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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 1, Chapter 8

By Milan Kundera

Part 1, Chapter 8

  • Tereza continues to be haunted by dreams that symbolize her jealousy.
  • One night she dreams of being clawed by cats, and we're told that in Czech slang the word for "cat" means "pretty woman."
  • In another dream she and dozens of other naked women are marching around a swimming pool. Tomas stands in a basket hanging from the ceiling shooting orders at them to march and sing. When a woman doesn't obey his orders, he shoots her and she falls into the swimming pool.
  • In yet another dream, Tereza is dead in a hearse, surrounded by other dead women who talk to her as though they are good friends.