The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 5, Chapter 14 Summary
- The editor then congratulates Tomas for his article on Oedipus.
- Tomas laments that he can't operate anymore, but the editor tells him to think about how many people his article helped.
- Tomas argues that no, he helped people when he was a surgeon.
- Now Tomas's son jumps in and says that ideas can save lives too.
- But Tomas doesn't want to be famous for his idea. His whole was taken the wrong way, after all.
- He remembers why he wrote it in the first place. It was his image of Tereza as a baby in a basket sent downstream that sent him to the myths of Romulus, Moses, and Oedipus.
- Tomas's son tells him that it is his [Tomas's] duty to sign the petition.
- Again Tomas thinks about Tereza – she is the only thing that matters to him now. If he signs the petition, she will continue to be bothered by undercover spies at the bar.
- Finally, he tells the two men that it is more important to dig a crow out of the ground than send petitions about political prisoners.
- He knows they don't understand, but he's happy anyway. He's doing what he wants.
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