DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it bad manners to finish someone else’s plate without asking?
I will leave half a sandwich to finish later, and my husband will come along and eat it without even asking if I am going to finish it. And most times it is the only sandwich like it. I cannot duplicate it or remake it.
GENTLE READER: Where are you getting these sandwiches?!
Miss Manners does not mean to suggest that your husband’s behavior is not rude, she is only caught off guard by the notion that your meals are seemingly irreplaceable. Because otherwise, she would suggest that in the interest of marital harmony -- and knowing your husband’s proclivity -- you find a way to procure two sandwiches before sitting down to eat yours. Barring that, you might tell your husband of your intentions to save the rest beforehand. And then quickly wrap it up and hide it from him.