The Unbearable Lightness of Being Short Essay - Answer Key

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

Tomas struggles with calling Tereza or not calling her. He does not want the responsibility of inviting her and her offering up her life. At the same time, he can't stop thinking about her and tries to figure out whether what he is feeling is hysteria or love.

2. How does Tomas ensure that erotic friendship never grows into the aggression of love?

In order to prevent erotic friendships from growing into love, Tomas meets each of his long-term mistresses only at intervals. He abides by the rules of threes which is he either sees a woman three times in quick succession and then never again, or he maintains relations over the years but makes sure that the rendezvous are at least three weeks apart.

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