The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 6, Chapter 28 Summary
- When Simon receives the telegram about Tomas and Tereza's death, he immediately gets on his motorcycle and heads to their village to arrange the funeral.
- On Tomas's gravestone, he has engraved the words: "HE WANTED THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH" (6.28.2). He knows that Tomas would never have said these words, but feels as though they expressed what his father thought, deep down.
- Above Franz's grave were the words "A RETURN AFTER LONG WANDERINGS" (6.28.3).
- Religiously, it meant a return to God's kingdom. But of course everyone knew that it was meant to refer to his marriage with Marie-Claude.
- Indeed, Marie-Claude popularized this interpretation.
- According to Marie-Claude, Franz had simply been taken by a mid-life crisis, and was ensnared by that young girl. But deep down, Franz was good, and always loved his wife.
- This was why, tortured, he sought his own death in Cambodia.
- He even begged her forgiveness, she says, with his eyes of course, before his death. And she forgave him.
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