Not sure what to make of this story beyond its charm and humor. A boring town is enlivened by the arrival of a cavalry regiment, and a local aristocrat attends a dinner with them. He invites the general to come see his nice new carriage the next day but stays at the party so late and drinks so much he sleeps in and doesn't get the chance to have his servants prepare for the guests. He hides in the very carriage he was meant to show and is found out by the general and others. And that's it!
I'm opting to read the play, The Government Inspector, another time, so this is it for Gogol at the moment!