Every summer we know to expect a bachelor house guest from the city who is very full of himself. He is the stingiest man I’ve ever met, but my husband puts up with him. He never brings a gift or offers to take us out, even if he’s brought his sulky daughter or Madonna-like girlfriend. They’re very particular about only drinking bottled water and only expensive black tea. Lipton won’t do. Without being mean to the child or the girlfriend du jour, how can I get more respect from this manner less man?
–H. B., Newport