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

Left Out at Lunch? Do Something About It

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Please help resolve the following. In an effort to be a “true gentleman,” shouldn’t a man open the door for all ladies in his presence, be it the car door or any other door?

GENTLE READER: Yes, but good luck getting to the car door before the lady hops out. Miss Manners guesses that a scarcity of gentlemen has taught ladies to fend for themselves -- or spend the evening in the parking lot.

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