Friday, February 08, 2002
Miss Manners may write very pretentiously and aloof, but her "A valentine for all the nice guys" column today is a great one.
They listen as well as talk. They have been known to produce something nice, such as flowers, when it is not required. They even know how to dress, speak and perform other ordinary human functions.
In theory, they are much beloved for all these qualities. It is only when they try to have an actual romance that they run into trouble. So do the objects of their affections, but in that case, the trouble comes when the ladies in question try to explain to their hopeful parents why they are not interested.
Like those poor parents, Miss Manners has never understood what was so unappealing about gentlemen's reliability, and so appealing about the shenanigans and sloppiness of their rude rivals. Or rather, she understands, but does not share, these tastes. Therefore, she feels obliged to warn those nice gentlemen not to get their hopes up.
Thanks for the praise, and warning. Of course, being nice guys, we already knew not to get our hopes up.