A member of the Communist regime who tries to get Tomas to retract the article Tomas wrote about Oedipus. The dignitary implies that Tomas will be able to operate as a surgeon again if he just retracts what he said in the article. The regime even drafts a retraction for Tomas on his behalf, which the dignitary delivers to him, but Tomas refuses to sign. The dignitary is another arm of the regime. He serves to intimidate and spy on the Czech people and keep them silenced under the regime.
The Dignitary Character Timeline in The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The timeline below shows where the character The Dignitary appears in The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 6
Part 5, Chapter 13