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When can I see you? Flirting was new to me, but I liked it. This old woman gave a lecture wherein she managed to talk for ninety minutes about Sylvia Plath without ever once quoting a single word of Sylvia Plath. When I got out of class, Mom was idling at the curb in front of the building. We drove over to the Castleton theater and watched a 3-D movie about talking gerbils. It was kind of funny, actually. When I got out of the movie, I had four text messages from Augustus.
Tell me my copy is missing the last twenty pages or something. Hazel Grace, tell me I have not reached the end of this book. Call me when you can. So when I got home I went out into the backyard and sat down on this rusting latticed patio chair and called him. It was a cloudy day, typical Indiana: Our little backyard was dominated by my childhood swing set, which was looking pretty waterlogged and pathetic. Augustus picked up on the third ring. Like the death cries of some injured animal.
Gus turned his attention to Isaac. Does Support Group Hazel make this better or worse? Even though it was a geographic inconvenience, I really liked Holliday Park. When I was a little kid, I would wade in the White River with my dad and there was always this great moment when he would throw me up in the air, just toss me away from him, and I would reach out my arms as I flew and he would reach out his arms, and then we would both see that our arms were not going to touch and no one was going to catch me, and it would kind of scare the shit out of both of us in the best possible way, and then I would legs-flailingly hit the water and then come up for air uninjured and the current would bring me back to him as I said again, Daddy, again.
Carting the tank behind me, I walked up to the door. I knocked. The sound. Can I carry your, uh, tank? Thanks, though, Mr. I was kind of scared to go down there. Listening to people howl in misery is not among my favorite pastimes.
But I went. Hazel, a gentle reminder: Isaac is in the midst of a psychotic episode. They were soldiers fighting in a bombed-out modern city. I recognized the place from The Price of Dawn. As I approached, I saw nothing unusual: Tears streamed down his reddened cheeks in a continual flow, his face a taut mask of pain.
He stared at the screen, not even glancing at me, and howled, all the while pounding away at his controller. Not even the slightest hint that he was aware of my existence. Just the tears flowing down his face onto his black T-shirt. Augustus glanced away from the screen ever so briefly.
He just wants to cry and play Counterinsurgence 2: The Price of Dawn. If you have any sage words of feminine advice. Augustus nodded at the screen. Moments later, tracer bullets started whizzing over their heads. Augustus sighed. They crouched behind a wall across the street and picked off the enemy one by one. His shoulders rounded over his controller, slamming buttons, his forearms taut, veins visible.
Isaac leaned toward the screen, the controller dancing in his thin-fingered hands. The waves of terrorists continued, and they mowed down every one, their shooting astonishingly precise, as it had to be, lest they fire into the school. Isaac dropped his controller in disappointment. His dismembered body exploded like a geyser and the screen went red. He reached into his pocket, pulled out a cigarette, and shoved it between his teeth.
Isaac was wailing again. Augustus snapped his head back to him. He nodded, the tears not like tears so much as a quiet metronome—steady, endless.
He wiped his sopping face with a sleeve.
And you do. It was like I was already gone, you know? How can you just break the promise? Isaac shot me a look.
But you keep the promise anyway. Love is keeping the promise anyway. But I thought that if true love did exist, that was a pretty good definition of it. And she promised. She promised me always. Isaac chased after the chair and kicked it again. Kick the shit out of that chair! Augustus looked over at me, cigarette still in his mouth, and half smiled.
Isaac was still throttling the wall with the pillow. Instead, he was squinting at Isaac. He walked over to Isaac and grabbed him by the shoulders. Try something that breaks. Isaac stomped on the trophy. The poor, mangled bodies of plastic basketballers littered the carpeted ground: Isaac kept attacking the trophies, jumping on them with both feet, screaming, breathless, sweaty, until finally he collapsed on top of the jagged trophic remnants. Augustus stepped toward him and looked down.
I had called him on the Night of the Broken Trophies, so per tradition it was his turn to call.
I went about my life: I met Kaitlyn and her cute but frankly not Augustinian boyfriend for coffee one afternoon; I ingested my recommended daily allowance of Phalanxifor; I attended classes three mornings that week at MCC; and every night, I sat down to dinner with my mom and dad.
