DEAR MISS MANNERS: A friend of my wife's borrowed one of her formal dresses for a party last weekend. The day after, her friend called my wife and explained that she had been careful to keep it clean and was very grateful for her lending the dress. She would be by to return the dress later that day.
Shouldn't my wife's friend have had the dress cleaned prior to returning? At a minimum, shouldn't she have offered to get the dress cleaned? My wife is too kind to say anything to her friend, but I can tell it is eating her up. What should my wife have done?
GENTLE READER: Resolved never to lend this lady her handkerchief.