It is my ambition to produce a leaflet, suggesting at least 10 graceful ways of saying no (in advance) without causing anyone loss of face or hurt feelings. This never seems to get taught. Ms Lambert's two suggestions can be modifed to suit the purses and parlance of rural Lincolnshire - can anyone suggest any others? I'm not thinking entirely about the girls, either.
C. M. DRAKE
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