Sunday night, we had pizza with green peppers and broccoli. I banished the thought as best I could. I had a PET scan scheduled in a couple weeks. Nothing to be gained by worrying between now and then. And yet still I worried. I liked being a person. I wanted to keep at it. Worry is yet another side effect of dying. I grabbed my phone from my purse on the kitchen counter and checked my recent calls. Augustus Waters. I went out the back door into the twilight. I could see the swing set, and I thought about walking out there and swinging while I talked to him, but it seemed pretty far away given that eating tired me.
That boy. Reading it, I just kept feeling like, like. I totally get it, like, I get that she died or whatever. It portrays death truthfully.
You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence. But I do—God, I do really want to know what happens to everyone else. But he, yeah, he never answers. You said he is a recluse? Vliegenthart this sixth of April, from the United States of America, insofar as geography can be said to exist in our triumphantly digitized contemporaneity.
I found her. I emailed her. She gave him the email. He responded via her email account. Keep reading. Vliegenthart into a series of 1s and 0s to travel through the insipid web which has lately ensnared our species, so I apologize for any errors or omissions that may result.
What do you mean by meant?
Or is the only value in passing the time as comfortably as possible? What should a story seek to emulate, Augustus? A ringing alarm? A call to arms? A morphine drip? 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. But to answer your question: No, I have not written anything else, nor will I.
I do not feel that continuing to share my thoughts with readers would benefit either them or me. Thank you again for your generous email. I spent the next two hours writing an email to Peter Van Houten. Dear Mr. My friend Augustus Waters, who read An Imperial Affliction at my recommendation, just received an email from you at this address. I hope you will not mind that Augustus shared that email with me.
Van Houten, I understand from your email to Augustus that you are not planning to publish any more books. I never have to worry whether your next book will live up to the magnificent perfection of the original. Or at least you got me right. I wonder, though, if you would mind answering a couple questions I have about what happens after the end of the novel.
Temple, etc. Also, is the Dutch Tulip Man a fraud or does he really love them? Do they stay together? And lastly—I realize that this is the kind of deep and thoughtful question you always hoped your readers would ask— what becomes of Sisyphus the Hamster? I know these are not important literary questions and that your book is full of important literary questions, but I would just really like to know. It took him a minute to find the book, but finally he read the quote to me.
God, Mayhem grits his teeth a lot in these books. My kissing—all prediagnosis—had been uncomfortable and slobbery, and on some level it always felt like kids playing at being grown. But of course it had been a while. 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.
It was Augustus who finally hung up. Augustus assured me it was because my email was better and required a more thoughtful response, that Van Houten was busy writing answers to my questions, and that brilliant prose took time.
But still I worried. Isaac out of surgery. It went well. That afternoon, Mom consented to loan me the car so I could drive down to Memorial to check in on Isaac. Um, Support Group Hazel? Night-of-the-broken-trophies Hazel?
Hi, Support Group Hazel. Come over here so I can examine your face with my hands and see deeper into your soul than a sighted person ever could.
I pulled a chair up and sat down, took his hand. Then nothing for a while. Isaac bit his nails, and I could see some blood on the corners of a couple of his cuticles. Fourteen months is a long time. God, that hurts. The nurse, having finished the bandage change, stepped back. Did she seriously say that? I mean is this my freaking arm or a dartboard? No condescending voice. There might be a little ouchie. I just want the hell out of this place.
His mouth tightened. I could see the pain. Is that crazy? The whole cancer thing. The medicine working. He was here when I woke up. Took off school. He nodded a little. And then, like the bitch I am: I went downstairs to the tiny windowless gift shop and asked the decrepit volunteer sitting on a stool behind a cash register what kind of flowers smell the strongest.
Same smell, and lots of it. The carnations were cheaper, so I grabbed a dozen yellow ones. They cost fourteen dollars. I went back into the room; his mom was there, holding his hand. She was young and really pretty. These are for him. I shook my head no. I talked to him a little before, when they were doing the bandages or whatever.
