Me Before You

Will is the second main character of the novel. In the midst of his high-stakes, thrill-seeking life as a financier, Will suffers a traffic accident that leaves him paralyzed in a wheelchair. Will has given up on ever living a fulfilling life again and wants his parents, Camilla and Steven Traynor, to allow him to go through with assisted suicide. Camilla hires Louisa Clark to try and convince Will that there are still good experiences available for him. Will keeps up a sarcastic and difficult demeanor, but it’s later revealed that this hides a heart of gold. Though Will and Louisa fall in love, Will can’t change his mind about the life he wants to lead. He leaves Lou with the funds to live up to her potential.

Will Traynor Quotes in Me Before You

The Me Before You quotes below are all either spoken by Will Traynor or refer to Will Traynor. 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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Chapter 3 Quotes

“You were just looking at my photographs. Wondering how awful it must be to live like that and then turn into a cripple.”

Related Characters: Will Traynor (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark
Page Number: 42-43
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“I know what you’re thinking,” she said, after a pause. “But I did try. I really tried. For months. And he just pushed me away… You know, you can only actually help someone who wants to be helped,” she said.

Related Characters: Alicia Dewar (Lissa) (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor
Page Number: 57
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I could well imagine Will pushing her away. But surely if you loved someone it was your job to stick with him? To help him through the depression? In sickness and in health, and all that?

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Alicia Dewar (Lissa)
Page Number: 61
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“I have never found a pair of tights I loved like that again. They don’t do them anymore. Or if they do, they don’t make them for grown women.”
“Strange, that,”
“Oh, you can mock. Didn’t you ever love anything that much?”

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker)
Related Symbols: Lou’s Bumblebee Tights
Page Number: 96
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“You’re twenty-six years old, Clark. You should be out there, claiming the world as your own, getting in trouble in bars, showing off your strange wardrobe to dodgy men…”
“I’m happy here,” I said.
“Well, you shouldn’t be.”

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker)
Page Number: 108
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“If you’d bothered to ask me, Clark, if you’d bothered to consult me just once about this so-called fun outing of ours, I could have told you. I hate horses, and horse racing. Always have. But you didn’t bother to ask me. You decided what you thought you’d like me to do, and you went ahead and did it. You did what everyone else does. You decided for me.”

Related Characters: Will Traynor (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark
Page Number: 171
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“I just… want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just a few minutes more.” …
I closed my eyes and lay my head against the headrest, and we sat there together for a while longer, two people lost in remembered music, half hidden in the shadow of a castle on a moonlit hill.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker)
Page Number: 185
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Chapter 13 Quotes

…Granddad was picking at his plate with greedy delight, letting out what we called his “food noises” – little grunts and murmurs of pleasure.
“Delicious salmon,” Will said to my mother. “Really lovely flavor.”

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker), Granddad
Page Number: 197
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I ran out of the room and pulled on a pair in the hallway. I pointed a toe, admiring the silliness of them. I don’t think a present had ever made me so happy in my life.
I walked back in. Will let out a small cheer. Granddad banged his hands on the table. Mum and Dad burst out laughing. Patrick just stared.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Patrick, Granddad
Related Symbols: Lou’s Bumblebee Tights
Page Number: 202
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Now he was just Will – maddening, mercurial, clever, funny Will – who patronized me and liked to play Professor Higgins to my Eliza Doolittle. His body was just a part of the whole package, a thing to be dealt with, at intervals, before we got back to the talking. It had become, I supposed, the least interesting part of him.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor
Page Number: 204
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Chapter 17 Quotes

I thought of my parents, my sister with her big new life. Mine was to be the small life, my ambitions the petty ones. I glanced over at the maze, at its dark, dense box hedging. I was being ridiculous. Perhaps I had been behaving ridiculously for years. It was all over, after all. And I was moving on.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Katrina (Treena) Clark
Related Symbols: The Maze
Page Number: 269
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“Ultimately, they want to look on the bright side. They need me to look on the bright side… You, Clark,” he looked down at his hands, “are the only person I have felt able to talk to since I ended up in this bloody thing.”

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker)
Page Number: 275
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“Some mistakes… just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let that night be the thing that defines you.”
I felt his head still pressed against mine.
“You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.”

