The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 15 | Summary



The start of the week begins with Gus's and Hazel's families all sitting together, eating and enjoying dinner. However, this is one of his last "healthy" moments as, after this night, although the specific amount of time is not noted, Gus subsequently declines in health. One week later he is in the hospital, placed in a wheelchair, his heart unable to handle the strain of walking anymore. Hazel is unable to see him. Two weeks later he is released, and Gus and Hazel return to the Funny Bones sculpture to consume a bottle of champagne in homage to their trip to Amsterdam.


Starting with Chapter 14, the chapters begin to become significantly shorter than the previous ones when Hazel is in Amsterdam, or even prior to the Amsterdam trip. Not only are they physically shorter, but the events that take place in these final chapters are truncated as if to mimic the fast passing of time with an almost surreal feeling. In Chapter 15 the beginning is framed around a pleasant but brief dinner, followed by a series of unfortunate events. Hazel's world seems to have shrunk to spending what time she has left with Gus. While readers can assume there are events happening for Hazel outside of the time she spends with Gus, she doesn't comment on them. However, the time she spends with Gus is laced with the inevitable presence of his death. At the park Gus comments, "Last time, I imagined myself as the kid. This time, the skeleton."

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