She nodded. I left. The next morning I woke up early and checked my email first thing. Dear Ms. Lancaster, I fear your faith has been misplaced—but then, faith usually is. I cannot answer your questions, at least not in writing, because to write out such answers would constitute a sequel to An Imperial Affliction, which you might publish or otherwise share on the network that has replaced the brains of your generation.
There is the telephone, but then you might record the conversation. Alas, dear Hazel, I could never answer such questions except in person, and you are there, while I am here. That noted, I must confess that the unexpected receipt of your correspondence via Ms.
Vliegenthart has delighted me: What a wondrous thing to know that I made something useful to you—even if that book seems so distant from me that I feel it was written by a different man altogether. The author of that novel was so thin, so frail, so comparatively optimistic! Should you find yourself in Amsterdam, however, please do pay a visit at your leisure. I am usually home. I would even allow you a peek at my grocery lists.
Still nervous, Mom knelt down to check on Philip to ensure he was condensing oxygen appropriately. Augustus Waters—style, I read him the letter in lieu of saying hello. I said nothing.
I was flattered but changed the subject immediately. Then he goes to this rehab or something for a while, but he gets to sleep at home, I think. I gotta go. I could hear his crooked smile.
We Hoosiers are excessively optimistic about summer. Mom and I sat next to each other on a bench across from a goat-soap maker, a man in overalls who had to explain to every single person who walked by that yes, they were his goats, and no, goat soap does not smell like goats. My phone rang. It was Gus, though. I knew the answer, because I am currently at your house. Well, we are on our way, I guess?
See you soon. He was holding a bouquet of bright orange tulips just beginning to bloom, and wearing an Indiana Pacers jersey under his fleece, a wardrobe choice that seemed utterly out of character, although it did look quite good on him. I wanted them to be my flowers. I brushed my hair and teeth and put on some lip gloss and the smallest possible dab of perfume. I kept looking at the flowers. They were aggressively orange, almost too orange to be pretty.
When I reentered my room, I could hear people talking, so I sat on the edge of my bed for a while and listened through my hollow bedroom door: I like your artwork. Legs are heavy! The treatment options these days—it really is remarkable. Augustus stood up and leaned over to her, whispering the answer, and then held a finger to his lips. I held it up as evidence, tilted my oxygen cart onto its front wheels, and started walking.
Augustus hustled over, offering me his arm, which I took. My fingers wrapped around his biceps. Unfortunately, he insisted upon driving, so the surprise could be a surprise. You think they liked me? Who cares, though? I thought of the PET scan. Worry is useless. I worried anyway. The only thing I could think of in this direction was the cemetery. Augustus reached into the center console, flipped open a full pack of cigarettes, and removed one.
A few of them are broken near the filters, but I think this pack could easily get me to my eighteenth birthday. Name some things that you never see in Indianapolis. He laughed. Keep going. Family-owned restaurants. Also, culture. We drove past the museum and parked right next to this basketball court filled with huge blue and red steel arcs that imagined the path of a bouncing ball.
We walked down what passes for a hill in Indianapolis to this clearing where kids were climbing all over this huge oversize skeleton sculpture. The bones were each about waist high, and the thighbone was longer than me. My shoulder hurt. I worried the cancer had spread from my lungs.
I imagined the tumor metastasizing into my own bones, boring holes into my skeleton, a slithering eel of insidious intent.
So are tulips. He unzipped it, producing an orange blanket, a pint of orange juice, and some sandwiches wrapped in plastic wrap with the crusts cut off. You remember William of Orange and everything?
And tomato. The tomatoes are from Mexico. 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.
He was holding the unlit cigarette between his fingers, flicking at it as if to get rid of the ash.
He placed it back in his mouth. Like, you just have to jump from rib cage to skull. Which means that, second, the sculpture essentially forces children to play on bones. The symbolic resonances are endless, Hazel Grace. You are probably wondering why you are eating a bad cheese sandwich and drinking orange juice and why I am wearing the jersey of a Dutchman who played a sport I have come to loathe. The Grim Reaper was staring you in the face and the fear of dying with your Wish still in your proverbial pocket, ungranted, led you to rush toward the first Wish you could think of, and you, like so many others, chose the cold and artificial pleasures of the theme park.
But let me submit that the real heroes of the Wish Factory are the young men and women who wait like Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot and good Christian girls wait for marriage. These young heroes wait stoically and without complaint for their one true Wish to come along.
