Acacky Acackyevich has a worn out coat that can’t be saved by his local tailor, so Acacky scrimps and saves to purchase a new overcoat. Everyone admires his coat and he even goes to a party in an upscale part of St Petersburg and leaves his coat on a rack while he enjoys himself, though he misses his coat, but it’s stolen on the way home.
What does Acacky do, well you’ll have to read the book to find out.
This is funny and sad in almost equal measure, because Acacky doesn’t have an interesting life and his overcoat means more to him than any material possession should do. His life is dull and is only enlivened when he feels the new coat on his shoulders.