The Fault in Our Stars

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Augustus Waters Character Analysis

Hazel’s boyfriend, Augustus is a seventeen-year-old who has lost his leg due to a form of bone cancer called, osteosarcoma. August falls for Hazel immediately, and is drawn to her after she comments in support group about dying. August, like Hazel, is concerned with life and death, but his concern stems from fading into oblivion after he dies. Because of this fear, Augustus is obsessed with doing something heroic. Augustus is able to complete his heroic act through his relationship with Hazel, and in the end their relationship prevents him to fading into oblivion.

Augustus Waters Quotes in The Fault in Our Stars

The The Fault in Our Stars quotes below are all either spoken by Augustus Waters or refer to Augustus Waters . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Books edition of The Fault in Our Stars published in 2014.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“Why are you looking at me like that?”
Augustus half smiled. “Because you’re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence…I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 16
Explanation and Analysis:

Augustus, the boy who spoke of oblivion in the support group, approaches Hazel after the session and begins to flirt with her. In this quote, he tells Hazel that he is staring at her because he finds her beautiful. 

Hazel, who does not regard herself as physically attractive due to low self-esteem and steroid-induced swelling from cancer treatments, would never assume that Augustus is staring at her because he finds her attractive. She assumes it's because he finds her to be an oddity, and prepares herself to be offended by his answers. As someone who does not spend a lot of time around teenage boys, she is shocked but allured by Augustus's sense of confidence and eloquence. His confidence and honesty shows Hazel that he has more experience in flirting than she does, but also that he is not afraid to tell her that he likes her on sight. Hazel, who spends most of her time with doting parents, is not used to being addressed and refuted like the way Augustus does in their first conversation. Though she is somewhat offended, she is more so intrigued, leading her to head to his house after the session. 

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Chapter 2 Quotes

“That’s exactly what we found with families at Memorial when we were in the thick of it with Gus’s treatment…Everybody was so kind. Strong, too. In the darkest days, the Lord puts the best people into your life.”

Related Characters: Augustus’s parents (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 28
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel has dinner at Augustus's house after support group one day. His parents ask them how it went, and though both teenagers despise the group, they agree that the people there are "nice." In this quote, Augustus's father notes that people were very kind at Memorial, where Augustus was treated for his cancer. He also expresses his dependence on religion to see him and his family through their son's illness. 

Like many people suffering hardships (such as having an ill family member), Augustus's parents turn to religion to cope with their son's cancer diagnosis. Augustus, though not religious himself, goes along with his parents' aphorisms and wishes to make them happy. This is similar to Hazel's wish to constantly please her parents, even when asked to do something she does not want to do. However, Augustus's preoccupation with oblivion and other nihilistic concepts show that he is not religious like his parents, and exhibits his wish to grow into his own person. Both Hazel and Augustus are at odds with their own beliefs, their parents' wishes, and the cancer that governs their day-to-day lives. 

Chapter 5 Quotes

“Oh,” he said. “Caroline is no longer suffering from personhood.”
“Oh,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said.
“I’m sorry,” I said. I’d known plenty of dead people, of course. But I’d never dated one. I couldn't even imagine it, really.
“Not your fault, Hazel Grace. We’re all just side effects, right?”
“Barnacles on the container ship of consciousness,” I said, quoting AIA.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker), Caroline Mathers
Page Number: 72
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel asks Augustus about his ex-girlfriend, Caroline. In this quote, Augustus tells her that she is "no longer suffering from personhood," meaning that she died of cancer. Hazel is shocked at the notion of having had someone you dated die, and to cope with the awkwardness, they quote a book that they both now love, An Imperial Affliction.

Hazel's greatest fear as a terminal cancer patient is that her death will cause pain to the people she loves, namely her parents. Augustus brushes off any unintended pain Hazel might have caused by quoting AIA, which Hazel responds to with another quote. When Hazel begins to have feelings for Augustus, and it becomes clear that he is falling for her, her immediate thought is not to give in to what she wants, but rather to ensure that Augustus, who at the time appears to be healthier than she is, is not caused pain by losing another girlfriend to cancer. These are issues that most sixteen-and seventeen-year-olds don't have to deal with, but that Augustus and Hazel understand of each other in a way that no one else in their lives does. 

