You make excellent points as usual. "In the movie "Fright Night" the original character that confronted a vampire with a cross, has no success in "taiming the monster, because he is not a true believer. "I wonder if there might be a parallel concept in "Twilight" in the fact that Carlise "Beliefs." CC, Q: "I have never once quit believing!"
The Cullen Cross is an interesting artifact. It of course comes from Carlisle's father's church. Carlisle's father's church might be called "The United Church of vengeance and condemnation" concepts which have sadly returned to some American churches. But Carlisle had transcended away from the beliefs of his father to accept the beliefs of Paul, Luther and Wesley's. The belief in a God of Love and Grace. When Carlisle looked at the cross from his father's church what do you think that symbolized to him?
What a great point. Alice has lost all of her memories from her human life.
Do you think that "The old Vampire" had a gift that allowed him to give her amnesia? Or could she have hit her head and had traumatic amnesia. A type which might lead to a return of her memory? Or do you think that it is more likely that she has "traumatic mental amnesia?"
I missed out on the fond analogy. Fond would certainly imply an entirely different relationship. IE: "Carlisle was fond of Ms. X. And appreciated the fact that she invited Esme to the garden party."
You make another excellent point by reminding us of the natural revultion humans experience when being in close proximity to a vampire.
Excellent points. You may very well have closed the case on the debate.
Points well made. Thank you for sharing, Doc