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FORM 3 NOVEL

HOW I

MET

MYSELF

[pic] PLOT SUMMARY

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

strange encounter.

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....
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