What follows is a slow masterful depiction of how a man makes friends with an unwilling hostile person, whom he accepts unconditionally. The would-be suicide tries to throw the thief out. He shouts; he intimidates. The thief pays no attention, sits down, and makes himself at home. He tells the man that he himself once tried to kill himself--by drowning. Enormously patient he offers the man a cigarette, which the man refuses. He won't let go of his misery. His lover has run off with his life savings. The thief smokes, takes his time. They go on talking. Time for another cigarette; the thief lights two, hands one to the abandoned lover, who this time takes it. They smoke together. Eventually they go out, and the action rolls on. Life rolls on--rich, absurd, hopeful.
The thief, in the hat, of course; the saved man; the girl who will also come to life, and finally smile.