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The Boston Globe


Miss Conduct

Hang on to that handbag

Dodging a host’s request to take your purse. Plus, e-mail thank yous and fail-safe gifts.

At a recent party, the hostess insisted that we allow the waitstaff to take both coats and handbags upstairs. One guest mentioned needing Kleenex. Response: “There’s plenty in the bathroom.’’ One might also need lipstick, dental floss, a pad to write on — or simply want to know where one’s wallet is.  What do you suggest for this awkward moment?

S.T. / Hingham

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