Shushan Petrosyan


The days spent with Greta were even more varied. The guests were amazed by the size and decoration of her three-story house, where the first floor was occupied by a 25-meter swimming pool and a gym. The sides of the pool were lined with wooden tubs filled with tropical trees. On the ground floor there was also an atomic shelter with shelves crammed with numerous varieties of table wines. The second floor was level with a manicured lawn, which was accessible from both the dining room and the kitchen. There was a spacious living room, the walls of which were hung with expensive paintings, and, most remarkable, with Armenian carpets, which Vardan had prudently taken out of Turkey and then from Russia. On the third floor there were several bedrooms, one of which was provided to guests.

An elevator circulated between floors, in the cabin of which, next to a telephone set hanging on the wall, there was a list of numbers of the internal telephone network; one of the numbers could also call a dog kennel. As the hospitable hosts explained, in this way they call the gardener if necessary.

On the very first morning, Greta and her husband took the guests to their factory, which struck them with a clear organization of work and extensive cooperative ties. The list of customers included the addresses of several Russian machine-building plants. The next Sunday, Greta took the Yerevan guests to a summer dacha located on the shore of a picturesque lake, where her son lived with his family.