DEAR MISS MANNERS: There seems to be an etiquette ritual of politely protesting when someone offers to do something nice for you. For example:
Person 1: Lunch today is my treat.
Person 2: Oh, that's not necessary. You don't need to do that.
Person 1: But I insist.
Is this necessary? Or is it proper to just graciously accept and thank the other person without the ritual protesting?
I ask because someone recently offered to buy my lunch, then accused me of "giving up too quickly" when my response was "Thank you, that's very nice of you."
GENTLE READER: If it was not a genuine offer, it should not have been issued. Adding "I insist" could help deflect the charade.
But regardless, you have Miss Manners' permission to accept the first time. With the caveat that next time, you will reciprocate the gesture.