| Quote #4
"I want you to be old. Ten years older. Twenty years older!"
A few pages earlier, Tereza expressed a desire to bring herself up to Tomas's level – now she wants to pull him down to hers. Both Tomas and Tereza acknowledge the essential inequality of their relationship.
| Quote #5
She longed to do something that would prevent her from turning back to Tomas. She longed to destroy brutally the past seven years of her life. It was vertigo. A heady, insuperable longing to fall.
What is the source of Tereza's vertigo?
| Quote #6
Sabina's exhibition the year before had not been particularly successful, so Marie-Claude did not set great store by Sabina's favor. Sabina, however, had every reason to set store by Marie-Claude's. Yet that was not at all evident from her behavior.
Of course, Sabina has all the power in the world because she's sleeping with Marie-Claude's husband.