Related Characters: Will Traynor (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark
Page Number: 276
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Chapter 18 Quotes

I wanted to tell him that he was too good for that silly caramel woman, no matter what appearances might suggest, and that… I didn’t know what else I wanted to say. I just wanted to make it better. “You okay?” I said, as I caught up. The bottom line was, it should have been him.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Alicia Dewar (Lissa)
Page Number: 284
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“Louisa is one of the smartest people I know, but I can’t make her see her own possibilities.”
Mary Rawlinson gave him a sharp look. “Don’t patronize her, dear. She’s quite capable of answering for herself.” I blinked. “I rather think that you of all people should know that,” she added.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker), Mary Rawlinson (speaker)
Page Number: 289
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Chapter 20 Quotes

“Well, this is actual life or death, after all, and you’re locked into this man’s life every day, locked into his weird secret. That’s got to create a kind of false intimacy. Either that or you’re getting some weird Florence Nightingale complex.”

Related Characters: Katrina (Treena) Clark (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor
Page Number: 315
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Chapter 21 Quotes

I knew it, and Camilla knew it. Even if neither of us would admit it to ourselves. Only on my son’s death would I be free to live the life of my choosing.

Related Characters: Steven Traynor (speaker), Will Traynor, Camilla Traynor
Page Number: 327
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Chapter 23 Quotes

I know this isn’t a conventional love story. I know there are all sorts of reasons I shouldn’t even be saying what I am. But I love you. I do. I knew it even when I left Patrick. And I think you might even love me a little bit.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Patrick
Page Number: 359
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“Well, you don’t have to let that… that chair define you.”
“But it does define me, Clark. You don’t know me, not really. You never saw me before this thing. I loved my life, Clark. Really loved it… I led a big life.” His voice had lifted now. “I am not designed to exist in this thing – and yet for all intents and purposes it is now the thing that defines me.”

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor (speaker)
Page Number: 361
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Chapter 25 Quotes

I couldn’t imagine crying over anyone I’d been with. The only equivalent was if I thought about Thomas waiting to die in some strange country, and as soon as that thought came to mind it made something inside me actually flip over, it was so hideous. So I stuck that in the back of my mental filing cabinet too, under the drawer labeled: unthinkable.

Related Characters: Katrina (Treena) Clark (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor, Thomas Clark
Page Number: 383
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Chapter 26 Quotes

Mum? I owe Will. I owe it to him to go. Who do you think got me to apply to college? Who do you think encouraged me to make something of myself, to travel places, to have ambitions? Who changed the way I think about everything? About myself even? Will did. I’ve done more, lived more, in the last six months than in the last twenty-seven years of my life.

Related Characters: Louisa (Lou) Clark (speaker), Will Traynor, Josie Clark (Lou’s Mom)
Page Number: 330
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It’s not my choice. It’s not the choice of most of us on this board. I love my life, even if I wish it was different…If he is determined, if he really can’t see a way of things being better for him, then I guess the best thing you can do is just be there. You don’t have to think he’s right. But you do have to be there.

Related Characters: Ritchie (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark, Will Traynor
Page Number: 395
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Epilogue Quotes

Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripey legs with pride… you are scored on my heart, Clark. You were from the first day you walked in, with your ridiculous clothes and your bad jokes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt… Don’t think of me too often. I don’t want to think of you getting all maudlin. Just live well. Just live.

Related Characters: Will Traynor (speaker), Louisa (Lou) Clark
Related Symbols: Lou’s Bumblebee Tights
Page Number: 409
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Will Traynor Character Timeline in Me Before You

