- The Overcoat
'What a coat! You look human in that!'
"Every so often life ends and mere existence begins; such is the fate of Bashmachkin - a penniless, aging clerk in an unknown government department of St. Petersburg - for all he does is eat, sleep and copy classified documents. But this too shall pass.
When Bashmachkin realizes his precious, shabby old coat will not live through the merciless winter, he has no option but to tighten his belt to afford a new one. But after the mundane struggle is over, and Bashmachkin's beautiful, immaculately tailored overcoat is finally ready, then his life seems suddenly filled with purpose - while out on the streets wretched souls are desperately yearning for the all encompassing warmth of his overcoat."
'We've been looking for you, coat, haven't we?'