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Chapter 11

Setting: Hotel Filosoof Amsterdam, Restaurant Oranjee

Time: May 6

Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters, Hazel's mother

Summary: After Hazel has rested for a few hours at the Filosoof Hotel, she goes out to eat with Augustus at the Oranjee Restaurant. Hazel and Augustus are dressed very elegantly. Augustus is wearing the suit he bought for his own funeral. Van Houten's assistant has reserved a table for the two of them. Hazel and Augustus enjoy the view of the passing cyclists and the boats on the canal. Hazel drinks alcohol for the first time in her life. Lidewij has ordered champagne for them as a welcome drink.

Augustus is very accommodating. He can remember that Hazel is a vegetarian, although she has mentioned this only once in passing. He compliments her. Hazel becomes more and more insecure and can hardly resist him. Her conscience pulls her back and forth. She refers to the meal together as a date. Augustus likes that. Despite the romantic setting, they keep talking about their illnesses and how they won't live long.

Augustus is afraid of being forgotten. He does not want to leave the world without leaving something behind. He believes that he is not destined to have a life or a death that has any meaning. Hazel thinks he is out of his mind. She is irritated and cannot hide this. It’s tactless to tell someone like her that people should not die before achieving something significant. Augustus is acting selfishly here. 

After dinner, they stroll along the canal and talk about the next day. Will Van Houten tell them the continuation? As they sit on a bench, Hazel touches Augustus’ leg and he winces. It seems to cause him pain.

The two talk about Augustus' relationship with Caroline. Caroline's brain tumor triggered severe emotional fluctuations and behavioral disorders in her. From one second to the next, she pointed to Augustus' amputated leg and called him a cripple. She joked about it for weeks. Hazel is shocked. She doesn't want to put Augustus through the same thing again. But Augustus doesn't mind. He calls it an honor to have his heart broken by her.

Chapter 12

Setting: Hotel Filosoof Amsterdam, Van Houtens apartment, Anne Frank house, Augustus hotel room

Time: May 7

Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters, Hazel's mother, Peter Van Houten, Lidewij Vliegenthart

Summary: Hazel wakes up very early. She gets ready for the meeting with the writer. The Anna, the character from the novel, likes to wear Converse sneakers, dark jeans, and a light blue T-shirt with the surrealist painting belonging to the Belgian painter René Magritte, . The painting presents a pipe, under which there is the French phrase "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." (This is not a pipe). There are thousands of allusions to Magritte in the novel. 

Hazel is very nervous. When the two youngsters arrive at Van Houten's house, he does not make them feel welcome . He opens the door in men's pajamas and a seventh-day beard and calls the two "apparitions". His assistant reminds him that he invited the two fans. Van Houten apparently did not really mean this. He accuses Lidewij of arranging the meeting behind his back. Van Houten calls the two ontologically improbable creatures. He does not seem to be in his right mind.

After Hazel and Augustus enter the apartment, Van Houten begins to get drunk. He has a drinking problem. Lidewij tries to mediate again and again, but Van Houten behaves terribly. He asks Hazel if she dressed like Anna on purpose. The fact seems to make him aggressive. Van Houten continues to insult the two.

Hazel doesn't let him upset her despite his rude behavior. She continues to probe for the answers. Van Houten does not respond and deflects mentioning the Greek philosopher Zenon. After that he asks if they know Swedish hip-hop. They have to listen to the song "Bomfalleralla" and of course they don't understand a word. Augustus slowly starts to lose his nerve and asks Lidewij if Van Houten is serious or if this is some kind of performance. Lidewij admits that he is always like that.

Hazel continues to probe. Van Houten gives a few answers at first, but then is honest and says he didn't think Hazel and Augustus would make it to the Netherlands in their condition. He just wanted to comfort them. His novel characters are fictional, he says, and nothing happens to them at all. When the novel ends, they no longer exist.

Hazel gets upset like a little child and does not want to accept this truth. Van Houten does not want to feel sorry for her and starts to insult her. He calls them a "side effect" of the evolutionary process, which cares little for individual life: they are a failed experiment in mutation. This remark is the last straw. Lidewij immediately quits her job. 

This does not hurt Hazel. She already knows what her fate is. She screams at Van Houten one last time. She still wants to know what will become of Anna's mother. After Van Houten indifferently tells her that there is no ending to the novel, Hazel is outraged. She takes a swing and the scotch glass flies at Van Houten’s nose. Augustus pulls Hazel out of the apartment before the situation escalates further. Hazel takes some time to calm down. The two decide that Van Houten is a scumbag.

Lidewij runs after them and invites them to the Anne Frank House. She keeps apologizing for Van Houten's behavior and expresses that he is a monster. The stairs in the Anne Frank house are very exhausting. Hazel suffers a fainting spell. She goes through with the tour of the house and the museum anyway.

Hazel is very impressed by the environment in which Anne spent the last days before her death. She remembers Anne kissing a boy in this house. Hazel frees herself from the thought of keeping Augustus away from her, and the two begin to kiss. The other visitors around them clap and shout "Bravo!". After Lidewij drives them back to the hotel, the two go to Augustus' room. They have sex for the first time. After Augustus falls asleep, Hazel writes him a love letter.

Chapter 13

Setting: Vondelpark, Augustus' room

Time: May 8

Characters: Hazel Grace Lancaster, Augustus Waters, Hazel's mother

Summary: The next day Hazel and Augustus go for a walk together with Hazel's mother. They tell her about yesterday at Van Houten's, leaving out the intimate details. Hazel's mother then leaves the two alone. Hazel notices that August is acting strangely. She fears something is wrong. They go to his room. But instead of lying down next to her on the bed, Augustus sits down on an armchair.

Augustus tells Hazel that just before she was hospitalized, he developed pain in his hip. A PET scan had found cancer in his chest cavity, left hip, liver, basically everywhere. Both know that Augustus will not survive this cancer attack. It gets quiet in the room.

Hazel complains that this is not fair. Life is unfair. Augustus promises Hazel he will fight. He has interrupted his chemotherapy for the trip to Amsterdam. At home, he has to continue with it. This also explains why he cried so much the mor...

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