MARIA : Oh! Thank Heaven, we’re in at last.
JOHN : What a relief that everything went SO smoothly.
MARIA : I’m so glad that all the furniture moving’s over. Usually, something gets broken, but this time everything seems to be intact.
JOHN : I know. It’s comforting to see our own things around us again, isn’t it? In a new house, it gives a sense of continuity.
MARIA : Yes. Look at that bookcase. It’s not very beautiful but it’s a kind of symbol.
JOHN : The other furniture has memories too. Yes, it’s good to be installed at last. After all those complications, I feel a weight’s been lifted from my shoulders.
MARIA : The colors have come out very well. I thought the painters were going to get them all wrong.
JOHN : You always worry too much.
MARIA : Yes. But the good thing about worrying is how good you feel when everything goes smoothly 20 after all.
MARIA : That must be the plumber. Yes? Is everything all right?
PLUMBER : Well, most of the pipes are sound. But it’s lucky you didn’t put the water on.
JOHN : Oh. I meant to, but I forgot.
PLUMBER : Well, it’s fortunate you did forget!
JOHN : How do you mean?
PLUMBER : The water tank’s like a piece of Swiss cheese,full of holes. As if the mice had got at it.
MARIA : If we’d put the water on.
PLUMBER : Everything would’ve been flooded!
MARIA : flooded! All the new paint!
JOHN : The furniture!
MARIA : Oh, it’s a mercy you forget things, John!
JOHN : It is indeed.
PLUMBER : You can thank your lucky stars I came.
JOHN : Whew! What a narrow escape!
MARIA : I don’t know how we can thank you enough
PLUMBER : There are always ways of showing appreciation you know; it being near Christmas and all.
JOHN : Oh yes, of course. It’s always nice to give presents at Christmas time.
PLUMBER : Thank you, Mr. Sallis, thank you. I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Sallis.