Chapter 7 Quotes

Mom and Dad left us alone, which felt awkward. I worked hard to meet his eyes, even though they were the kind of pretty that’s hard to look at. “I missed you,” Augustus said.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 110
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel is hospitalized due to a buildup of fluid in her lungs. While she is being treated, she is told that Augustus is waiting to see her, but she only wants to see her parents while she is so disheveled from her illness. In this quote, as she is being discharged, her parents leave her and Augustus alone to talk. 

Though Hazel is determined to keep Augustus at an arm's distance, her attraction to his eyes and the awkwardness she feels alone with him points to the fact that she likes him as more than just a friend. Augustus, though respectful of the distance that Hazel seeks to place between them, cannot help being totally honest with his feelings towards her, and tells her that he missed her while she was in the hospital. Still, determined that she will not hurt him anymore than she already will if she dies, Hazel insists that they remain just friends. 

Everyone in this tale has a rock-solid hamartia: hers, that she is so sick; yours, that you are so well. Were she better or you sicker, then the stars would not be so terribly crossed, but it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in our selves.”

Related Characters: Peter Van Houten (speaker), Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters
Page Number: 111
Explanation and Analysis:

Augustus gives Hazel a letter that Van Houten sent, and she reads it when she gets home. In this letter, Van Houten replies to what appears to be a letter that Augustus wrote him, asking for advice on what to do with Hazel, whom he wants to date but who wants to keep him away to protect Augustus from her death. In this quote, Van Houten points out that perhaps Hazel is right to protect Augustus's feelings, since they both have hamartia (fatal flaws) due to their conflicting health prognoses. He then gives the title to the novel with a Shakespeare quote from Julius Caesar, in which Cassius notes that fault is not in fate, but in people. 

Van Houten's flowery prose is a foreshadowing of the pretentiousness with which he will greet Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam. Hazel is touched that Augustus wrote to her favorite author asking for love advice about her, and changes her mind about wanting to go to Amsterdam after reading it. This passage is particularly heartbreaking in the context of the novel because as it will soon turn out, Augustus is actually sicker than Hazel; they are still star-crossed lovers, but not for the reasons they first appeared to be. Augustus, unlike Hazel, Van Houten, and Cassius, does believe that there is some "fault in their stars," and that he and Hazel deserve to spend time together despite what their prognoses might say. But for the time being, he respects Hazel's wish to remain apart. 

Chapter 10 Quotes

I could feel everyone watching us, wondering what was wrong with us, and whether it would kill us, and how heroic my mom must be, and everything else. That was the worst part about having cancer, sometimes: The physical evidence of disease separates you from other people.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 144
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel and Augustus are allowed to board the plane to Amsterdam before other passengers because they need "a little extra help." In this quote, Hazel expresses that she feels exposed and vulnerable being watched by the other passengers due to the clear evidence of her illness.

Hazel often feels uncomfortable with her interactions with people who do not have cancer or who are outside of her family because they treat her as if she is a fragile invalid. She hates the feeling that the other passengers are feeling sorry for her and her mother, or that she is particularly brave just because there is physical evidence that she has a disease. More than anything, Hazel wants to live with her illness in peace, and the gawking, stares, and awkwardness from others turn her inward and cause her to isolate herself from most people her own age. It is this sense of isolation that both brings her closer to and pushes her away from Augustus: he understands what she is going through, but she doesn't want to pull him into her circle of sickness. 

You could glance at Augustus and never know he was sick, but I carried my disease with me on the outside, which is part of why I’d become such a homebody in the first place.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel is embarrassed by the looks that she, her mother, and Augustus are cast as they are helped onto the airplane due to her oxygen tank. In this quote, Hazel thinks about the fact that someone could look at Augustus and surmise that he is any normal seventeen-year-old boy, but she is clearly ill. It is for this reason that she has retreated into herself and often stays at home. 

