What happens in chapter 4 of Twilight?  

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Let me start with chapter 3.  Tyler Crowley almost hits and kills Bella with his van in the parking lot, but Edward miraculously stops the van with his bare hands.  

Chapter 4 starts with Bella being the talk of the school because of her near death experience.  Tyler Crowley follows Bella around like a guilty puppy.  

Tyler Crowley was impossible, following me around, obsessed with making amends to me somehow. 

Bella doesn't appreciate all of the attention that she is getting, but the one person that she does want attention from (Edward) is ignoring her.  

When he sat next to me in class, as far from me as the table would allow, he seemed totally unaware of my presence.

A school dance is coming up, and Bella wants no part of it.  Despite not wanting any part of going to the dance, Tyler, Eric, and Mike all ask her to the dance.  Bella lies to each of them and tells them that she will be out of town that weekend. Edward overhears one of the boys asking Bella, and he hears Bella's excuse.  Edward believes her lie and offers her a ride to Seattle.  Bella is shocked that he is now talking to her, and Edward responds by saying that he's tired of trying to stay away from her.  

"It would be more… prudent for you not to be my friend," he explained. "But I'm tired of trying to stay away from you, Bella."

Bella is completely enamored by his vampire beauty and sultry voice, and she can do nothing except nod her agreement. 

His eyes were gloriously intense as he uttered that last sentence, his voice smoldering. I couldn't remember how to breathe.

"Will you go with me to Seattle?" he asked, still intense.

I couldn't speak yet, so I just nodded.