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An introvert’s dilemma

Finding quiet time despite a chatty sister. Plus, negotiating with future in-laws about the wedding.

Reading is one of my foremost pleasures, and it has always been my understanding that one does not interrupt another’s reading to talk socially. My younger sister (we are both in college) does not comprehend this. She’s not an introvert like I am, so it’s hard for her to comply. I have tried to explain that social interactions drain me and that I need time to recuperate. How can I make my sister understand this without inducing her sulk mode?

M.M. / Boston

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