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When Is Late Rude?

When Is Late Rude? by Dave Bresler

We’ve all heard the old saw about how it’s de rigueur to be fashionably late. We once, many years ago, arrived very late (I won’t say how late) to a dinner party and were mortified to find everybody else already seated at the dinner table. So, the next time we were invited to dinner (somewhere else, I hasten to add), I pushed my wife to get there on the dot only to be greeted at the door by the host and hostess in their bath robes. What we learned was that it was rude to arrive on time and also rude to arrive an hour late. On time to a party, it appears, is a half hour late. 

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