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Monday Morning Kiss [Czechoslovakia]

Free Czechoslovakia KissContinuing the Kissing in World Literature A-Z, the last C:

Czech Republic Czech: Česko – Česká republika
From Immortality
By Milan Kundera

He tried to prolong the date, leading her down the streets of the old part of town and then uphill to the courtyard of an old cloister teeming with tourists. He obviously had thought out everything in advance, because he led her quite briskly to a deserted passage, under the rather trite pretense that he wanted to show her a certain painting. They reached the end of the passage, but instead of a picture there was only a dark brown door, marked with the letters WC. The boy had not noticed the sign and stopped. She knew perfectly well that he was not very interested in paintings and that he was only looking for a secluded place where he could kiss her. Poor boy, he had found nothing better than a dirty corner next to a lavatory! She burst out laughing, and to make it clear that she wasn’t laughing at him she pointed out the sign. He laughed, too, but he was seized by hopelessness. It was impossible to hug and kiss her with those letter in the background (all the more since this was to be their first, and thus an unforgettable, kiss), and so he had no choice but to turn back with a bitter sense of capitulation.
They walked silently, and Agnes was angry: why didn’t he simply kiss her in the middle of the street? Why did he have to lead her instead down an obscure passage to a lavatory where generations of old and ugly and smelly monks had been relieving themselves? His embarrassment flattered her, because it was a sign of his bewildered love, but it irritated her even more, because it testified to his immaturity; going with a boy the same age seemed like lowering oneself: she was only interested in older boys. But perhaps because she thus was secretly rejecting him and yet knew at the same time that he was in love with her, a sense of justice prompted her to help him in his amorous efforts, to support him, to rid him of childish embarrassment. She resolved that if he couldn’t find the necessary courage, she would.
He was walking her home, and she planned that the moment they reached the gate of her house, she would throw her arms around him and kiss him, which would no doubt make him stand stock-still, completely flabbergasted. But at the last moment she lost the desire to do so, because his face was not merely sad but forbidding, even hostile. And so they merely shook hands and she walked off down the garden path to her door.

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(“I cannot live with you, you are too beautiful.” Milan Kundera)

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 16th, 2009 @16:10 #
     
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    Free 9-second kiss here, folks.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    February 16th, 2009 @16:19 #
     
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    10 seconds Ben! 10 seconds of Immortality.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 16th, 2009 @16:22 #
     
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    10! YouTube says 9 on my screen - what's weird about YT is that the length of a video isn't stable, it changes from screen to screen.

    Regardless, I think we can all agree that 10 second kisses are better than 9 second kisses.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    February 16th, 2009 @16:24 #
     
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    It depends on who you're kissing.

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  • <a href="http://karinamagdalenaszczurek.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    Karina
    February 16th, 2009 @16:32 #
     
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    Great kiss! 9 seconds on my screen :) Alex, the Queen of Kisses and Non-Kisses.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    February 16th, 2009 @16:40 #
     
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    Quite so, Alex. What if the kisser kisses kak? It's better if s/he kisses kiff.

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  • <a href="http://alexsmith.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Alex Smith</a>
    Alex Smith
    February 16th, 2009 @16:48 #
     
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    Sure is, Ben. Karina, isn't it lucky 'No More Kissing!day' (aka Valentine's Day) is over?:))

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  • <a href="http://karinamagdalenaszczurek.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    Karina
    February 16th, 2009 @16:49 #
     
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    Very lucky. I like kisses, real and literary ones :)

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