I asked for my book, and my houseguest threw a fit



DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I had a houseguest for a few days, and we fell into discussing some books that I have. She, the guest, expressed interest in borrowing one, but I declined.

I am a bibliophile and have had books borrowed and never returned, although I didn’t say that to the guest. I did say that, if she’d like, I would order her a copy of the book online, and that she’d have it when she got home. She declined.

When she was readying to leave, I happened to notice that the book in question was missing from the shelf, and I told her that I would like it back before she left. Her response was to cast me as stingy, selfish, uncaring, etc., all of which I thought unfair and undeserved.

She returned the book and departed. It was a bad moment all around, but, I thought, her doing.

My wife, however, disagrees and thinks my behavior was petty and ill-considered. I would like to know your thoughts.



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