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Miss Conduct

Ending a friendship

When a difficult relationship crosses the line. Plus, a rude new breed of wedding invitation.

> A friend’s birthday is coming up and I would like to send her an e-mail saying “Happy Birthday.’’ But this lady has a volcano-like temper, and I am not the first person to have been caught in the lava flow. We are members of a larger group, so diplomacy is key. Like real-life volcanoes, what sets her off is a mystery. I want to be cordial but ready with an escape plan.

H.H. / Brockton

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