A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 5, 1984

Anyone who spends time with arbiters of etiquette learns quickly that behavior experts are not easily topped. Washington Correspondent Carolyn Lesh, one member of the TIME team that reported this week's cover story on the revival of interest in proper behavior, accompanied Judith Martin on a promotion tour for her new book, Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children. "She has excruciatingly correct manners," says Lesh, "but once, when we were in a store and a clerk mumbled, Martin responded with a 'What?' Later I asked 'Shouldn't you have said, Pardon me?' " No way, said Martin. "What" was correct. "To...

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