The Fault in Our Stars | Study Guide

John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars | Chapter 20 | Summary



Gus calls Hazel and asks her to come to the Literal Heart of Jesus, the somewhat sarcastic name Gus and Hazel have for the church where the cancer support group meets, at 8 p.m., prepared with a eulogy. She tells her parents her plan and gets into an argument with them—they feel as if she isn't spending enough time at home, but her argument is that sooner rather than later Gus is going to die and they will have her all to themselves. They are unsure what to say at that point. Hazel prepares a eulogy and drives to the church where Isaac and Gus are waiting. Isaac delivers his eulogy first, and Hazel goes next; Gus wanted to attend his own funeral and, in truth, the eulogies Isaac and Hazel give are more perceptive of Gus's actual character than what is later said at his true funeral.


Her parents are concerned about the amount of time she is spending with Gus even though they are aware of his impending death and perhaps in part because of it. Gus's choice to have a predeath eulogy attended only by Isaac and Hazel is telling in part because it suggests his sense of what is important in the larger scheme of things may not be wide recognition, but rather a deep connection with a few important people. His eulogies, both by Isaac and Hazel, are indicative of this and of the deep impact Gus had on their lives. Perhaps there is no better summation of Gus's impact on Hazel than the final words of her eulogy to him: "You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful."

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