Much of Hazel's dislike for living with cancer stems from the fact that people treat her differently due to her clear illness. If she was like Augustus, and had a cancer that no one could see, she would perhaps be more outgoing and be able to balance being a teenager and being a cancer patient much better. However, she cannot stand the pity in people's eyes and how fragile they seem to think she is. Though weak in body she has a strong spirit, which no one seems to notice--besides Augustus. It is only due to their immediate bond and shared understanding of living with cancer that she first begins to break out of her shell to get to know, and come to love him. 

“I’m in love with you,” he said quietly.
“Augustus,” I said.
“I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have and I am in love with you.”

Related Characters: Augustus Waters (speaker), Hazel Grace Lancaster
Page Number: 153
Explanation and Analysis:

After Mrs. Lancaster falls asleep on the flight to Amsterdam, Hazel and Augustus remain awake. Hazel reads and recites some poetry aloud to Augustus. Abruptly, he then tells her that he is in love with her, and that he doesn't care about oblivion or future pain, but only cares about being with her. 

In this quote, Augustus speaks as beautifully to Hazel as if he himself were reciting a poem. Though he is eloquent and confident, and frequently speaks in clever, flowery language, it is clear that he has thought about these words for a very long time. Though Hazel is preoccupied about how her potential death will affect Augustus, in this quote he tells her that he doesn't care about any potential pain, since, according to their shared beliefs, everyone is doomed anyway. Since many of Hazel's friends have fallen away since she left school, she is shocked at Augustus's pursuit of her time and affection. At this point Hazel doesn't know that Augustus has received a diagnosis of cancer even more grim than hers. Like Augustus once told Hazel when they first met, he wants to spend all his time absorbing beautiful things, and what he wants for his last few months alive is to spend them with Hazel. 

Chapter 13 Quotes

“You get to battle cancer,” I said. “That’s your battle. And you’ll keep fighting,” I told him.

“Some war,” he said dismissively. “What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as my brain and my heart are made of me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 216
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel and Augustus go back to Augustus's hotel room in Amsterdam after meeting Mrs. Lancaster at a cafe. There, Augustus reveals to Hazel that his cancer has returned, and has in fact metastasized throughout his body. In this quote, Hazel attempts to comfort Augustus by telling him he can fight it, but Augustus feels that he's already lost the battle.

Though Hazel is vehemently against the usual cancer platitudes, they are all she can think to repeat when Augustus tells her his cancer has returned. Throughout the whole time they have known each other, Hazel has always believed that she was the sicker one, and that she needed to keep Augustus at an arm's length to ensure that he wouldn't get hurt if she died. Now, it seems that Augustus is the one who is suddenly sicker, and who cannot be consoled with any "encouragements." Hazel now has a taste of what her parents are going through, when they realize that their daughter is fighting a battle they cannot help her fight. 

Chapter 20 Quotes

I took a few breaths and went back to the page. “I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million… There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 260
Explanation and Analysis:

On Augustus's "Last Good Day" shortly before he dies, he has Isaac and Hazel deliver him eulogies. In Hazel's speech here, she makes a play on "Zeno's paradox" that Van Houten rambled at them about, using it to tell Augustus that the short time they had together might as well have been an infinity. 

As terminal cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus are constantly and acutely aware of how little time left they have on earth, compared to other people their own age. Though Hazel resisted Augustus' advances at first to ensure he avoided her as a "grenade," once they both decide their love is worth getting hurt over if one of them dies, they are able to enjoy their time together and glean comfort from the other person, particularly as Augustus's cancer rapidly progresses. Instead of being preoccupied by the quantitative time they have together, as many people are regarding their time on earth, they instead focus on savoring whatever time they do have, accepting that everything is relative.