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Prologue
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2007. Will Traynor comes out of the shower to find his girlfriend, Lissa (Alicia), still in bed.... (full context)
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With little difficulty, Will manages to stop thinking about how sexy Lissa looked in bed and focuses on the... (full context)
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As Will leaves his apartment building, his best friend and co-worker, Rupert, calls about a deal from... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...make tea in the kitchen or help with small chores, but emphasizes that her son, Will, can only be left alone for 15 minutes at a time. Camilla gives a despairing... (full context)
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Camilla takes Lou in to meet Will and Will’s personal nurse, Nathan. Will is a solidly built man with shaggy unkempt hair.... (full context)
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Nathan turns the radio on for Will and takes Lou back to the kitchen to the medicine cabinet. Lou is overwhelmed by... (full context)
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Lou offers to make Will a cup of tea, but Will snottily refuses, and then ignores her. Lou goes to... (full context)
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...can find and hurries out of the house when Nathan appears to take care of Will’s after-lunch medical needs. Lou sits at the castle bus stop and calls her sister to... (full context)
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...so selfish, but she swallows her feelings and assures Treena that she will tough out Will’s moods for the paycheck. (full context)
Chapter 4
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...first two weeks, Lou goes in to work at Granta House and stays out of Will’s way as much as possible. She feels awkward when forced into close proximity with Will,... (full context)
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Lou wants to have sympathy for Will, knowing that he is in constant pain and that he has a very isolated, limited... (full context)
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Camilla comes in one morning to let Lou know that Will has friends over, Rupert and Alicia. Lou offers to make them coffee and brings a... (full context)
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As Lou comes back into the house, Lou overhears Rupert and Alicia tell Will that they are planning to get married. Will silently looks at them with contempt as... (full context)
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Lou goes back to check on Will only to find that Will has smashed all of his old pictures in their frames.... (full context)
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...Patrick about the events at Granta House today, and Patrick laments the awful life that Will must have. Patrick can’t imagine life without the active pleasures he enjoys, and he changes... (full context)
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The next morning, Lou comes in to the house to find Will in a worse mood then ever. She gets the broken picture frames out and tries... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Lou has been caring for Will for a month, and her parents love the inside peek she provides to the Traynor’s... (full context)
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...stand the way that Camilla micromanages her every move. Yet finally, Lou has a breakthrough. Will catches Lou trying to sneak vegetables into his meal, but he jokes about it instead... (full context)
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Will asks Lou to keep him company while he watches a DVD in the afternoon. Lou... (full context)
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On Friday, Lou drives Will to a doctor’s appointment. She is happy to get out of the house, but quickly... (full context)
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Chapter 6
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A huge snowstorm hits and Lou arrives at Will’s house only to find that Nathan has been unable to get there. Steven asks Lou... (full context)
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The snow continues and Lou continues to worry about Will’s labored sleep until Nathan appears at the door. Nathan is aghast at Will’s state, admonishing... (full context)
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Nathan leaves and Lou grabs a book from Will’s bookshelf so she can read at Will’s bedside. She relishes the rare moment of silence.... (full context)
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Will finally wakes up at 8:15, looking much better and sounding more lucid. Lou takes advantage... (full context)
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Will laughs at Lou’s singing, then asks her to tell him something else. Lou tells Will... (full context)
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Camilla wakes Lou the next morning, annoyed that Lou stayed in Will’s room instead of the spare room. She is further disturbed to find out that Will... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...he is too tired from training to even talk to her. As she walks to Will’s house, she thinks of how she and Patrick first met: Lou was working at a... (full context)
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Lou gets to work and Camilla orders her to take Will outside so she can do some spring cleaning. In the garden, Will asks Lou what... (full context)
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Will seems a tad melancholy about Alicia, but quickly tells Lou that he is happy for... (full context)
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Will has good days and bad days, considering that his paralyzed limbs still put him in... (full context)
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Lou interrupts Will’s advice to say that Will shouldn’t be giving such high and mighty advice when he... (full context)
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Lou puts on a DVD while she cuts Will’s hair. As she finishes, a young woman bursts into the annex and shrieks at Will... (full context)
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...Lou returns from lunch, Nathan is in the kitchen. Lou explains about the uproar with Will’s sister, but Nathan seems more interested in complimenting Will’s haircut. Lou goes back to Will... (full context)
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Georgina is sobbing as Camilla tells her that Will truly has no hope that he will ever get better. Lou gets uncomfortable listening in,... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...life. It is there for her in good times and bad, always growing. Yet after Will’s accident, Camilla didn’t touch her garden for a year. It was only once they brought... (full context)
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...her room, and Steven blames her bad mood on jet-lag. Steven then optimistically brings up Will’s haircut, but Camilla tells him not to get his hopes up, because she knows her... (full context)