You had to be pretty sick for the Genies to hook you up with a Wish. There was all this light on his face; he had to squint to look at me, which made his nose crinkle adorably. They said Amsterdam is lovely in the beginning of May. They proposed leaving May third and returning May seventh. My body tensed, and I think he saw it, because he pulled his hand away.
I told her that the tulips and the Dutch artist and everything were all because Augustus was using his Wish to take me to Amsterdam. Maria herself. My dad understood my cancer the way I did: But my mom knew more about differentiated thyroid carcinoma in adolescents than most oncologists.
The Genies are loaded. Finally, she started to get excited, typing tasks into her phone: I kind of had a headache, so I downed a couple Advil and decided to take a nap. But I ended up just lying in bed and replaying the whole picnic with Augustus. The gentle familiarity felt wrong, somehow. I thought maybe it was how orchestrated the whole thing had been: It all felt Romantic, but not romantic. But the truth is that I had never wanted him to kiss me, not in the way you are supposed to want these things.
I mean, he was gorgeous. I was attracted to him. I thought about him in that way, to borrow a phrase from the middle school vernacular. But the actual touch, the realized touch. It was not a move designed to elicit arousal, but it was certainly a designed move, because Augustus Waters was no improviser. So what had he been trying to convey? At some point, I realized I was Kaitlyning the encounter, so I decided to text Kaitlyn and ask for some advice.
She called immediately. The things I would do to that boy. But, oh, sweet holy Lord, I would ride that one-legged pony all the way around the corral. Right, you and Augustus Waters. I mean, I definitely like him. Sometimes beautiful people have ugly hands. He called it preemptive dumping. It took me a sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints and forty minutes to get over that boy.
I had a postmonition. I pulled out my laptop and looked up Caroline Mathers. The physical similarities were striking: But her eyes were dark brown mine are green and her complexion was much darker—Italian or something.
Thousands of people—literally thousands—had left condolence messages for her. I was able to click through to some of her pictures. Augustus was in a bunch of the earlier ones: The most recent pictures were all of her before, when she was healthy, uploaded postmortem by friends: My healthy self looked very little like her healthy self.
I kept clicking back to this one wall post, written two months ago, nine months after she died, by one of her friends. We all miss you so much.
It just never ends. It feels like we were all wounded in your battle, Caroline. I miss you. I love you. After a while, Mom and Dad announced it was time for dinner. I kept telling myself to compartmentalize, to be here now at the circular table arguably too large in diameter for three people and definitely too large for two with this soggy broccoli and a black-bean burger that all the ketchup in the world could not adequately moisten.
I told myself that imagining a met in my brain or my shoulder would not affect the invisible reality going on inside of me, and that therefore all such thoughts were wasted moments in a life composed of a definitionally finite set of such moments. I even tried to tell myself to live my best life today. Because there had not been an earthquake in Papua New Guinea that day, my parents were all hyperfocused on me, and so I could not hide this flash flood of anxiety.
I took a bite of burger. Tried to say something that a normal person whose brain was not drowning in panic would say. I tried not to think about the word wounded, which of course is a way of thinking about it. Like Caroline Mathers had been a bomb and when she blew up everyone around her was left with embedded shrapnel. Dad asked me if I was working on anything for school. She seemed annoyed about it. For me to be teenagery?
He cried a lot, my dad. I really am fine; I just want to go read for a while. So it was all like, Caroline continues to have behavioral problems. Hoping to go home on Thursday.
So of course I tensed up when he touched me. To be with him was to hurt him—inevitably. I decided to text him. I wanted to avoid a whole conversation about it.
Anyway, sorry. He responded a few minutes later. I wrote back. He responded: Oh, my God, stop flirting with me! I just said: My phone buzzed moments later. I was kidding, Hazel Grace. I understand. But we both know that okay is a very flirty word. I was very tempted to respond Okay again, but I pictured him at my funeral, and that helped me text properly. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade.
