The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 11 | Summary



They arrive in Amsterdam and check into the Hotel Filosoof. Hazel's mom wants to go to the Vondelpark, Amsterdam's famous central city park, but feeling tired, Hazel opts to take a nap, only to wake and find her mom still in the hotel, watching her as she sleeps. Once awake, her mom tells her she made a reservation for Hazel and Gus at the Oranjee restaurant. Hazel dresses in a nice sundress and finds Gus in a black suit, his death suit, when he arrives at her room. They arrive at the restaurant and have a romantic date. When they go to leave the restaurant, they find that Van Houten has paid for their meal. They wander down to the canal and sit on a bench where Hazel asks him about what happened to Caroline. Gus explains he met Caroline when she was already missing a portion of her brain due to the cancer. She was unpleasant and angry, but he felt once he was dating her he could not undate her. He was with her until she died. Hazel explains that is exactly what she doesn't want to do to him, but he counters her concern: "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."


During dinner Gus and Hazel discuss death and Gus's fear of earthly oblivion without having first done something important on this planet. For the first time, Hazel points out this viewpoint is unfair and selfish as she herself had yet to do anything that might be considered important or earthly significant; she feels as if he is unfairly judging her and others who have been unable to do more with their time on Earth.

This idea competes with the main concern of Hazel's that her life, her cancer, just causes more pain for the people in her life she cares about. Gus says once again it doesn't bother him, and for the first time, Hazel actually begins to believe him. The discussion of his previous girlfriend, Caroline, was a turning point for Hazel. She begins to understand Gus's feelings for her are different than those he had for Caroline. She believes he is willing to love her while recognizing at the same time she might cause him pain.

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