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Camilla remembers when Will first told her how he wanted to end his life. She pretended not to understand... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Lou doesn’t sleep the night after she finds out Will’s plan. She is angry at Camilla for being so cold, now understanding that Camilla’s distance... (full context)
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Yet the next day, Will is in amazingly high spirits. He asks Lou to finish his haircut, but Lou can’t... (full context)
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...raise Thomas. Still, Lou is adamant that she cannot tell her family the truth about Will. (full context)
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...wants her to remain on suicide watch, but Camilla assures her that she thinks that Will is going to change his mind. Lou walks into her house, leaving Camilla on the... (full context)
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...the door to her tiny room. Lou starts to cry on her bed, thinking of Will, and Treena comes in to apologize. Cracking under the pressure, Lou tells Treena the real... (full context)
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...to brains, but realizes that she will always love Treena for her calm acceptance of Will’s end of life plan. Treena tells Lou to finally put the Traynors’ money to good... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Lou presents her grand “cheer up Will with adventures” plan to the Traynor family. They are surprised, but supportive, Steven more than... (full context)
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...Patrick to reach the end of his latest triathlon. They discuss Lou’s potential plans for Will. Lou brings up horse racing, but Treena encourages her to try more “cultural” events. Treena... (full context)
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On Lou’s next Saturday off, she goes to the library to research trips for Will. She is nervous to be at the library again and using a computer for the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...and Lou enjoys the exotic breath they bring to her quiet life. She cheerfully greets Will, excited for their outing to the horse race at a close by arena. Nathan is... (full context)
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...reach the parking lot of the racing grounds. The wet grass is too soft for Will’s wheelchair and Nathan has to essentially carry Will and his chair to the entrance, only... (full context)
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...starts and Lou excitedly cheers her horse on, but Man Oh Man comes in sixth. Will looks pained so they decide to go have lunch. Will blanches at the thought of... (full context)
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Despite Will’s protests, Lou tries to buy the right badges for the Premiere restaurant, but the hostess... (full context)
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As Lou and Nathan try to wheel Will across the parking lot, his chair gets stuck in the mud. Despite her reluctance to... (full context)
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Back home, Will stays in a stony mood. When Lou asks him if anything is wrong, he responds... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Back in the present, Lou tells Will that she’s joined the library, and Will encourages her to read more Flannery O’Connor instead... (full context)
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The night of the concert, Lou triple checks the accommodations for Will’s chair and agrees to take over Will’s bedtime care, as Nathan will be busy by... (full context)
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At the concert hall, Lou notes the different ways that upper class people react to Will. Rather than staring, the high class concert goers pointedly ignore Will and his chair. Will... (full context)
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The concert begins and both Will and Lou are transported by the beauty of the Mozart. Lou’s mind ranges across all... (full context)
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...spend it. Her free time is spent at the library, looking for new opportunities for Will. Lou finds a computer program that will allow Will to type by speaking, after Will... (full context)
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...Lou begins to move her things to Treena’s bigger room. She redecorates and puts her Will calendar prominently on the wall. At work, she continues to broaden Will’s radius every day... (full context)
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Josie immediately starts cleaning the whole house once she hears that Will is coming to dinner. Lou assures Josie that everything will be fine, and Nathan drops... (full context)
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Lou is suddenly self-conscious of her family’s cramped, cluttered house as Will sits at the table. Josie fusses over the roast in the kitchen, worried that it... (full context)
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...all the changes that have occurred in Lou’s life since she began to work for Will’s family. The dinner gets off to a beautiful start, and Lou even misses Treena and... (full context)
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The rest of the dinner passes without incident, as Will tells Bernard about his old job buying and selling companies and Josie coos at having... (full context)
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Will leaves as Bernard thanks him for employing Lou and Josie sends him off with leftover... (full context)
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...where Patrick asks about the bed baths. Lou responds that it is perfectly proper, as Will keeps his pants on, but Patrick is still unnerved. Lou doesn’t even see it as... (full context)
Chapter 14
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In May, Lou suddenly notices a wealth of news about assisted suicide cases. Will makes no mention of this, happily going on more excursions with Lou, but Lou knows... (full context)
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The next Friday, Will receives an invitation to Rupert and Alicia’s wedding. He acts indifferent, but Lou decides to... (full context)
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...Josie can help with Thomas. Lou fills her in on how well the dinner with Will went, once their parents realized that Will was really just a normal guy. At dinner,... (full context)
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At lunch the next day, Lou asks Will what was the best place he ever visited. He names many exotic locales, both natural... (full context)
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...next weekend, Lou comes downstairs at night worrying about how she can get through to Will. She finds her parents sleeping on the couch so that Treena and Thomas can have... (full context)
