What is the summary for Chapter 2 of Twilight?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter two begins with Bella telling readers that her next day at school was both better and worse than the previous day at school.  The day is better because people aren't staring at her as much as they were the day before, but the day is worse because Edward Cullen isn't at school at all.  Bella feels like she is the cause of his absence.  

I was relieved that I had the desk to myself, that Edward was absent. I told myself that repeatedly. But I couldn't get rid of the nagging suspicion that I was the reason he wasn't there.

While Edward might not be at school, Bella isn't exactly free from attention.  Many of the boys, especially Mike, are showing an absurd amount of interest in Bella.  

Mike, who was taking on the qualities of a golden retriever, walked faithfully by my side to class.

Bella makes it through the school day, and after school, she heads to the grocery store.  The previous night she discovered that Charlie is no good at cooking, and the house has almost zero food to cook.  When Bella arrives at home, she immediately starts dinner and then goes to check her email.  She has quite a few emails from her mom, and her mom is starting to get worried about Bella's lack of replies.  


If I haven't heard from you by 5:30 p.m. today I'm calling Charlie.

Bella replies, Charlie comes home from work, and the two of them sit down and eat dinner together.  Bella asks Charlie about the Cullen family, and Charlie expresses his opinion that the Cullen family is a great family to have in town. 

"Do you know the Cullen family?" I asked hesitantly.

"Dr. Cullen's family? Sure. Dr. Cullen's a great man."

The rest of the school week is uneventful.  Edward doesn't return to school, and the weekend is very relaxed and quiet.  

On Monday of the next week, Edward is back in school, and Bella is prepared to skip biology class in order to avoid being near him.  She doesn't skip class, and Edward is perfectly polite to Bella this time.  

"My name is Edward Cullen," he continued. "I didn't have a chance to introduce myself last week. You must be Bella Swan."

My mind was spinning with confusion. Had I made up the whole thing? He was perfectly polite now.

The two of them make some small talk with each other as they successfully work through a lab about mitosis and the cell cycle.  At one point Bella touches Edward's hand and is surprised at how cold it is.  She also notices that his eyes seem to have taken on a new color.  

I vividly remembered the flat black color of his eyes the last time he'd glared at me — the color was striking against the background of his pale skin and his auburn hair. Today, his eyes were a completely different color: a strange ocher, darker than butterscotch, but with the same golden tone.

Bella and Edward successfully complete their lab, and they finish the class by making more small talk; however, their conversation becomes more personal as Bella explains to Edward why she moved away from her mom.  Bella is annoyed that she let Edward know so much. 

"Am I annoying you?" he asked. He sounded amused.

I glanced at him without thinking… and told the truth again. "Not exactly. I'm more annoyed at myself. My face is so easy to read — my mother always calls me her open book."

Edward reassures Bella that she isn't as easy to read as she thinks she is, and the class period ends.  The chapter ends with the school day ending and Bella getting in her truck to drive home. 

slchanmo1885 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Bella arrives at school the next day, Edward is not there. Mike shows her around, but Bella worries about why Edward is not in school the whole day. After school, Bella cooks dinner and replies to her mother’s worried emails. She eats dinner with Charlie and fills him in on her day. She injects a question about the Cullen family, and finds that Charlie has a lot of respect for Dr. Cullen.

By the end of the week, Bella has gotten the routine down but Edward still has not come back to school. But then, on Monday, he has returned. When Bella gets to Biology, he speaks to her and introduces himself, and they complete a lab together. During the lab, Bella accidentally touches his hand and notices he is ice-cold. Then she notices his eyes, that were black before, are now a warm brown color. The teacher, questioning them on their work, recognizes that they are both advanced students. Edward asks Bella why she has moved to Forks, and she explains that her mother has remarried and would like to travel with her husband, Phil, so Bella has volunteered to move in with her father.

At the end of class Mike walks with her to Gym, which is Bella’s worst class because she is so uncoordinated. As she leaves school for the day, she notices Edward in the parking lot, watching her.