Chapter 24 Quotes

“Would you like to share a memory of Augustus with the group?”
“I wish I would just die, Patrick. Do you ever wish you would just die?”
“Yes,” Patrick said, without his usual pause. “Yes, of course. So why don't you?”
I thought about it. My old stock answer was that I wanted to stay alive for my parents, because they would be all gutted and childless in the wake of me, and that was still true kind of, but that wasn't it, exactly. “I don’t know.”

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Patrick (speaker), Augustus Waters
Page Number: 294
Explanation and Analysis:

When Hazel attends the support group after Augustus' death, she is asked to share a memory of Augustus, and tells the group leader that she wishes she would die. In response, he asks Hazel why she doesn't. In this quote, Hazel realizes that her previous reasons for staying alive--keeping her parents happy--have changed dramatically.

Before Hazel met Augustus, she mostly kept to herself, read, and hung out with her parents. She didn't really believe there was a purpose to her life, since she was destined to die young. Essentially, she was waiting to die, living only to make her parents happy and to avoid making too many others unhappy in the process. When she met Augustus, however, she saw the beauty of interpersonal relationships and began to appreciate the simple act of living itself. As seen by how stumped she is in response to Patrick's question, she is surprised by how much her outlook on life--and death--has changed. 

Chapter 25 Quotes

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
I do, Augustus.
I do.

Related Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster (speaker), Augustus Waters (speaker)
Page Number: 313
Explanation and Analysis:

Hazel receives the letter Augustus wrote to Van Houten, in which he tells Van Houten that pain in life is unavoidable and that one of the best ways to be remembered is to leave scars in the form of love lost. In this quote, he writes that he likes his choices, and hopes that Hazel likes hers. In response, Hazel replies in her mind, "I do, Augustus. I do." 

Though Hazel spent so much of the novel resisting her attraction to Augustus because she was afraid of hurting him, in this letter, Augustus writes brazenly that he was not afraid, or regretful, of hurting Hazel with his own death. Though he was previously scared of oblivion, his love of Hazel made him realize that the love and pain she would continue to carry with her was his own small but important mark on the world. Through this realization, Hazel also comes to see that she should not feel guilty for being a "grenade," for as her parents tell her over and over again, they value and love her presence much more than they are in pain over her cancer. By reading this letter, Hazel is able to have closure over her relationship with Augustus, which, though "star-crossed," was an important part of the universe, and not just a "shout into the void." 

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Augustus Waters Character Timeline in The Fault in Our Stars

