Tereza cries as she walks down Petrin Hill. The man with the gun was kind, and she longs for him and his kindness. She was sent to her death by Tomas, but the other man wanted to help her. The more Tereza thinks about the other man, the more she longs for him, and she begins to fear Tomas even more.
Tereza sees the man with the rifle on Petrin Hill as the tall stranger who defended her in the bar. The tall stranger is kind, and she believes that she could fall in love with him very easily. This suggests that sex and love aren’t really all that disconnected after all. While Tereza doesn’t ultimately fall in love with him, she is tempted to.