In the beginning is the idea. She literally stands there, on a page set in italics: the coincidence, the quantity, the sheer contingency prevents an infinite number of possible encounters of people with people, even in close proximity. One yearns, the other passes; one falls, the neighbor celebrates. And finally what a miracle “that in the end the names of two people are on one stone who didn’t know anything about each other at the beginning”. From chaos to a shared tombstone in twenty-two lines. That is enough as a brief description of social life in general. But it is above all the programmatic idea of the Strauss novella “Zu Zweit”.