You are amazing. Except go to school. But I took stupid Bluie and kind of cuddled with him as I fell asleep. I still had one arm draped over Bluie, in fact, when I awoke just after four in the morning with an apocalyptic pain fingering out from the unreachable center of my head. I was left on the shore with the waves washing over me, unable to drown. There was nothing to do: Screaming made it worse. All stimuli made it worse, actually.
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. People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I had been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on.
But make no mistake: In that moment, I would have been very, very happy to die. I woke up in the ICU. There was wailing down the hall. I was alone. I hit the red call button. A nurse came in seconds later. Whereupon I started to feel pretty tired again. But I woke up a bit when my parents came in, crying and kissing my face repeatedly, and I reached up for them and tried to squeeze, but my everything hurt when I squeezed, and Mom and Dad told me that I did not have a brain tumor, but that my headache was caused by poor oxygenation, which was caused by my lungs swimming in fluid, a liter and a half!!!!
Mom told me I was going to go home, that I really was, that I would just have to get this drained every now and again and get back on the BiPAP, this nighttime machine that forces air in and out of my crap lungs. No new tumors.
My shoulder pain had been lack-of-oxygen pain. Heart-working-too-hard pain. I liked Dr. She asked me if I wanted some ice chips, and I nodded, and then she sat at the bed with me and spooned them into my mouth.
A celebrity did drugs. Politicians disagreed. A different celebrity wore a bikini that revealed a bodily imperfection. A team won a sporting event, but another team lost. You miss too much.
I mumbled a thank-you. Praise God for good nurses. I nodded. You say thanks a lot in a hospital. I tried to settle into the bed.
Family only. It would take me six days to get home, six undays of staring at acoustic ceiling tile and watching television and sleeping and pain and wishing for time to pass.
I did not see Augustus or anyone other than my parents. I felt a little better each day, though: Each sleep ended to reveal a person who seemed a bit more like me. Sleep fights cancer, Regular Dr.
Jim said for the thousandth time as he hovered over me one morning surrounded by a coterie of medical students. I was beginning to think that I was the subject of some existentialist experiment in permanently delayed gratification when Dr.
Maria showed up on Friday morning, sniffed around me for a minute, and told me I was good to go. A nurse came in and took out my IV. I felt untethered even though I still had the oxygen tank to carry around with me. I went into the bathroom, took my first shower in a week, got dressed, and when I got out, I was so tired I had to lie down and get my breath. I stood up and shuffled over to one of the molded plastic chairs against the wall, tucking my tank beneath the chair.
It wore me out. Dad came back with Augustus a few minutes later. His hair was messy, sweeping down over his forehead. He sat down in the blue faux-leather recliner next to my chair. He leaned in toward me, seemingly incapable of stifling the smile. Mom and Dad left us alone, which felt awkward.
My voice was smaller than I wanted it to be. I just want, like. He was so beautiful. He reached for my hand but I shook my head. Waters, I am in receipt of your electronic mail dated the 14th of April and duly impressed by the Shakespearean complexity of your tragedy. Everyone in this tale has a rock-solid hamartia: What a slut time is. She screws everybody. Shakespeare told us precious little of the man whom he entombed in his linguistic sarcophagus. Witness also that when we talk about literature, we do so in the present tense.
When we speak of the dead, we are not so kind. You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect. Full disclosure: I am not the first to make this observation.
The dead are visible only in the terrible lidless eye of memory. The living, thank heaven, retain the ability to surprise and to disappoint. She wishes to spare you pain, and you should let her. Yours truly, Peter Van Houten It was really written by him. I licked my finger and dabbed the paper and the ink bled a little, so I knew it was really real. She was always waiting. She peeked her head around the door.
Maria and ask if international travel would kill me? Every so often, a bunch of doctors and social workers and physical therapists and whoever else got together around a big table in a conference room and discussed my situation.
Not the Augustus Waters situation or the Amsterdam situation. The cancer situation. Maria led the meeting. She hugged me when I got there. She was a hugger. I felt a little better, I guess. Sleeping with the BiPAP all night made my lungs feel almost normal, although, then again, I did not really remember lung normality. Everyone got there and made a big show of turning off their pagers and everything so it would be all about me, and then Dr.
So the question is, how should we proceed? Simons tapped at the table with his forefinger. Very few people have been on it as long as you have. I hated Cancer Team Meetings in general, but I hated this one in particular.
