Distraction is classic Ostrovsky: clandestine meetings, beautiful women, faceless spies, and lessons learned from the artist’s past. In the backroom, an exchange is taking place. Privacy is vital so a distraction has been arranged. The woman in red is distracting the man next to her, and she’s succeeding. He’s forgotten the events in the back room. At the same time, her colleague two seats down the bar has turned to check on progress at the meeting. When the meeting ends safely for his side, he will send the woman a subtle signal and she will quietly exit the bar.