If you had come here just a few days ago, you would have, you would have seen that we were up for almost a whole night. You know why?
Ilya: Because of drunks?
A.I.: Upstairs there's this poor drunkard who, first of all, right above... right above me on the ceiling there was somebody rolling a bottle, that's right, rolling a bottle.
Ilya: Along the floor?
A.I.: Along the floor. And a couple of days ago there was some kind of punching, some kind of sounds, like, like I don't know, like elephants were fighting.
Sveta: I even thought that maybe there's some kind of dance class up there, some kind of lessons that were going on regularly.
A.I.: It's a mystery, you know, a mystery wrapped in a fog.
Sveta: Cherepanova and I decided that there are ghosts up there, though of course we're joking.
A.I.: The only way to manage in a situation like this is to have a sense of humor.
Ilya: Did anyone offer to buy you out, so you could move?
A.I.: You mean here?
Ilya: Like when you were living in the Khrushchev housing.
A.I.: No, not yet, there haven't been any offers.
Ilya: But if you had one, you would still want to remain in the center of the city, right?
A.I.: Of course, of course, I still wouldn't move to Khrushchev housing. Not only because the apartments are bad, but because the whole neighborhood is bad, that is, a complete absence of culture. As we put it, people go out and sit on a bench and just yak away, about nothing. That's boring, that's not for us, right?
Ilya: You wouldn't happen to have a fireplace in your room, would you?
A.I.: I do, a beautiful one.
Ilya: A fireplace?
A.I.: Of course.
Ilya: Because fireplaces are such interesting architectural details, interior details,.. how they are preserved. They are architectural monuments, they're all registered.
A.I.: You know, the main thing is, if you sell your room, then I thought you could get more because there's a fireplace. That's completely untrue.
Ilya: Yes, because the fireplace doesn't belong to you. It doesn't belong to you, that's why.
A.I.: But it belongs to the room.
Ilya: It belongs to the state, not to the room..
A.I.: And this is my granddaughter.
Ilya: She's so pretty!
Ilya: You worked in an architectural studio. Are you an architect?
A.I.: Well, I graduated from the Construction Engineering Institute, and here's my portrait right here
Ilya: This is your portrait?
A.I.: This was done by, done by an artist from the architectural studio, where I worked. She did this portrait, and then my granddaughter's.
Ilya: I see.
A.I.: This is also hers.
Ilya: It would be interesting to try to use it, because, you know, I've seen in various places...
A.I.: You know, I've tried just, say, lighting candles and putting them in there...
Ilya: Oh. Is there a draft?
A.I.: I couldn't tell. Probably it needs to be cleaned.
A.I.: Here are our biggest defenders, like, for example, St. Michael. Look at him, he has a sword, and he won't let anyone—no thief can come in here.
A.I.: Oh Holy Michael the Archangel, have mercy upon us sinners, who ask for your intercession, save us slaves of God, named such and such, from all visible and invisible enemies.