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Lou now has 79 days to change Will’s mind, and Camilla calls Lou in to talk about Will’s current state. She carefully probes... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Will asks what Lou plans to do tonight once she gets home from work. Lou makes... (full context)
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Lou still works on Will’s adventure calendar every chance she gets. She is rapidly running out of feasible ideas and... (full context)
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Two days later, Will gets an infection that lands him in the hospital. Lou gets some days off while... (full context)
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...helpful, while others are not. One even questions why Lou feels the need to change Will’s mind for him at all. The suggestions continue, but the one that sticks in Lou’s... (full context)
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On Thursday, Lou picks Will up from the hospital. He is exhausted from the lack of sleep, and Lou’s planned... (full context)
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...tattoo parlor, Lou leaves happily with a tattoo of a little bee on her hip. Will had seemed relaxed and happy in the shop, as the tattoo artists were used to... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...Patrick’s apartment and the knowledge that she won’t actually by going to Norway with Patrick. Will starts to notice how tired Lou is at work and offers to let her sleep... (full context)
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Will mentions that Lou saw his dad, Steven, in town with another woman and probes to... (full context)
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...castle the Traynors care for. Lou’s parents are very happy, but Lou feels uncomfortable about Will doing her family this favor. She calls Will to voice her concerns, but Will tells... (full context)
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...job for the Traynors suspicious and is even more annoyed when he finds out that Will offered Lou his spare room. Patrick tells Lou to officially move in with him, though... (full context)
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Lou reflects on the emotional struggle of being a caregiver, unable to escape Will’s bad moods or her own. After Lou tells Will that she is moving in with... (full context)
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...to Patrick’s flat. Her bright clothes leave the closet half empty. Patrick comments on the Will activities calendar that Lou hangs on the wall, but Lou just tells him that she... (full context)
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Lou knows she is bad at keeping secrets and her anxiety over Will’s end of life plan worsens as the deadline draws closer. With seven weeks to go,... (full context)
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...the Dandelion Lady will be happy here. When Camilla arrives, Lou shares the news about Will drawing up a will. Camilla tells Lou to arrange any trip she can think of... (full context)
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...talk about it, telling Lou not to make things complicated. Lou finds solace in cleaning Will’s annex from top to bottom instead of engaging with any of her problems. Will draws... (full context)
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As Lou and Will walk around the castle grounds, Will reminisces about his childhood playing knight on the wall... (full context)
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...of the boys from the bar touching and kissing her and starts to scream for Will. Will comes to find Lou and comforts her until she can breathe again. Will then... (full context)
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Once safely out of the maze, Will asks Lou why she panicked. When Lou can’t answer, Will shares his own secret fear... (full context)
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Will takes in Lou’s story and tells her that no part of that night was her... (full context)
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As Lou hangs up on yet another travel agent who suggests that she take Will to Disney World, Will comes in and tells Lou that he is taking her to... (full context)
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Will’s parents see them off, warning Lou not to let Will get too drunk. Lou and... (full context)
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The reception begins and Lou goes to get refreshments for Will. The bartender offers Pimm’s (what she thinks is just a lemonade drink), and Lou accepts,... (full context)
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...the Pimm’s actually had wine in it. Lou is horrified that she is drunk, but Will seems pleased to relax and enjoy the day tipsy. Will is more charming than Lou... (full context)
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Will introduces Lou to Mary Rawlinson and the older woman is far nicer than Lou expects... (full context)
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Lou tries desperately to sober up so that she can drive Will home, but chocolate and coffee only make her feel jittery as well as drunk. Will... (full context)
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After Alicia moves on, Lou convinces Will to take her on the floor for a slow dance. She sits on his lap... (full context)
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Nathan, now narrating, recounts the day after the wedding. When Louisa and Will arrive home, Camilla is furious that they didn’t inform her that they would be staying... (full context)
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Nathan shakes off thoughts of Will and Louisa’s relationship to care for Will’s physical needs. Will’s catheter desperately needs to be... (full context)
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Louisa returns at lunchtime and Nathan mischievously refuses to let Will and Lou watch a Miyasaki film alone. After the movie is over, Louisa asks Nathan... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Patrick that she won’t be going to Norway to watch the Xtreme Viking Triathlon because Will needs company on a trip. Patrick is angry that Lou won’t support him and accuses... (full context)
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...after the wedding, Lou asked on the online forums for advice on where to take Will for a holiday. She gets 89 responses, including some from Ritchie, and is bolstered by... (full context)
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Treena and Lou get a drink at the pub, and Treena approves Lou’s holiday for Will. Lou then finally goes back to Patrick’s flat to find that Patrick has attempted to... (full context)
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...night comes to a screeching halt when Patrick notices Lou’s folder of holiday plans for Will. Patrick calls the trip a honeymoon, and asks if there is something that Lou hasn’t... (full context)