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...get his one remaining eye removed. He shares that his girlfriend, Monica, and his friend, Augustus are helping him through it. Other kids share around the circle until it gets to... (full context)
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...Hazel equates this part of group to a circle jerk of support. Eventually, Patrick asks Augustus what his fears are. Augustus reveals that he is afraid of oblivion. Hazel, who shares... (full context)
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After the mantra, Augustus approaches Hazel and asks what her name is. Isaac arrives and tells them about his... (full context)
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After Isaac leaves to go meet his girlfriend Monica in the parking lot, Augustus turns to Hazel and says that they are “literally in the heart of Jesus”. Hazel... (full context)
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...and pawing at her breast. In between kissing, they say “always” to one another, which Augustus explains is there way of saying they will always love one another. Hazel wonders if... (full context)
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...doesn't really like because it is a “boy movie”, but agrees is great to make Augustus happy. Augustus’ mother takes a seat beside her before she leaves and grabs a pillow... (full context)
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Hazel drives Augustus car home. As they drive, she wonders what his prosthetic leg looks like. She doesn't... (full context)
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...her mother that sleep fights cancer, and that she was up late reading the book Augustus had given her, which is particularly violent, but somehow enjoyable. Mrs. Lancaster says she knows... (full context)
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...Hazel about her health. Hazel tells her it’s good, and wants to tell her about Augustus because she knows it will surprise Kaitlyn that anyone as disheveled as her could meet... (full context)
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...Kaitlyn continues shopping while Hazel sits on one of the benches. She wants to read Augustus’ book, but decides that would be rude. When Kaitlyn is done she suggests they go... (full context)
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As Hazel reads An Imperial Affliction, she wonders what Augustus had thought of it. She texts him, stating that The Price of Dawn had too... (full context)
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...day, Hazel’s mother picks her up and they see a movie together. During the movie, Augustus texts Hazel, saying, “Tell me my copy is missing the last twenty pages.” He, like... (full context)
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...approach a schoolhouse full of children being taken hostage. Suddenly a grenade is thrown, and Augustus dives on it, sacrificing himself to save the children. Augustus is happy to have saved... (full context)
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Suddenly, Isaac begins hitting the gaming chair and beating Augustus’ pillows. Augustus encourages him to lash out in anger. During Isaac’s freak out, Augustus asks... (full context)
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After sending the email, Hazel calls Augustus back and they talk about An Imperial Affliction and The Price of Dawn. Augustus shares... (full context)
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They pause on the phone before hanging up. Augustus says, “okay,” and Hazel echoes his “okay” with her own. They repeat the word once... (full context)
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...still not replied to Hazel’s email. On Wednesday during class, Hazel gets a text from Augustus telling her that Isaac is officially NEC, which means no evidence of cancer. Unfortunately, however,... (full context)
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...sculpture of a skeleton. There are kids climbing on it, jumping from bone to bone. Augustus tells Hazel it is called Funky Bones, created by Joep Van Leishout. Hazel notes that... (full context)
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...eat their sandwiches, watching the kids play on the sculpture. Hazel begins to suspect that Augustus has something up his sleeve that involves Amsterdam, but she feels to awkward to ask... (full context)
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Hazel is elated, but as Augustus reaches out to touch her face, her body tenses and she recoils. She tells him... (full context)
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Hazel returns once again to the moment in the park with Augustus. She realizes that she tensed up because to be with him meant she would inevitable... (full context)
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Hazel sends a text to Augustus apologizing because she can’t kiss him. He texts back “okay” to which she responds with... (full context)
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...gets home. Sitting on her bed, she opens it. Van Houten writes about Hazel and Augustus’ situation, noting that everyone in Augustus’ story has a hamartia (a fatal flaw). He states... (full context)
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...people who want the swing set, and tells a man to come pick it up. Augustus asks Hazel if she wants to go to support group, but she passes. Before leaving... (full context)
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...to wait until her father got home to tell her. Hazel is ecstatic, and texts Augustus. She is thrilled that if she can just stay alive for a week she will... (full context)
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...leaving for Amsterdam, Hazel goes to support group for the first time since she met Augustus. She finds out that one of the group members had passed away. Another member had... (full context)
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...a video game in which the characters are controlled by voice command. Isaac says that Augustus is tough to play with because he is completely suicidal when it comes to saving... (full context)
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...announces that they will be boarding passengers who need “a little bit of extra help.” Augustus returns just in time, rushing toward her with a McDonalds bag in his hand, saying... (full context)
