"My wife was sharing a hospital room with a sophisticated grande dame," Donald Marks once recalled. "Her first evening there, a small bowl with a single rose floating on top was brought to the lady. My wife watched in wide-eyed astonishment as her roommate plucked out the flower and began sipping the water.
"'You shouldn't do that,' she admonished, thinking the woman wasa bit daft.
"The woman chuckled gleefully and said, 'How else could my husband send me my daily martini?'"