The Fault in Our Stars: Chapters 12-18

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. jowl
    a looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw
    A potbellied man with thin hair, sagging jowls, and a week-old beard squinted into the sunlight.
  2. abominable
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    How can someone pursuing a postgraduate degree in American literature display such abominable English-language skills?”
  3. ontological
    relating to the metaphysical study of existence
    “It is at any rate a pleasure to meet such ontologically improbable creatures.”
    ontology: the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
  4. missive
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
    Yours are the first missives to which I have replied, and look where that got me.
  5. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
    “Are you familiar with Zeno’s tortoise paradox?” he asked me.
  6. infinity
    time without end
    “Of course, you just run past the tortoise without contemplating the mechanics involved, but the question of how you are able to do this turns out to be incredibly complicated, and no one really solved it until Cantor showed us that some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
  7. putrid
    morally corrupt or evil
    “I disavow everything in that putrid novel,” Van Houten said, cutting me off.
  8. addled
    confused and vague; used especially of thinking
    I needed to keep his addled attention on my questions.
  9. moor
    secure in or as if in a berth or dock
    We had to park a block away from the Anne Frank House, and then while Lidewij stood in line to get tickets for us, I sat with my back against a little tree, looking at all the moored houseboats in the Prinsengracht canal.
  10. encroach
    impinge or infringe upon
    The blackness encroached around my field of vision as I pulled myself up, eighteen steps, steep as hell.
  11. innuendo
    an indirect and usually malicious implication
    Me: “‘I do not know which to prefer, / The beauty of inflections / Or the beauty of innuendos, / The blackbird whistling / Or just after.’”
  12. lurch
    move abruptly
    Finally the elevator lurched to a halt, and he pushed the mirrored door open.
  13. contorted
    twisted, especially as in pain or struggle
    He let me walk out first, of course, but then I didn’t know which direction to walk down the hallway, and so I just stood there outside the elevator and he stood there, too, his face still contorted, and I said again, “Okay?”
  14. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    ...wasn't leading the way to his room or anything, and I didn’t know where his room was, and as the stalemate continued, I became convinced he was trying to figure out a way not to hook up with me
  15. extricate
    release from entanglement or difficulty
    ...that I never should have suggested the idea in the first place, that it was unladylike and therefore had disgusted Augustus Waters, who was standing there looking at me unblinking, trying to think of a way to extricate himself from the situation politely.
  16. circumscribe
    restrict or confine
    We crawled into the bed, my freedom circumscribed some by the oxygen, but even so I could get on top of him and take his shirt off and taste the sweat on the skin below his collarbone as I whispered into his skin, “I love you, Augustus Waters,” his body relaxing beneath mine as he heard me say it.
  17. bluster
    a swaggering show of courage
    I stood up to play a me all full of bluster and machismo, shouting, “Get up, you fat ugly old man!”
  18. machismo
    exaggerated masculinity
    I stood up to play a me all full of bluster and machismo, shouting, “Get up, you fat ugly old man!”
  19. hierarchy
    a series of ordered groupings within a system
    So there is this thing called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
  20. palliative
    moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
    After a while, I pulled him over to the bed and we lay there together as he told me they’d started palliative chemo, but he gave it up to go to Amsterdam, even though his parents were furious.
  21. solace
    comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
    He was too smart for the kinds of solace I could offer.
  22. commiserate
    feel or express sympathy or compassion
    The adults headed down to the basement to commiserate or whatever, leaving the three of us alone in the living room.
  23. goad
    give heart or courage to
    I pointed at the little kids goading each other to jump from rib cage to shoulder and Gus answered just loud enough for me to hear over the din, “Last time, I imagined myself as the kid.
  24. eponymous
    relating to a name derived from a person
    We kissed for a while and then lay together listening to The Hectic Glow’s eponymous album, and eventually we fell asleep like that, a quantum entanglement of tubes and bodies.
    eponym: the name derived from a person (real or imaginary)
  25. indomitable
    impossible to subdue
    According to the conventions of the genre, Augustus Waters kept his sense of humor till the end, did not for a moment waver in his courage, and his spirit soared like an indomitable eagle until the world itself could not contain his joyous soul.
Created on September 9, 2013 (updated April 17, 2018)

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