Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

A World Without Gratitude Is a Bleak Place Indeed

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the importance of thank-you notes?

GENTLE READER: What is the importance of generosity? What is the importance of kindness?

Miss Manners supposes that in a world in which there were no presents, favors, good deeds or thoughtful words, there would be no need for serious expressions of thanks. She just wouldn't want to live there.

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