Chapter Number: Epilogue
Chapter Name: An Occasion
Page Numbers: 481 – 498 (Hardcover)
Date of Chapter: May 2005
Summary: In the car on the way to some unknown location, Bella complains to Edward about the fact that she has been used as Alice’s guinea pig for most of the day, playing dress up and getting her make-up and hair done. She also says that she is uncertain of just where they are going and why it required them to be all dressed up, especially considering that Edward was in a tuxedo.
The phone rings and it is Charlie calling to tell Edward that Tyler has arrived at Bella’s house ready to pick her up and take her to the prom. Edward explains the situation to Tyler saying that Bella will be unavailable tonight and every night. Bella gets very upset about being dragged to the prom, but agrees to it to “humor” Edward.
They arrive to find the other Cullens there looking magnificent, easily standing out from the crowd of high school students. Bella continues explaining her worry and fear of dancing right up until Edward starts twirling her around on the floor effortlessly.
Jacob Black arrives and politely cuts in on the dance telling Bella how pretty she looks. Then he explains that his father sent him to ask Bella “please” in exchange for parts for his car. She explains that the accident down in Phoenix wasn’t Edward’s fault; that he in fact saved her life. Jacob feels very awkward about telling her the rest of it and reluctantly quotes his father by saying, “We’ll be watching.” Bella laughs at him and tells him to tell Billy thanks, but she will be fine.
Once Edward and Bella are alone again, he admits to not liking Jacob or his warning and calls him out for saying Bella was only “pretty” rather than “much more than beautiful.” They twirl some more and eventually head out side into the moon light. Edward explains that he brought Bella to the prom because he doesn’t want her to miss out on anything life has to offer – that he wants her to be human. She admits, after Edward pries it out of her, that she thought Edward had decided to change her and that they were making an occasion out of it. They discuss it for a moment with Edward saying he’s not worth it and Bella saying that she doesn’t see it as an end, but rather a beginning.
Edward leans in and blows cool air on her neck. He asks if she is ready and she gulps a tentative “yes.” Edward chuckles and pulls away from her saying that he wouldn’t do it that easily. He promises to stay with her and she repeats that she loves him. The book ends with Edward pressing his cold lips once more to her throat.
Places Visited: The Forks High School Gymnasium
“Oh, I’m with the vampires, of course.”
~ Bella to Edward upon seeing the people dancing.
“We’ll be watching.”
~ Jacob delivering a message from his father to Bella.
“Do you remember when you told me that I didn’t see myself very clearly? You obviously have the same blindness.”
~ Bella to Edward when he says he isn’t worth dying for.
“Enough for forever.”
~ Edward’s final line of the book.
Important Information learned:
Edward is a brilliant dancer.
Jacob has a real crush on Bella.
Billy and the rest of the Quileutes will be watching the Cullens in relation to Bella.
Edward wants to keep Bella human and promises to stay with her.
Bella is ready to be changed.
For a more complete version of the Epilogue, visit the Twilight outtakes section of Stephenie Meyers’ web site.