Mrs Jones went to open it, and saw a well-dressed,
middle-aged woman outside.
The woman said that she lived in the flat
beside theirs, and that she had come to welcome them to
their new home.
The Jones's invited her in, after apologizing
for the state of the flat.
"Oh please don't stand on ceremony
with me," she answered.
"Do you know, in some parts of this
town neighbours are not at all friendly.
There are some streets and even some blocks
of flats where people don't know their neighbours, not even
their next-door ones.
But in this block of flats, everybody is
friends with everyone else.
We are one big happy family. I am sure that
you will be happy here."
The well-dressed lady got a shock when she
came to visit the flat the next time, because she found
quite a different man and woman in it.
Mr and Mrs Jones had not had the courage
to tell her that they were not the owners of the flat, who
were due to move in the next day, but the old owners, who
had lived beside her for two years without ever having visited
them or noticed their existence.