Fed-up friends

Dear Queenie,

  I have an evening out with some other women every week. One of the other women has started bringing her husband along. We would rather not have him there because we can’t talk freely with him listening.

  Queenie, how do we tell her not to bring him?—Fed-up friends

Dear Friends,

  Ask her – pleasantly – why she brings him. Maybe he is not well and she does not want to leave him alone, but then maybe she could get someone else, a friend of his or a relative, to stay with him. But if she has a good reason for bringing him, try to put up with him.