The Door (Az Ajto, 1987) by Magda Szabo is a strong novel about the growing relationship between two women - Magda, a writer, and Emerence, her housekeeper - in the panorama of twentieth century Hungary. Emerence chooses to work for Magda, and a force of literature encounters a force of nature. Emerence truly has the strength of ten because her heart is pure. But Emerence has secrets - many secrets. Gradually Magda pries open the doors of Emerence's past. What she finds there is horrifying and astounding. Yet there is genuine humor, too, as the very different women interact with each other and with the dog they adopt.