I understood: No use wasting good lungs on a hopeless case. I nodded, trying not to look like that comment hurt me. My dad started crying a little. I hated hurting him. Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: Anyway, eventually we decided to keep things the same only with more frequent fluid drainings.
At the end, I asked if I could travel to Amsterdam, and Dr. Simons actually and literally laughed, but then Dr. Maria shrugged. On the car ride home, my parents agreed: I would not be going to Amsterdam unless and until there was medical agreement that it would be safe.
I was already in bed—after dinner had become my bedtime for the moment—propped up with a gajillion pillows and also Bluie, with my computer on my lap. I laughed again. The smaller circle is seventeen-year-old guys with one leg. Then I got off the phone and my mom and dad came into my room, and even though it was really not big enough for all three of us, they lay on either side of the bed with me and we all watched ANTM on the little TV in my room.
Then Mom hooked me up to the BiPAP and tucked me in, and Dad kissed me on the forehead, the kiss all stubble, and then I closed my eyes. The BiPAP essentially took control of my breathing away from me, which was intensely annoying, but the great thing about it was that it made all this noise, rumbling with each inhalation and whirring as I exhaled.
I kept thinking that it sounded like a dragon breathing in time with me, like I had this pet dragon who was cuddled up next to me and cared enough about me to time his breaths to mine. I was thinking about that as I sank into sleep. I got up late the next morning. It was too pathetic even for me. Around three, when I figured Augustus would be home from school, I went into the backyard and called him.
As the phone rang, I sat down on the grass, which was all overgrown and dandeliony. The sky was gray and low and full of rain but not yet raining. I was still saying it when he called back. Behind me, I heard the sliding-glass door open. I turned around. It was Augustus, wearing khaki pants and a short-sleeve plaid button- down. I wiped my face with my sleeve and smiled. It took him a second to sit down on the ground next to me, and he grimaced as he landed rather ungracefully on his ass.
I looked over at him. He was looking past me, into the backyard. Why would you even like me? He just held on to me, his fingers strong against my left arm. Gus loaded this giveaway site called Free No Catch and together we wrote an ad. Do you realize how rare it is to come across a hot girl who creates an adjectival version of the word pedophile? You are so busy being you that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are. There was never enough air in the world, but the shortage was particularly acute in that moment.
We wrote the ad together, editing each other as we went. In the end, we settled upon this: Make memories with your kid or kids so that someday he or she or they will look into the backyard and feel the ache of sentimentality as desperately as I did this afternoon.
Swing set currently resides near 83rd and Spring Mill. As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: When I checked my email an hour later, I learned that we had plenty of swing-set suitors to choose from. I emailed him back and told him to pick it up at his leisure. We were sitting there on the couch together, and he pushed himself up to go but then fell back down onto the couch and sneaked a kiss onto my cheek.
He turned back to me. I went to bed right after dinner, the BiPAP drowning out the world beyond my room. I never saw the swing set again.
I had an email from Lidewij Vliegenthart. Dear Hazel, I have received word via the Genies that you will be visiting us with Augustus Waters and your mother beginning on 4th of May. Only a week away! Peter and I are delighted and cannot wait to make your acquaintance.
Perhaps we should give you one day for the jet lag, yes? And then perhaps afterward we can tour a museum or the Anne Frank House? I texted Augustus because I knew he was in school: Still free May three? I looked down my blouse at my chest. The cast had rotated a bit down there in the Literal Heart of Jesus. I arrived early, enough time for perennially strong appendiceal cancer survivor Lida to bring me up- to-date on everyone as I ate a grocery-store chocolate chip cookie while leaning against the dessert table.
Twelve-year-old leukemic Michael had passed away. Everyone else was still around. Ken was NEC after radiation. Lucas had relapsed, and she said it with a sad smile and a little shrug, the way you might say an alcoholic had relapsed.
A cute, chubby girl walked over to the table and said hi to Lida, then introduced herself to me as Susan. She had put makeup over the scar, which only served to emphasize it. His mom led him to a chair, kissed the top of his head, and shuffled back toward the elevator. He felt around beneath him and then sat. I sat down in the chair next to him.
