Sign of Our Times: "Do Not Speak to Strangers"Because...
(1) I'm reminded there is a #signsunday
"here"; and (2) this truly is as relevant today as when the classic, iconic book by Mikahail Bulgakov which this references was written (1928-1940)Story synopsis
: This is from a book which everyone who loves literature should read (small paperback written & re-written over 12 years, much from prison), The Master and Margarita
Basically, The Devil, charming fellow with an entourage of a naked lady, big black cat, and a pair of thug assistants, visits (then) modern-day Moscow. He entices crowds with magic shows of money for the audiences and disrupts life bigly. Through it all the focus is on both a love story (M&M) and an allegory of life, legality, morality, and sanity.
The book begins in Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow, as a literary giant is introduced to a "gentleman" who turns out to be the Devil. Bad things soon start to happen. (Understatement). Humor & tragedy.
So this sign is right there where the first scene takes place. It depicts the Devil and Company and it warns against strangers. (Because... look what happened here once before!)
You can see more of the story as remembered here now on the site of the first scene, a monument to this great work of literature on the Ponds, and also the Devil's friends and a very short quote from the book's beginning, at:http://www.fenichel.com/moscow/ruslit.shtml