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By Vicki Sternfeld
The Times 

Manners Matter

(Or you may not be invited to the party)


October 17, 2019

Lane Gwinn

Vicki Sternfeld's original copy of Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers shows some well-earned wear and tear.

A number of years ago I was asked to cater a very formal dinner party. To be absolutely sure we didn't embarrass ourselves-or worse the hostess, I purchased a used copy of Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, by Judith Martin (the updated 2005 version). I studied how to set the table, the correct way to leave & remove plates, (FYI: leave from left, remove from right), and where to place the bread plate, glasses and napkins.

After digesting the chapter on "table settings," I got drawn in and couldn't help reading more. Very enlightening, in an archaic way: accordin...

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