Living: I Have Ten Forks

How come you're so upper class and we're so lower class, and you're our daughter?" a Government economist named Jacob Perlman once asked his sassy child Judith. Not an easy question for the future Miss Manners to answer. Perhaps some kind of metamorphosis began back when Perlman worked for the United Nations and moved his family to the Philippines. Recalls Judith Martin: "My father sat us down, my brother and me, and said, 'Children, we have to tell you something. We have reached the crucial point when the servants outnumber us 2 to 1. It takes a while to get...

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