What is the summary for Chapter 16 of Twilight?

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Edward, continuing the tour, brings Bella to Carlisle's office. Edward shows Bella a wall of paintings. One depicts 1650's London, where Carlisle grew up and was turned into a vampire. Edward tells Bella how, at first, Carlisle tried to kill himself unsuccessfully before realizing he could survive off of animals. So he began following this new philosophy. He became a scholar and swam to France (a fact that is very disconcerting to Bella, who discovers that vampires are not only good swimmers, but they do not need to breathe). In France, Carlisle found other vampires, Aro, Marcus, and Caius, "nighttime patrons of the arts." He lived with them for awhile, but their philosophies on diet clashed, and he left, going to Chicago to practice medicine where he found Edward dying of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918. Edward explains that he has almost always been with Carlisle, but there was a short time where he "rebelled" from Carlisle's diet. Bella is nonplussed, and Edward explains his line of thinking at the time: he thought that because he could read the minds of his prey, he could be selective in who he killed. But he soon felt like a monster and returned home. Next Edward takes Bella to his room, with large windows and a wall of cds. Edward admits that he is so happy to be able to tell Bella everything. As there are fooling around in his room, Alice and Jasper come to tell them that they are going to play baseball during a storm. Bella is curious, and willing to go along.

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Chapter 16 of Twilight is titled "Carlisle", in which Edward gives Bella a tour of his family home. This includes, first, a trip to his "father's" office, in which Edward begins to tell Bella about Carlisles history, from the pictures hanging from the wall. Edward tells Bella what happened when Carlisle first gotturned, and what happened afterwards, to how he got to where he is today. He then talks a little bit about how he turned away from Carlisle after he was vampirized...but then eventually came back to him. Edward then continues the tour and takes Bella to his room. After a short while, Alice walks in and informs Edward that the family was going to play baseball later that night and then she leaves, before Edward turns to Bella and asks her to join them.