Civil Intercourse Requires Gracious Attitudes

Civil intercourse requires gracious attitudes.

Were you ever earwitness to a conversation, and you could tell how, at some point, one person misunderstood another, and responded badly, and misunderstandings compounded and tempers escalated, and you could see it coming a mile away because you saw where they started talking past each other?

Not that you could intervene at any point - m'daddy allus tole me, don't jump into the middle of a dogfight.