At the end of chapter 15 ("The Cullens"), when Edward is talking about Carlisle and his past, they are talking about how Carlisle does not know when he was born because time wasn't so accurate back then. How does the Cromwell rule fit in? I know about what the Cromwell rule means - that something doesn't have to be 1 or 0. But I don't understand how it fits in.

Time wasn't marked as accurately then, for the common people anyway. It was just before Cromwell's rule, though.

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This quote isn't a reference to Cromwell's Rule of 1 or 0. Its referring to the rule of Oliver Cromwell in England from 1653-1658. After England's civil war, Cromwell helped establish the Commonwealth, and was Lord Protector of England during that time. After his Puritanical reign, the people revolted and reestablished the monarchy in a more limited fashion.

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This statement in the book is referring to Oliver Cromwell's rule as the 1st Lord Protector of England in 1653.  Edward was saying that Carlisle doesn't know the exact year of his birth, but he knows it was sometime in the 1640's, because it was just before Cromwell's rule from 1653-1658. 

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