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They decide to watch 300, but the movie on Augustus’ screen starts before Hazel’s. She leans her head on his shoulder and watches the movie... (full context)
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Hazel asks if Augustus wants to read. Hazel is reading Allen Ginsburg’s Howl for school, and Augustus asks her... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...after Filosoofers (philosophers) and that she will be staying in a room named after Kierkegaard. Augustus will be staying in a room named after Heidegger. Hazel finds a basket full of... (full context)
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...tells her she will go out that evening while Hazel goes out to dinner with Augustus. Hazel is surprised that her mother is not coming to dinner. Her mother tells her... (full context)
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...puts on a sundress and does her hair until she looks like mid-2000’s Natalie Portman. Augustus arrives wearing a black suit with a blue shirt and a thin black tie. He... (full context)
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While they wait for the tram, Hazel asks Augustus if the suit is one that he wears to funerals. He says no, that the... (full context)
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When Hazel and Augustus arrive at the restaurant, the waitress greets them excitedly, calling them “Mr. and Mrs. Waters.”... (full context)
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...their orders. He tells them that Champagne has been compared to “bottled stars” and when Augustus asks for another glass, the waiter says, yes, they have bottled all of the stars... (full context)
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Hazel thanks Augustus for the trip, but immediately thinks that she doesn't want to be a grenade. She... (full context)
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...canal, and a blond woman raises her glass to them and shouts something in Dutch. Augustus shouts back that they don't speak Dutch, so the lady yells in English, “The beautiful... (full context)
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...right. She knows that the trip and the dinner are “cancer perks”. After a while, Augustus tells Hazel the suit he is wearing is one that he had bought for his... (full context)
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Augustus asks Hazel if she believes in the afterlife. Hazel says that she doesn't. Augustus responds... (full context)
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After leaving the restaurant, Hazel and Augustus take a walk. They talk about An Imperial Affliction, and Hazel is surprised about how... (full context)
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Hazel asks Augustus about Caroline Mathers. Augustus puts a cigarette in his mouth and tells her he met... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Augustus arrives and they head to Van Houten’s house. When they knock, they hear Van Houten... (full context)
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...that some infinities are bigger than others. He quickly connects the theories to Swedish hip-hop. Augustus asks if Van Houten is playing some king of prank on them, to which Van... (full context)
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...only asks her why she cares so much. Before the altercation can go any further, Augustus grabs Hazel’s arm and leads her out. (full context)
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On the walk back to the hotel, Augustus apologizes and tells her that he will write her an epilogue himself. He pulls Hazel... (full context)
When Lidewij catches up to Hazel and Augustus, they notice her mascara is running down her face. She invites them to the Anne... (full context)
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...them that Van Houten is very sick. She says that she thought his meeting with Augustus and Hazel would help him. She tells them that Van Houten is rich because of... (full context)
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Hazel goes with Augustus into a room with a video of Otto Frank playing in it. Augustus wonders if... (full context)
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When they arrive back at the hotel, they go to Augustus’ room together. Before undressing, Augustus warns Hazel about the scar on his leg. She tells... (full context)
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...some problems with the condom, but beyond that it was slow, patient, and quiet. Afterward, Augustus falls asleep. Hazel writes him a love letter in which she draws a big circle... (full context)
Chapter 13
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The following day, Hazel, Mrs. Lancaster, and Augustus go to a café where Hazel and Augustus reenact their incident with Van Houten. Hazel... (full context)
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...Hazel she loves her three times and walks away. Hazel senses something is not right. Augustus motions toward the shadow of tree branches on the sidewalk, saying that it is a... (full context)
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...able to think about social needs, relationships, security, philosophy, or art. But her relationship with Augustus seems to suggest otherwise. She thought Augustus could love her because he’d been sick, but... (full context)
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When Augustus and Hazel get back to the hotel room, Augustus takes a seat in a chair... (full context)
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Hazel moves over and places her head on Augustus’ lap. He apologizes for not telling her. She is unable to be mad at him,... (full context)
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While laying in bed, Hazel asks Augustus if he is in pain. He says no, but says that he likes being alive,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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On the flight home, Augustus says he’d always thought it would be fun to live on a cloud, until his... (full context)
