The important issues…

‘Excuse me,” began Andrei Fokich, stunned by this sudden attack, ‘but I didn’t come about that, the sturgeon’s not the issue.’

‘How can it not be the issue if it’s spoiled?’

‘They sent us sturgeon that’s second-grade fresh,’ said the bartender.

‘Dear fellow, that’s absurd!’

‘What’s absurd?’

‘Second-grade fresh—that’s absurd!’ Freshness comes in only one grade—first-grade, and that’s it. And if the sturgeon’s second-grade fresh, that means it’s rotten!’

‘Excuse me,’ the bartender said once again, not knowing how to escape the artiste’s tongue lashing.

‘I cannot excuse you,’ the latter said firmly.

Mikhail Bulgakov – Master and Margarita


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