conversation (“Theory”), he repeatedly tells her how she should feel. Bella should be afraid of him, if she was smart. She should be concerned for her safety when she is around him, and he continues to tell her that she is pretty much a moron for not being so. He also reenforces that she just can not survive w/o him, since she is a magnet for disaster, much in need of his saving her life, even managing to toss in some ridicule for thinking she would defend herself against the attackers in Port Angeles. It just seems to me that he is simultaneously trying to scare her off and convince her that she can not be apart from him. In this whirlwind of mixed signals I am not even sure at this point if I can tell how he really feels about her. She of course plays into it completely, admitting that she is so obsessed w/ seeing him. She has, at this moment, awarded him control of the game. And that is how I see this situation right now, a huge game of Cat and Mouse. As Anna Onne pointed out to me in comments, however, it isn’t Bella’s role in the story that disappoints me, it is the Author’s creation of her in the book, and willingness to allow her to be swallowed up in what society has decided is the proper role for a teenage girl in love.
In Chapter 10 (“Interrogations”), Bella is off to regale her friend w/ the events of the past evening, but not before seeking Edward’s approval and permission on what to tell her. I realize that when a young relationship is new the terms of what to tell the best friend is usually discussed, but this time, it is b/c Bella is aware that Edward is going to be listening in on their conversation anyway. Even though it is pretty clear that she would rather him not be privy to her most private thoughts on this matter, Edward is so used to getting his own way WRT other people’s thoughts that it really isn’t a discussion. He is going to listen to what her friend’s thoughts are on the conversation, to hear Bella’s words through her mind. It is also worth mentioning, that Edward is invading the mind of a girl who has no idea what is happening. This mental violation happens to her w/o her permission, and in the presence of her friend, who is fully aware of what is happening. This isn’t the only time that we find Edward reminding Bella that it would be best to give in to what he wants, since he is more than capable of taking it if he needs/wants to anyhow. A threat made in jest is still a threat, especially if the threatening party has the means to follow through.
I am not seeing the foundation of a healthy relationship here. It’s good fun, I suppose, to constantly remind someone just how they should think and feel around you. I also suppose that taking away their agency for your own purposes is a healthy element of any good relationship. Just b/c you can do something doesn’t always mean that you should, especially not to someone that you are supposed to love. I have seen Edward take away Bella’s agency four times now, and I am fairly certain that I am not finished w/ this theme.
I am still seeing heavy doses of the victim blaming that mzbitca has mentioned in her post. That isn’t going to go anywhere either, I’m afraid.