Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, nor when he is doing anything. The official politeness of servants in these things is so grateful to invalids, that many prefer, without knowing why, having none but servants about them.
In a building with apartments, of course, you want to make connections. Life is easier that way. Theres salt if you dont have salt; you can knock at someones door, like in any city. But you know, you can hear the others, and you want to sleep, you get annoyed.
By: Juliette Binoche