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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Part 4, Chapter 24

By Milan Kundera

Part 4, Chapter 24

  • The ambassador tells Tereza that the rude bald-headed man is with the secret police.
  • He explains that the secret police remains secret to spy on people, but want to make themselves known for purposes of intimidation.
  • They want to stage situations to incriminate their enemies. They trap them.
  • Tereza immediately imagines that the engineer was sent by the secret police. It was all a set-up; even the drunk sixteen-year-old boy was in on it.
  • Now if they wanted to accuse her of prostitution, they have the engineer's testimonial.