Hardlucky is a broomhandle-nosed Basque peasant type whose fortunes go from sorry to grotesque as he burns down his own house, is stabbed by a blind man's cane and is even persecuted in his dreams. Then he meets an old man who gives him some encouraging advice: ""You are not unlucky at all. . . . Only stupid."" So Hardlucky pulls himself together, starts to ""pay attention"" and learns to make great omelettes -- and, voila!, he is transformed into a wealthy restaurateur. Krahn seems for once to have found a hero who's a suitable object for his sophisticated wit, and the result is a pleasingly tart concoction that requires no specialized tastes.