Especially during chapters 23 and 14 in Twilight, Edward rests his skin on Bella's cheeks, ear and neck.  Is this like he would be biting her neck? Obviously he would not be biting Bella's neck, but the gesture does depict it how a vampire bites. When he touches Bella's face and neck with his own face, how does that look?

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Edward is a vampire, and the urge to bite Bella is very strong. It is almost as though Edward is "sampling the bouquet" when he lays his face on Bella's neck. This is the motion a vampire would use to get ready to bite, but it is also an intimate gesture of lovers. Edward can kiss or kill with the same gesture -- it adds to the suspense and the romance of the novel. 

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