The Fault in Our Stars: Chapters 5-8

In this popular novel, teenagers Hazel and Gus form an intense bond when they meet in a cancer support group.

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  1. sobriquet
    a familiar name for a person
    Now, it wasn’t as if I held my phone in my sweaty hand all day, staring at it while wearing my Special Yellow Dress, patiently waiting for my gentleman caller to live up to his sobriquet.
  2. sedentary
    requiring sitting or little activity
    They met in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, and so whenever anything happened there, even something terrible, it was like all of a sudden they were not large sedentary creatures, but the young and idealistic and self-sufficient and rugged people they had once been
  3. rapture
    a state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
    their rapture was such that they didn’t even glance over at me as I ate faster than I’d ever eaten, transmitting items from my plate into my mouth with a speed and ferocity that left me quite out of breath
  4. infrastructure
    basic facilities needed for the functioning of a country
    Finally I finished and said, “Can I be excused?” and they hardly even paused from their conversation about the strengths and weaknesses of Guinean infrastructure.
  5. insipid
    lacking interest or significance or impact
    My response is being written with ink and paper in the glorious tradition of our ancestors and then transcribed by Ms. Vliegenthart into a series of Is and Os to travel through the insipid web which has lately ensnared our species, so I apologize for any errors or omissions that may result.
  6. bacchanalia
    a wild gathering
    Given the entertainment bacchanalia at the disposal of young men and women of your generation, I am grateful to anyone anywhere who sets aside the hours necessary to read my little book.
  7. futility
    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
    Given the final futility of our struggle, is the fleeting jolt of meaning that art gives us valuable?
  8. encumbered
    loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load
    Of course, like all interrogation of the universe, this line of inquiry inevitably reduces us to asking what it means to be human and whether—to borrow a phrase from the angst-encumbered sixteen-year-olds you no doubt revile—there is a point to it all.
  9. revile
    spread negative information about
    Of course, like all interrogation of the universe, this line of inquiry inevitably reduces us to asking what it means to be human and whether—to borrow a phrase from the angst-encumbered sixteen-year-olds you no doubt revile—there is a point to it all.
  10. scant
    less than the correct or legal or full amount
    I fear there is not, my friend, and that you would receive scant encouragement from further encounters with my writing.
  11. tenuous
    lacking substance or significance
    I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.
  12. narcotic
    a drug that produces numbness or stupor
    Isaac let go of my hand to fumble for his pain pump, which you hit to give yourself a wave of narcotics.
  13. cloying
    overly sweet
    I asked, cloying.
  14. unblemished
    free from physical or moral spots or stains
    In the distance, soaked in the unblemished sunlight so rare and precious in our hometown, a gaggle of kids made a skeleton into a playground, jumping back and forth among the prosthetic bones.
  15. resonance
    the characteristic of having a loud deep sound
    The symbolic resonances are endless, Hazel Grace.
  16. vernacular
    a characteristic language of a particular group
    I thought about him in that way, to borrow a phrase from the middle school vernacular.
  17. preemptive
    designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
    He called it preemptive dumping.
  18. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
    So maybe you have this premonition that there is something fundamentally incompatible and you’re preempting the preemption.”
  19. lascivious
    driven by lust
    “In the event you do hook up with him, I expect lascivious details.”
  20. deadpan
    deliberately impassive in manner
    “We’re not sentimental people,” Mom added, deadpan.
  21. vacuous
    devoid of matter
    The only solution was to try to unmake the world, to make it black and silent and uninhabited again, to return to the moment before the Big Bang, in the beginning when there was the Word, and to live in that vacuous uncreated space alone with the Word.
  22. coterie
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    ...hovered over me one morning surrounded by a coterie of medical students.
  23. stifle
    conceal or hide
    He leaned in toward me, seemingly incapable of stifling the smile.
  24. sarcophagus
    a stone coffin, usually bearing sculpture or inscriptions
    Shakespeare told us precious little of the man whom he entombed in his linguistic sarcophagus.
  25. inexorable
    impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
    Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: They might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents’ suffering.
Created on September 9, 2013 (updated April 17, 2018)

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