after they find out that Van Houten is a miserable, mean spirited alcoholic. He claims he cannot give Hazel the answers she seeks, and rants about his nihilistic views of life and death. Eventually he insults Hazel, telling her she is dependent upon pity and that she, as a cancer survivor, is a side effect of evolution
Van Houten house
Upon returning to the United States, Augustus’ condition continues to worsen
In the final days before his passing, Augustus arranges a pre-funeral in the church basement where they met. Isaac and Hazel attend, and both deliver eulogies for Augustus.
a few days afer the funeral, Hazel finds out from Isaac that Augustus was writing a sequel to An Imperial Affliction for her.
Hazel reads the letter from Augstus
which states that getting hurt is inevitable, but we have a choice in who we allow to hurt us. His letter concludes by stating that he was happy with his choice, and he hopes Hazel likes her choice too. In the final line of the story, Hazel says she does.