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...sees him, and he starts crying. When they get home, Hazel tells her father about Augustus’ cancer returning, but he already knows. He tells her that he read an Imperial Affliction... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Hazel goes to Augustus’ house and tells them about Amsterdam while Augustus naps. Augustus’ parents tell Hazel he is... (full context)
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...walks him in by the arm and sits him at the table. He asks where Augustus is. His parents say Augustus is sleeping, but from the other room they hear him... (full context)
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When the parents go downstairs, Isaac and Hazel sit upstairs with Augustus. Augustus asks how Monica is doing, and Isaac replies that he hasn't heard from her... (full context)
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...to the grocery store and buy a dozen eggs. Afterward, they drive to Monica’s house. Augustus helps Isaac out of the car and leads him, toward Monica’s green Pontiac Firebird. As... (full context)
Chapter 15
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A few days after egging Monica’s car, Hazel and her parents go to dinner at Augustus’ house. Augustus and Hazel reminisce about the magical dining experience they had in Amsterdam. As... (full context)
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A week after the dinner, Augustus ends up in the emergency room with chest pains. Hazel notes that the hospital is... (full context)
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Two seeks later, Hazel takes Augustus back to the park where they’d had their Dutch themed picnic. They bring a bottle... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Hazel explains a typical day with Augustus in the late stages of his cancer. She goes over to his house after he... (full context)
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Augustus tells Hazel he wants to write her a sequel to An Imperial Affliction, but he... (full context)
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After lunch, Hazel and Augustus go into the back yard. Augustus says he wishes he had Hazel’s childhood swing set... (full context)
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When they go inside, Augustus takes his medication and zones out. His parents watch videos of him as a boy... (full context)
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When Hazel and Augustus wake up, they play video games together. Hazel notes that she sucks at video games,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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One morning, a month after their trip to Amsterdam, Hazel visits Augustus. Augustus’ parents tell her he is sleeping, so she makes her way into the basement... (full context)
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When Augustus is awake and cleaned up, Hazel goes back into the basement and the play videogames.... (full context)
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Augustus tells Hazel that he used to think his name would be in all of the... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...up to her phone ringing. She notices that it is 2:35am and she immediately thinks Augustus has died. She answers the phone and is relieved to hear Augustus’ weak voice on... (full context)
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As Hazel drives to the gas station she wonders why Augustus had gone there in the first place. She thinks maybe he is hallucinating because of... (full context)
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While she waits for the ambulance, Hazel looks down at Augustus, noticing that a “desperate humiliated creature” had replaced the boy she had fallen in love... (full context)
Chapter 19
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When Augustus comes home from the hospital a few days later he is in worse shape than... (full context)
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...day Hazel visits. She does not ring the doorbell, but walks right in to find Augustus’ family. Augustus’ sisters are there with their husbands and children. The kids want to know... (full context)
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When she enters the living room, she finds the family sitting with Augustus. His sisters hug Hazel. One of his sisters is sitting beside Augustus talking to him... (full context)
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After a while, Augustus wakes up and asks if they can go outside. His family kneels around him, barraging... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Hazel takes a day off from visiting Augustus because she is not feeling well herself. Augustus calls that day and asks Hazel to... (full context)
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Hazel eventually goes to her room and writes Augustus’ eulogy. She struggles to find the right words, and at 7:40 she realizes she will... (full context)
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...the support group chairs arranged as usual, but as she walks in she only sees Augustus, thin and sitting at the center of the circle of chairs in his wheelchair. Isaac... (full context)
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Isaac begins his eulogy by saying that Augustus is a “self-aggrandizing bastard.” He notes how Augustus was constantly thinking metaphorically about everything in... (full context)
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...She says she is thankful for each little infinity she was able to spend with Augustus. (full context)
Chapter 21
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Eight days after the pre-funeral Augustus dies. His mom calls Hazel at 3:30 am to tell her Augustus is gone. Her... (full context)
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...called a ten a nine. She says that she was saving the ten, and that Augustus’ death was it. She describes the pain as a waves tossing her against the rocks... (full context)
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Later, she calls Augustus’ phone and lets it ring until it goes to voicemail. After the message begins recording,... (full context)
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Augustus’ parents call Hazel to tell her the funeral will be in five days. She doesn't... (full context)
Chapter 22
