One day he had some short man in here. My husband goes out, and that's where we always kept his shoes, good ones, with real fur, shoes with, what do you call them, rubber soles, from Finland, he goes out, and the shoes are missing! I say, "Slava, you had someone over for the night, some dark-skinned creep, the city is full of them now." "Yes." I say, "At three o'clock in the morning I come out of my room and he's opening doors, I tell you, and looking through the cabinets." I ask, "Where is he from," and he says, "from Slava's room." And in the morning, I say, there were shoes missing. How will he go to work when it's so cold out?
But I have to hand it to him, if he borrows money, he returns it. He gave us two thousand—in those days that was money—for those shoes. Because he's actually a skilled worker, a house painter, a builder. He graduated from technical school, for two years he was a student at the Economics Institute. He's got education. And then it happens again: he gets a job as a janitor to get the free room, and then he becomes a drunk, like all of them. So that's the story.