Living: Crusader for Couth

Marjabelle Stewart's message: good manners are fun

The stylishly dressed party of eight lunching at a center table in Chicago's tony Ritz-Carlton restaurant is about to start the second course. As white-aproned waiters whisk in artichauts vinaigrette, the guests exchange amiable chitchat. Dark-haired August Walker Pelton regales the group with an anecdote about Princess Caroline of Monaco. "She tells me," he confides, "that when anyone in their family has elbows on the table, her grandmother jabs them with a fork." In the lull that follows, Bridget Dunham chews meditatively on her water...

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