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Steven, now narrating, tells how Louisa moved in to Will’s spare room that weekend. Steven runs in to Louisa one Saturday morning and is pleasantly... (full context)
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The next Monday, Louisa shows Will, Camilla, and Steven the plans she has made for Will’s grand adventure in California. Steven... (full context)
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Steven goes for a drink with his mistress, Della, and tells her all about Will’s holiday. Steven knows that Della would rather he leave Will behind and divorce Camilla, but... (full context)
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...emergency ward and finds Nathan. Nathan tells her that this isn’t the first time that Will has had pneumonia, and it probably won’t be his last. Lou goes in to see... (full context)
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Nathan leaves the hospital ward and Lou waits for another hour outside Will’s room. Camilla finally comes out of Will’s room and asks Lou to stay with Will... (full context)
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Camilla returns and Lou goes back to waiting outside Will’s room. Camilla comes out around 4 pm to tell Louisa that Will is awake. Lou... (full context)
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Lou goes back to Will’s house to get Will more clothing, and she runs into Steven, who tells Lou that... (full context)
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...Lou is, and Lou admits that she knows that the Traynors hired her to convince Will not to commit suicide. Nathan also knows about Will’s end of life plan, but has... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Ten days after Will is released from the hospital, Steven drops Will, Lou, and Nathan off at Gatwick airport.... (full context)
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On the twelve-hour flight, Lou realizes that Will is no different from anyone else stuck in an airline seat. The three friends watch... (full context)
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After three days, Will begins to look really better. The sun tans his hospital-pale skin and his appetite returns.... (full context)
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Lou, Will and Nathan’s days at the resort take on a pattern of good food, sunbathing, watching... (full context)
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...trip, Lou offers to let Nathan bring Karen to their hotel overnight. This means that Will and Lou have to share a room. Lou plans to sleep on the sofa, but... (full context)
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...Lou relaxes enough to get drunk, then goes on a walk along the beach with Will. Lou gets Will to admit that he is glad they came on this holiday, then... (full context)
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After a minute, Will pulls away from Lou. He can’t be with her, he says, because it reminds him... (full context)
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Lou asks Will if he has changed his mind about Switzerland. After a painful pause, Will answers no.... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Lou adamantly refuses to speak to or help Will on the flight back to England, much to the shock of the other passengers. Nathan... (full context)
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Camilla and Steven are waiting at the arrivals gate for Will, Nathan, and Lou, ready to take them to a fancy dinner and hear all about... (full context)
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...Lou as she leaves the airport and Lou can no longer hide the news that Will did not change his mind about going to Dignitas. Camilla faints and Steven rushes over... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Treena then goes in to Lou’s room to talk to Lou, and finds out that Will did not reconsider his end of life plan. Treena crawls in bed with her sister,... (full context)
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...eyes off the Traynor’s house down the street. Treena tells Lou to go talk to Will, but Lou says there is no point. Treena then tells Lou that Lou received a... (full context)
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...tears and tells her family the whole story of what she has been through with Will. Bernard assures Lou that she did everything she possibly could for Will, while Josie criticizes... (full context)
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The thirteenth of August arrives, the day of Will’s Dignitas appointment. Treena tries to convince Lou to come out of the house, but Lou... (full context)
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...doorbell rings, and Lou jumps up to answer it on the off-chance that it is Will. However, it is a reporter from the Globe who wants Louisa’s side of the very... (full context)
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...to call Camilla back. Lou has a short, tense conversation with Camilla. It turns out, Will is still alive and Camilla has booked Lou the last flight out that day to... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...in front of the door. Josie refuses to let Lou have anything to do with Will’s choice at Dignitas, arguing that caring for Granddad has taught her that all life is... (full context)
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...has nothing but sympathy for Lou, though he himself would never make the choice that Will is making, and reminds Lou that their friendship will continue even after Lou no longer... (full context)
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The Dignitas clinic looks like an ordinary house, and Will looks like he is staying at a bed and breakfast when Lou makes it into... (full context)
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Will thanks Lou for finally accepting the only thing he has control over in his life.... (full context)
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Will asks Lou to look up at him and she struggles to regain her composure. When... (full context)
Chapter 27
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A legal briefing regarding William John Traynor details Will’s medical condition as a C5-6 quadriplegic, and Will’s painstaking documentation of... (full context)
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Camilla and Steven split up after Will’s death, and Camilla resigns from her job as a magistrate. Though the Public Prosecution does... (full context)
Epilogue
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September 29. Lou follows instructions that Will left for her in his will. This leads her to a small café in Paris,... (full context)
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Lou then opens the last letter from Will. It tells her exactly how to spend her afternoon in Paris, and then outlines the... (full context)
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...her emotional news. Lou declines, pays her bill, and sets off to enjoy Paris as Will meant her to. (full context)