Paper Towns

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Paper Towns Part 3, Hour 2 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Quentin and his friends begin playing a variation on I Spy, in which they are only allowed to “spy” abstract concepts, rather than physical objects. Radar spies something “tragically hip.” Quentin suggests a road trip in a minivan would fit the description. The correct answer turns out to be “failing to turn in your rented graduation robes on time.” Quentin speeds past a cop, and feels grateful when the cop doesn’t pull him over.
That Quentin defies an authority figure with impunity — when, just a few weeks ago, he slowed for a stop sign while fleeing Jase’s house — shows his changed relationship with fear. Whereas he used to fear the consequences of breaking even minor rules, he now feels empowered to assert his own priorities when necessary.
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