I can't seem to answer this question without considering what I already feel about Edward's leaving'that I think it was an unselfish and self sacrificing love that made him leave in the first place. So I was trying to justify why Edward would not try to leave considering all the things that brought him to his decision. Since I can not separate myself from that mentality I struggled with my answer for a while...December wrote:So here's another way of putting the question we're discussing:
If Edward had never tried to leave Bella, would it be right to say that he truly loved her?
The answer I came up with for me is this: If Edward had never tried to leave it would not negate his love, but would set the love on a different path. Without that unselfish sacrifice I wonder what would have shaped their love and how it would have formed. How would Edward justify staying if he still felt all those same things before he left? How would he ever know how Bella truly felt? How would Bella have shown her willingness to sacrifice herself for him if she couldn't run to Volterra to save him? When would Bella have had her epiphany, if she ever could? How would Bella ever know the true price of being with Edward forever?
I would still believe that he truly loves Bella because I believe that everything we have seen him do and say is out of love for her. Edward not trying to leave couldn't erase all the feelings and experiences that have made me believe he loves her, but I could see that love being'different'maybe an unsure ending.