Glad to be home, I guess. Gus told me you were in the ICU? The world went on, as it does, without my full participation, and I only woke up from the reverie when someone said my name. It was Lida the Strong. Lida in remission. Blond, healthy, stout Lida, who swam on her high school swim team. She just keeps fighting the battle, waking up every morning and going to war without complaint.
I just wish I had her strength. I felt bad for him. Isaac lived in a small ranch house in Meridian Hills next to this fancy private school. We sat down in the living room while his mom went off to the kitchen to make dinner, and then he asked if I wanted to play a game. Those are mentioned as makes your conversational contribution such as is required maxim quantity , at the stage at which it occurs maxim quality , by the accepted purpose or direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged maxim relation and manner.
According to Grice, conversational implicature occurs when the maxims are observed or flouted by the language users. Moreover, implicature has constricted relationship with context when and where the utterance is used and who utter it.
In line with this notion, conversational implicature is divided into generalized conversational implicature GCI and particularized conversational implicature PCI. Context-bound differs these two kinds in which GCI is not context-bounded while PCI is dependent on what context the implicature appears.
The presence of implicature in discourse application in real language usage sometimes leads to misinterpretation in the meaning of the intended information in both spoken and written text. In spoken form of language usage, if the audience fails to catch the meaning of what the speaker says, the audience can ask for more clear and direct meaning of the unclear information.
But in the case of written text, where the readers and the author are not in one and the same occasion, the chance of successful communication acquired by the readers seems to have lesser opportunity rather than the previous one. Novel authors often use figurative words and sentence to express their idea that the readers should imply by themselves to get the meaning of what the author writes. It is quite difficult for the readers to have their own perception and understanding of the text while the author has his own intention in what he writes.
This account leads to the potential occurrence of implicature in literary works, especially novels. Grice argued that speakers intend to be cooperative during the talk, hence, what if it can be true that the author and readers of a literary work try to be alike.
Jacob L. Considering the notion of emerging implicature in novel, the researcher attempts to account for this affair. Dealing with this, the researcher puts her concern on implicature analysis on this novel. To scrutinize how implicature is organized is a matter since it is important to us to know how author makes some efforts to be cooperative with the readers to succeed the communication; in this case is through reading.
Grice to encounter the issue that there is meaning or intention beyond what merely said or entailed in communication. It can occur in any kinds of communication written or spoken.
In the nature of communication where one person speaks to others about certain thing, there is cooperative effort between them to reach eloquent communication. This effort engages the circumstances of linguistic form and intended meaning by the speaker and how audience can make distinctive interpretation amongst them.
Thus, to account for this issue, Grice divided implicature into two types, they are conventional implicature and conversational implicature. Conventional implicature is considered as the conventional meaning of utterances said by speaker.
It is regarded to be no more than literal meaning of linguistic form of the speech or writing. Conventional implicature is also determined as mere semantic meaning which is drawn not more from the lexical word form. On the other hand, the notion of conversational implicature is closely related to the presence of general principle, which is proposed by Grice as a set of rule of maxims which is normally speaker and hearer will act during their talk, and context bound in which the conversation takes place.
Conversational implicature apparently can be understood as what a hearer can interpret from what literally speaker says since they share the same knowledge of context bound that what speaker says does mean so even though it does not merely appear in the speech. This kind of phenomena possibly can occur when both speaker and hearer realize that they should be cooperative in communication. Conversational implicature is a more complex version of implicature. In addition to the Cooperative Principle, Grice also proposes the four maxims.
Cooperative principle and the maxims are regarded as a set of keys to interpret the conversational implicature. The four maxims are as follows Grice, , p. Try to make your contribution one that is true.
Be relevant. Be perspicuous. It shows that cooperative principle always copes with the conversational implicature. When a speaker puts up with the maxims, it means that the implicature occurs since the maxims are fulfilled.
It is like the hearer or reader regards that the speaker completes and obeys the cooperative principle. But sometimes, in the real communication, especially in such a kind of literary work, the cooperative principle is not always abided. The maxims of conversation can be flouted or hedged. Meanwhile, the hedges can be in the form of phrases, clause or sentence. This novel consists of 25 chapters and has pages thickness. This novel tells a tragic-romance story about two teenagers suffering from cancer who find the meaning of love and life each other since they met.
