When I was little, there was a different elevator. And behind it... Let's go see what's behind it. Probably pails and brooms. The janitor used to live there, the janitor's family. There was a Tatar janitor who lived there and swept everything. And I have to say that when my grandma was a little girl—that's grandma Liza, you never saw her—there were carpets everywhere. And here, look, right here on this staircase there was a carpet. And the elevator had a special elevator operator man. Now we get into the elevator and we press the button ourselves. But back then the people didn't just get into the elevator and they didn't press the button themselves. The elevator had a chair in it, and on that chair sat the elevator operator. He worked from ten until eight o'clock in the evening and then he went home. And that was it, and if you came home after eight, then you had to use the stairs because the elevator didn't work any more. Now let's go, let's walk, as if we came after eight and the elevator operator is gone for the day. We'll walk up the stairs, and you'll see—look!—how nice the walls used to be. Good find, go ahead, put it in your pocket. Let's go, give me your hand, you don't want to fall here. So, this is where the Tatar janitor lived, right here, and all the children were scared of him. He'd lock the door, lock the door for the night, and he wouldn't let anyone in.
Ilya: Look at this, I'm showing you: here in this apartment live a lot of families. Not like us, where there's just one family in the apartment and nobody else. Here there are a lot of families. And every family has their own bell. So you're coming to see some people, you ring the right bell, and they come out to meet you. Look, Manya, what number is that?
Ilya: That's Apartment 2, and we need 4. Four is one floor up.
Ilya: Well, here we are. This is Apartment 4, the one we want. There's a note: "The bell doesn't work—knock."