Chapter Number: 34
Chapter Name: Declared
Page Numbers: 649-664
Date of Chapter: Dec. 23 – 25, 2006
As the chapter opens, Bella and Renesmee return to the Cullen house after visiting J. Jenkin’s office. Edward welcomes them to the house by playing Bella’s lullaby on the piano. Bella is saddened from keeping the truth of what she did during the day from Edward, but she didn’t want Edward to be suspicious nor wants to leave clues in his mind for Aro. Bella explains that she was late because she went Christmas shopping for Renesmee and bought her a gift. When Edward asks Bella if she wants to celebrate the holiday, Bella downplays it. Edward asks to see Renesmee’s gift, a little golden locket. The locket opens up with a small empty place for a picture and an inscription in French. The inscription translates loosely to “more than my own life.” After opening the locket, Edward suspects Bella is keeping something from him and his mood suddenly turns serious. When he tells Bella they should leave for their own house, Bella hesitates and wants to practice with Emmett. Edward disagrees and says that tomorrow is a suitable time. Bella complains that they’re running out of time. Edward cuts her off and they leave for their house.
With the rise of a possible conflict with the Volturi, Bella is finding it hard to go back to her usual routine. She tries to think positively by telling herself that her daughter will be fine with Jacob and that Alice’s strategy will be victorious. She also begins to wonder about the afterlife and believes that any place where she and Edward would be together would be a good place to be.
On Christmas day, Edward, Renesmee, Jacob, and Bella go to see Charlie. Jacob’s pack along with Sam, Emily, and Sue also attend the party. Everyone exchanges gifts. Renesmee is given an MP3 player from Edward and a Quileute version of a promise ring, which Edward disapproves, but Bella is reassured of Jacob’s commitment of protecting her daughter. Edward gives Charlie a highly complex fishing sonar system.
At the end of the party Edward, Bella, Renesmee, and Jacob are relieved to be going home. Bella notes that Charlie could handle her world better than her mother, whom she hasn’t spoken to since her wedding. Bella imagines telling Jacob her partings words for Charlie and giving Jacob Renesmee’s documents when the time comes to say goodbye.
As they all arrive at the Cullen house, they notice many vampire covens there. Edward tells Bella and Jacob that Alistair has left. Upon arriving at the front room, they see a confrontation between Carlisle and Amun. Amun yells at Carlisle for taking half of his coven away and in particular, Benjamin. Benjamin reassures his leader that he is doing what he thinks is best and will not join another coven. Amun threatens Carlisle that when push comes to shove, he will join the Volutri side if that his means of survival. Carlisle tells Amun that he is free to make his own decision and he will hold no grudge against him. Edward tells Bella that Amun won’t leave, but he is serious about changing his alliances. Bella then asks Edward about Alistair’s decision to leave. Edward says that Alistair left because he was uncomfortable about confronting the Volutri. Eleazer clarifies further in explaining that a war against the Volturi is inevitable and the Volturi will manipulate their law to their own favor.
Many of the vampire covens talked amongst themselves of the Volturi’s abuse of power. In order to balance their power and become free of the Volturi’s oppression, a war must be fought. The Romanian vampires, Stefan and Vladmir, are the first to declare war. All of the vampire covens, with the exception of Peter, Charlotte, and Randall, have announced that they will fight along side the Cullens. Jacob also announces that the wolf packs will also join in the fight.
As the chapter ends, Edward, Bella, Renesmee, and Jacob go on a hunt. Bella begins to panic about her capabilities to uphold her shield. She realizes that she is still vulnerable to everything outside of her mind and that her shield has holes because Renesmee is able to penetrate it. Edward theorizes that Renesmee can reverse Bella’s powers and maybe no one can stop Renesmee from showing her thoughts if she physically touches them.
Characters Involved: Bella Cullen, Edward Cullen, Carlisle Cullen, Renesmee Cullen, Jacob Black, Emmett Cullen, Amun, Benjamin, Vladmir, Stefan, Zafrina, Kate, Tanya, Garrett, Peter, Mary, Randall, Maggie, Eleazer, Siobhan, and Liam.
Characters Mentioned: Charlie Swan, Rosalie Cullen, Jasper Cullen, Alice Cullen, Sue Clearwater, Seth Clearwater, Leah Clearwater, Embry, Quil, Sam, Emily, Alistair, Aro, Jane, Alec, Demetrius, and Renée Dwyer.
Places Visited: Edward and Bella’s house, Cullen Residence, and Charlie Swan’s Residence
“…more than my own life” – The inscription written in Renesmee’s locket, pg. 651
“If it’s ever safe again, take her to Charlie. Tell him the whole story someday. Tell him how much I loved him, how I couldn’t bear to leave him even when my human life was over. Tell him he was the best father. Tell him to pass my love on to Renée, all my hopes that she will be happy and well.” ~ Bella’s thoughts on what she would like to tell Jacob when she has to leave Renesmee with him, pg. 654
“I gave you life. You’re wasting it.” ~ Amun to Benjamin, pg. 656.
“We’ve been waiting for fifteen hundred years, Stefan. And they’re only gotten stronger with the years.” ~ Vladmir, on the Volturi’s time of power, pg. 658
“Here’s to freedom from oppression.” ~ Garrett pg. 659
Important information learned:
Edward is still unaware of Renesmee’s forged documents.
Bella continues to practice with Emmett while Edward disapproves.
Alistair is gone.
War is declared against the Volturi by several vampire covens. Stefan and Vladmir are the first to declare war.
Amun may join the Volturi if that is his means of survival.
Amun turned Benjamin into a vampire.
The Volturi have been in power for approximately 1500 years.
Renesmee’s power is the opposite of her parents.
Prepared by: Cullengirl