In a medieval Albanian town, two women, mother and daughter, are on their deathbed. Three years have passed since Doruntine married a foreigner and went off with him to his home far to the west in Bohemia. In the meantime, war broke out and all her brothers died. And last night, she came home.
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affair aide Albanian answer archbishop arrest arrival bania believe bessa Bohemia bring brother Constantine brought Doruntine back brought her back brought you back Byzantium Captain Stres cemetery chasuble chives Church cloak curse dark daughter dead death deputy distance door Dorun Doruntine's marriage explain eyes grave grief guard hand happened head heard heresy horse horseman husband icons idea incest inns Ismail Kadare journey Lady Mother lantern matter messenger mind Monastery monk Monsignor mourners mystery never night October eleventh old woman once perhaps prelate prince prisoner promise question replied riding road rumor seemed silence smile someone spoke stantine stantine's stared strangers Stres asked Stres felt Stres looked Stres repeated Stres stood Stres thought Stres's suddenly sure talk tell thing Three Crosses tion told took traveler truth turned village voice Vranaj house waiting walked wedding women words