The Unbearable Lightness of Being Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Part 1, Chapter 3, what did Tomas struggle with after Tereza returned to her small Czech town?

Calling Tereza or not calling her. He did not want the responsibility of inviting her and she offering up her life. At the same time, he couldn't stop thinking about her and tried to figure out whether it was hysteria or love.

2. How did Tomas ensure that erotic friendship never grew into the aggression of love?

He would meet each of his long-term mistresses only at intervals, and abide by the rules of threes. Either you see a woman three times in quick succession and then never again, or you maintain relations over the years but make sure that the rendezvous are at least three weeks apart.

3. Why did Tomas initially reject the Swiss doctor's office to in Switzerland?

For Tereza's sake. He assumed she would not want to leave, especially since she had spent the whole first week of the Russian occupation in a trance almost resembling happiness, roaming the streets with her camera and taking photos.

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