When Bella sends her letter to Edward in Chapter 22 of Twilight, how could Edward ever receive it?At the end of Chapter 21 (Phone Call), Bella writes a letter for Edward. She gives it to Alice, but...

When Bella sends her letter to Edward in Chapter 22 of Twilight, how could Edward ever receive it?

At the end of Chapter 21 (Phone Call), Bella writes a letter for Edward. She gives it to Alice, but pretends that it is for her mother, and asks Alice to leave it at her house. What I do not understand is how the letter could ever reach Edward. If Alice is going to send it to Bella's mother, then how would Edward ever receive it?

Can anyone explain, and give their view?

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ecofan74 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The novel does not clearly indicate how Edward would have received the letter.  For that reason, a number of possible explanations come to mind.  Remember that Edward does have the ability to read minds.  While he cannot read Bella's mind, he can access the thoughts of others.

He could read Alice's or Jasper's minds, but since they are under the impression that the letter in their possession is for Bella's mother, it is highly unlikely Edward would have learned anything profitable from peering into their thoughts.  Since Edward does arrive in Phoenix, however, depending on the proximity of Bella's location to the airport in Phoenix, Edward could perhaps read James's mind.  Being with Bella, James's thoughts would offer Edward a constructive picture of her location and he could go from there.  Edward, meeting Alice and Jasper in the airport, could have volunteered to deliver Bella's letter to her mother for Alice.  Though it is not likely he would open it, perhaps in his attempt to deliver the letter, he stumbles upon a clue as to Bella's whereabouts.

Since Twilight is written from Bella's perspective, a definitive answer to this question will not present itself.  Since Midnight Sun is apparently Twilight written from Edward's perspective, perhaps it could also provide some clues to this question.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Since she is trying to save her mom or atleast trying to save her mom, she won't address it as Edward because if she did Jasper and Alice would be more careful. She thought Alice might see in the future if Edward has read the letter to give it to him.

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udonbutterfly | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Remember that Bella is escaping with the mindset of saving her mom so she knows there's a big chance that she's going to die along with mom. So in the time it would take Alice to see the future of this Edward would probably check the letter. Also if the letter was directly addressed to Edward Alice and Jasper would've immediately seen that as a red flag and would have kept a closer eye on her to make sure she didn't do anything stupid. So addressing her mother instead of Edward seems reasonable since they are talking about hiding her out for a while.

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totally-me | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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when she ran away it wouldnt take them long to work it out and she gave the letter to alice and as soon as the realised she was gone they would want to look at it i supposed they would just guess it wasnt actually for her mom

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