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CHAPTER 1: A STRANGE MEETING
John Taylor is walking home from his office as usual. It is a cold dark and snowy evening
and there are not many people walking on the narrow streets in the Thirteenth District of
Budapest at that moment. Suddenly, in a very dark part of one street, John hears the loud
sound of a door shutting from inside a building and a person running. The street door opens
abruptly and a man runs into him. John falls down and shouts at the man. The man
apologises in Hungarian and then quickly walks away. John finds it strange as the man looks
exactly like him.
CHAPTER 2: GETTING TO KNOW ME
John Taylor is a 34-year-old Englishman who is presently working in Budapest as a
computer programmer. He learns to speak Hungarian from a pretty teacher named Andrea
whom he falls in love with and later marries. They live in the Thirteenth District on the Pest
side of Budapest. Andrea teaches Hungarian to foreigners in a number of schools and
companies as well as to some students at home.
CHAPTER 3: A SEARCH
John Taylor wonders where the man who looks like him has gone. He notices just in time as
the man turns right at the next corner. John runs after him and sees him entering the
doorway of a wine cellar under a block of flats. Upon reaching the door, John is confused
when he does not see any of the man’s footprints in the snow. He decides to go into the
wine cellar to look for the man. John asks the barman whether he has seen anyone entering
the cellar but there is no such a person. John then checks the toilet but to no avail. When he
gets home, he lies to Andrea about what he has been doing and does not tell her about his
CHAPTER 4: 7 FELKA UTCA
The next day after work, John goes back to the same place where the strange encounter
occurred. The door is number 7 Felka utca. The street is flanked with blocks of flats that had
been built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They still display gunshot holes
that were made during the fights in either World War II or the 1956 revolution. However,
John waits in vain and is unable to gather any enlightening information. John then walks
along Felka utca and goes into the bar of the previous night in Gergely utca. The barman
says that he does not see anyone who looks like John. That night, John has a strange
dream about the man and that frightens him.
CHAPTER 5: I TELL ANDREA
John lingers outside number 7 Felka utca and hangs out in the bar everyday for a week
without explaining things to Andrea. He is even afraid to go to sleep because of the recurring
dreams of his strange encounter. That Friday, when John gets home, he finds Andrea in
tears because she cannot understand what is happening, so he finally tells her everything.
Andrea proves to be a very understanding wife and she promises to go with John to help him
investigate the mysterious man the next day.
CHAPTER 6: TALKING TO THE HOUSEKEEPERS
John has a good night’s sleep after telling Andrea about the man. The next day, they go to
number 7 Felka utca. They question two housekeepers regarding the man. But the
housekeepers claim that they have never seen such a person. Then, the couple goes for a
drink in the bar at Gergely utca. John believes the man whom he has seen is actually
himself; he wonders whether that man is someone who is still alive or dead.
CHAPTER 7: DOPPELGÄNGER
John’s recurring dreams seem to have stopped and he does not go to the bar as often.
Soon, John and Andrea receive good news that Andrea is pregnant. The next day however,
Andrea loses her biggest teaching job with an international bank. Zsolt, the owner of the
wine cellar bar offers her a job to give the place a woman’s touch....