DEAR MISS MANNERS: If one is in the shower or bathtub when a visitor knocks at the door, is it permissible to don a bath towel to let them in? What if the visitor happens to be a relative?
GENTLE READER: Forgive Miss Manners for asking, but, ah -- were you expecting anyone?
If not, do you really want to open the door to a stranger when you have no clothes on? But if you were expecting someone, why aren't you dressed yet?
The only relatives who would qualify for an exception are those who shout, "Honey, I'm home! Let me in! I forgot my key," or those to whom you plead, "Ma, please, I keep asking you to call and tell me when you're coming."