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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 4, Chapter 20

By Milan Kundera

Part 4, Chapter 20

  • Tereza is on her way home one morning with Karenin when she comes across the head of a crow sticking up out of the ground where it has been half-buried. The crow, still alive, crows weakly.
  • Tereza tries to dig up the crow. In doing so, she breaks a nail and her finger starts bleeding.
  • She sees some small boys nearby who are clearly responsible for burying the creature in the first place.
  • She finally extracts the bird, now weak, wraps it in her scarf, and takes it home.