Hazel Grace Lancaster main character who is suffering thyroid cancer in her lungs met Augustus Waters secondary main character , a boy a little older than Hazel who lost a quarter of his leg because of osteosarcoma in the occasion of Support Group meeting a group in which several cancer survivors meet to share their cancer fighting survival stories.
TFiOS has good reputation as a literary work. It has several honorable awards since the publishing date and attracts a lot of attention from readers all around the world. This study aims at investigating the strategies applied by the characters in the novel in relation to cooperative principles used in their conversations both generalized as well as particularized implicatures.
The research instrument of this study is the researcher herself who collected the data in the following steps: Data, Context, Analysis 2 Describing the context of the collected data briefly based on the interpretation of each datum.
There are ten findings of generalized conversational implicature and fifteen findings of particularized conversational implicature. In addition, the utterances that are regarded as generalized conversational implicature have five patterns of maxims while the utterances that are considered as particularized conversational implicature have four patterns of maxims.
Maxims Organization of Generalized Conversational Implicature The table of each implicature organization below represents how the implicature is organized based on the data type, type implicature, and how the engagement of patterns of maxims of conversation Cooperative Principle. According to the implicature type, there are five kinds of patterns of maxims organization. It is presented based on the data type, type implicature and how the engagement of patterns of maxims of conversation Cooperative Principle.
Table 2: According to the implicature type, there are four kinds of patterns of maxims organization. Each of these data type has its own pattern.
The data which is in the form of narration has two patterns of maxims organization. First, flouted maxim of manner and observed maxims of quantity, quality and relation which represents by data 1.
Second, data 2 represents the pattern of maxims organization which is flouted maxim of quality and manner and observed maxim of quantity and relation. Meanwhile, the data which is in the form of dialogue has four patterns of maxims organization. The first pattern is flouted maxim of quality represented by data 3, the second pattern is flouted maxim of quantity and quality represented by data 4, the third pattern is flouted maxim of quality and manner represented by data 5, 6, 7 and 8, and the fourth pattern is flouted maxim of quantity, quality and manner represented by data 9 and data The first pattern is represented by data 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 flouted two maxims of Quality and Manner and observed two maxims of Quantity and Relation.
The second pattern is represented by data 4, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 flouted three maxims of Quantity, Quality and Manner and observed one maxim Relation. The third pattern is represented by data 5 flouted two maxims of Quantity and Manner and observed two maxims of Quality and Relation.
And the fourth pattern is represented by data 14 and 15 flouted all the four maxims of Quantity, Quality, Relation and Manner. As a result, the findings of this study are that at least one maxim is flouted and three maxims are flouted at most in generalized conversational implicatures. Meanwhile, in particularized conversational implicatures, at least two maxims are flouted and four maxims are flouted at most. In addition, the pattern of observed maxim mostly used is maxim of relation.
It shows that the novel author intends to make the readers experience not only reading a literary work of his novel but also to involve in the world created by the author. Besides, the author of this novel probably wants to bring his readers in an experience of reading in which the readers can involve in the talk of the characters to get closer to them and the storyline.
They are more like contractual obligations or laws of the land. If you break one, you do not falsify it. Despite of the notion of flouted maxims, it shows that the maxim observed is mostly the maxim of Relation.
Hence, it means that even though numerous utterances are flouted, the relevance between utterances that are impressively regarded as ambiguous, obscured, hyperbolic or less informative is still preserved to make the story and the wordings that are used lies in lucid wholeness. Tracing back to the notion of maxims organization, the maxim of quality constitutes the notion of utterance should be truthful and sufficiently evinced.
The infringement on it that employs figurative items irony, metaphor, hyperbole, understatement etc. Meanwhile, the maxim of manner constitutes the codes of how author talks and does in his work through the characters in the novel. Choosing to be obscured, ambiguous, prolix and neglecting the brief assertions are the ways of the author to invite the readers to his peculiar words and his inscribed ideas. To write such a captivating novel is not as easy as directly mouthing someone with wordiness of some speech.
It is assumed that written literary work, for example is novel, requires the readers to imagine every single part of it.