A cheerful essay on civil servants in which the author, drawing on rich documentation of almost etymologic nature, describes the transformation or passivity of civil servants at a time when they have to adopt to outside requirements and regulations imposed on them by the EU.

The civil servants are not isolated, they belong to a special category. They cannot escape the reach of regulations determining their actions. At the same time they adjust them to fit their nature. The director, inspired by observations of her husband, who began to change inconspicuously after switching from a public sector job to service in the state apparatus, sees civil service as a collection of butterflies with the most exquisitelyornamented wings, whose flight through the offices combines geometrical precision with fantasy. At the same time, her observation establishes the correlation between the civil servants` instinct and the distinctive creativity some of the specimens are capable of a two distinct but mysteriously interconnected phenomena.

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