It`s supposed to be a SF story, but I`d venture it`s in fact the most real reality, just slightly shifted. It`s about, besides other things, how Beauty is made when professional beauticians are helpless. Well, it`s not beauty that really matters; it`s an Universal Truth...
If you read Russian - read the story! If you don`t read Russian, get somebody, soever, to translate it for you! It`s enlightening. Of course, I`d recommend reading the whole book, too, but if that`s not feasible, read this one story, at least. It`s well worth both reading and translating.
And The Quote Of The Day is:
Порядочный человек - публичная пощечина обществу.