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

Quarantine or Not, Here’s How to Get Guests to Leave

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Isn’t it proper to lift a chair instead of dragging it across the floor? That’s what my father told me. A friend doesn’t understand why the tenant below her yells up at her when she drags a chair across the floor. She calls him old and grumpy.

GENTLE READER: Thus adding insult to injury.

Miss Manners observes that you are having the wrong debate. The relevant question is, “Is it proper to annoy your neighbor?” and the answer is “No.”