"I couldn't believe I had put us in danger after all, put myself in your power" ......But it had the oppsite effect". I don't understand this?This is in Twilight on chapter 13 (Confessions) page...

"I couldn't believe I had put us in danger after all, put myself in your power" ......But it had the oppsite effect".

I don't understand this?

This is in Twilight on chapter 13 (Confessions) page 239. It's Edward describing how he exposed himself to Bella back in chapter 3 (Phenomenon), and how her witnessing what she did "put them in danger". However i don't understand when he says "it had the opposite effect".


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jessecreations eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just after he tells her the first part of that, he adds, "as if I needed another motive to kill you."  I think that he means that his revelation to Bella had the opposite effect of that - in other words, it made him NOT want to kill her even more strongly.  It drew him to her, and when he realized that she had kept his secret, it made him see how special she was.  He may have also been hoping that the more she learned about him, the more she would fear him; but it had the opposite effect on Bella, too.  The more he confided in her, the more she loved him.

He fought with his family, but Carlisle, Esme, and Alice sided with him; they wanted him to stay and be with Bella, if that's what he wanted.  The rest of the family thought it would be better for him to leave than to risk exposing them to the public.  So he had to fight against his family and his better instincts to stay with Bella and to keep himself from hurting her, but he managed to do it because at that point he started to get to know her better, and he fell in love with Bella as a person and not just the call of her blood.

zumba96 | Student

Edward thought Bella would find her own way and leave him but Bella keeps asking him questions and is trying to find out who he is. He wants to stay hidden so he won't let anyone in but Bella wants to know who he is and he always hints why it is very dangerous if anyone knows who he is. 

udonbutterfly | Student

Edward expected Bella to be quiet about the whole situation rather trying to pry and found out how, when, and why he had gotten so close. Edward expected Bella to go her own way and not bother him. However that is not the case, Bella keeps prying Edward for questions. Then there is that you could have exposed us all bit is them commenting on what Edward did and how threatening it is for anyone to see and find up out what he did to save Bella.

when he said it had the opposite affect he meant he was expecting to hate her more for she started to suspect what he was-but instead he started to become intrested in her before he knew it he was in love with her=]

 ''so the lion fell in love with the lamb''

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