Was Carlisle testing Edward when he had to suck out the.....

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I agree with you, too. Carlisle could have done it, but making it Edward's choice would have been more meaningful. But another thought....Edward would have known what Carlisle was thinking. So maybe he could see that he really had to do it. Because if Carlisle was making it a test, Edward could've seen that in his thoughts.
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I don't think Carlisle knew Edward was strong enough. I do believe he had a strong faith in him to be able to suck out the blood because of his commitment of restraint in the entire time they had been in a relationship. He believed his control would save her. Mind over matter. :) I don't think it was a test to prove to Edward he could do it. Edward has to accept that for himself and as much as Carlisle might want to prove it to him, I don't think he'd use that situation to prove it. It is so hard mentally on Edward to not hurt Bella but his love outweighs the thirst or desire to change her.
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Paiger34433 wrote:In a way...I believe Carlisle was testing Edward but it a different sense...it wasn't a test. Carlisle knew Edward could do it. If he didn't he wouldn't have taken the risk with Bella's life. But because I believe that Carlisle had no doubt that Edward could do it that it wasn't a test.
He was giving Edward a choice. He wanted Edward to do it because it was his decision... his decision on Bella's morality. That's what Carlisle was doing...he was letting Edward choose...and he decided that he wanted her to stay human.
That makes a lot of sense, and i was kind of thinking along the same lines, but not to a T. But if he was, it makes me curious...and i have to think if Alice saw something, told Carlisle, had that was his reason for testing him....
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I don't think that Carlisle would test someone when their life was in danger, even though she was going to be changed anyway if Edward didn't suceed. Unless he knew that Edward would be able to. Maybe he knew that the bond between Edward and Bella was so strong that there was no way Edward would loose himself with her life on the line.
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Paiger34433 wrote:In a way...I believe Carlisle was testing Edward but it a different sense...it wasn't a test. Carlisle knew Edward could do it. If he didn't he wouldn't have taken the risk with Bella's life. But because I believe that Carlisle had no doubt that Edward could do it that it wasn't a test.
He was giving Edward a choice. He wanted Edward to do it because it was his decision... his decision on Bella's morality. That's what Carlisle was doing...he was letting Edward choose...and he decided that he wanted her to stay human.
exactly, i also think it was Carlisle trying to prove to Edward that he does have restraint and that Edward really does love her enough to make sure he didn't kill her- something to that effect. I'm POSITIVE that situation will be dealt with in Midnight Sun! *aaa so many books, too little patience!*
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Post by ashley_nicole00 »

wow. thats insightful and I never would have thought about that. My guess is that although Carlisle could have switched spots to do that, it would have taken time that Bella didnt have, and testing Edward was also a plus. I also think that he knew all along, because his slight speech in the "Vote" chapter definitely supports that.

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^^ random question, but during that whole "vote" scene, does anyone else wonder what exactly it was that Edward broke when he left the room? remember, the huge crash that happened & how Bella states she believed Edward took her out the backdoor so she wouldn't see what he broke? any thoughts?
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mlola619 wrote:^^ random question, but during that whole "vote" scene, does anyone else wonder what exactly it was that Edward broke when he left the room? remember, the huge crash that happened & how Bella states she believed Edward took her out the backdoor so she wouldn't see what he broke? any thoughts?
Oh my goodness!! Finally someone who's been thinking about that! I've been wandering about that for so freaking long! I have no idea! At first I thought it was his piano, but then I thought that their was no way he would've done that. Still, I hope we find out sometime!!
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Well I think that Carlisle has a lot of faith in his "son". Edward is inwardly stronger than he gives himself credit for. It is possible at that point that Carlise made Edward suck out the venom that he knew of Alice's prophecy that Bella would be with Edward forever. Maybe it was a test of Edward's fortitude. But in truth, I think that it was truly a life or death situation and Edward was the only one besides maybe Alice he could trust to help Bella. Besides all this, the others were busy disposing of James at the same time.
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I think it was because she is Edward's life and would be the one most capable of doing the deed without the possible outcome of Bella's death.

That, and Carlisle had never tasted human blood before, ergo he would not want to test his own control.
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