The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 5, Chapter 18 Summary
- This holiday from medicine was also a holiday from Tereza. They really only see each other on Sundays. Tomas worries about her, since he hasn't been around to take care of her.
- One Sunday, they go for a drive to the country and find an old town re-labeled with Russian names.
- There, he meets with a former patient of his. Tomas feels his old life coming back to him.
- Driving home, Tomas considers what a mistake he made coming back to Prague from Zurich.
- He's furious with Tereza for being responsible for it, and angry at the fortuities that led to their being together.
- A terrible silence grows between them. They don't talk all the way home or during dinner or before they go to bed.
- Tereza wakes up crying in the middle of the night.
- She tells Tomas she had a dream that she was buried, and that she only came out of the grave each week when Tomas came to see her.
- Then he was away for a month to be with another women, and when he came back she was so tired and weary that he didn't like the way she looked.
- He told her she needed a holiday, and she knew he meant that he wanted to be with another woman.
- Tomas tries to comfort her. "He thought he could not endure his love" (5.18.14).\
- The weight of her grief makes him feel as though he is about to have a heart attack.
- She goes back to sleep, but he cannot. He can only imagine that Tereza is dead, and that he is unable to wake her.
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