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When Hazel arrives at the Literal Heart of Jesus Church for Augustus’ funeral, she sits in back of the visitation room. She notices that there are about... (full context)
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When Augustus’ parents notice Hazel, they shuffle over and both give her a big hug. She notices... (full context)
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...her lungs quit complaining, that they are strong and can do this. When she sees Augustus, she notices that his hair is parted and his face plasticized, which he would have... (full context)
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Hazel kneels beside his coffin and places her hand on Augustus’ chest. She says, “I love you present tense,” and that it is okay that he... (full context)
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When the funeral starts, the minister walks to the coffin and talks about how courageous Augustus was during his fight with cancer, and how his valiant battle had inspired everyone in... (full context)
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...to deliver his eulogy. In the eulogy, Isaac talks about a visit he received from Augustus in the hospital just after having his eye removed. When Augustus arrived, he said, “I... (full context)
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After another one of Augustus’ friend talks about how Augustus was a great basketball player and teammate, the minister calls... (full context)
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When the speakers finish, the congregation says a prayer for Augustus. While they pray, Hazel remembers their conversations in Amsterdam when Augustus had told her that... (full context)
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They leave the church and head toward the cemetery to bury Augustus. Hazel tries to talk her way out of going; she doesn't want to see Augustus... (full context)
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Van Houten tells Hazel that he and Augustus corresponded after their trip. He says that Augustus demanded he come came to the funeral... (full context)
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...good in the world and was beginning to suspect that the love she felt for Augustus could never last. (full context)
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...and comes into the bathroom. He hugs Hazel and tells her that he is sorry Augustus died. He says that it was a privileged to love him. Hazel agrees with him.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...lick and hump the walls. Then Isaac says he dislikes living in a world without Augustus, to which the game replies, “I don't understand.” Isaac replies, “Neither do I.” (full context)
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They talk about Augustus for a while after putting the game down. Hazel remembers the first support group they... (full context)
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Eventually, Isaac tells Hazel that Augustus really loved her and never stopped talking about her. He then asks if Hazel ever... (full context)
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When Hazel gets into the car to drive to Augustus’ house, she turns it on and hip-hop starts blaring from the speaker. Suddenly, Peter Van... (full context)
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At Augustus’ house, his parents are happy to see Hazel. Hazel is uncomfortable in the house. They... (full context)
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Hazel goes into the basement and checks Augustus’ computer. She doesn’t find anything on the computer, so she checks the bookshelf. She finds... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Three days later, on the eleventh day AG (after Gus), Augustus’ father calls Hazel. He leaves a voicemail telling Hazel he found a moleskin notebook in... (full context)
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...listen to a band The Hectic Glow on the way to the group. Hazel realizes Augustus will never hear their new album. She looks everywhere in the Literal Heart of Jesus... (full context)
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When the group starts, Patrick asks Hazel if she would like to share anything about Augustus. She says she wishes she would just die, and asks Patrick if he ever feels... (full context)
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...argues with her mother about eating. Mrs. Lancaster says she can’t just stop eating because Augustus died. She tries to walk away, but her mother grabs her, telling her she needs... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Hazel for her bad luck. Kaitlyn asks what it was like being in love with Augustus. Hazel tells her it was interesting. Hazel tells Kaitlyn he was not perfect. Kaitlyn asks... (full context)
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She writes an email to Lidewij, asking her if any writing from Augustus had arrived. Lidewij writes back, telling Hazel that she will be going to Van Houten’s... (full context)
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...she thinks about Amsterdam and misses the future she knew she would never have with Augustus. She realizes she will never see the ocean again from an airplane, and that the... (full context)
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...the model ruins have been neglected, and have sense become actual ruins. She notes that Augustus and Van Houten would have liked them. Hazel hears the screams of children playing, and... (full context)
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After lunch they go visit Augustus’ grave. Hazel notes that she still doesn't feel like Augustus is present, but she takes... (full context)
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That evening, Lidewij emails Hazel. She tells Hazel that they found a letter from Augustus, and she convinced Van Houten to read it by saying that he owed it to... (full context)
When Hazel opens the attachment, she realizes by Augustus’ handwriting and the changing color of the ink that he had written it over the... (full context)
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Augustus then writes that Hazel is different; she does not care about being remembered. What’s important... (full context)