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June 23, 1995

"Gregarious" asks Drizzle:
Dear Gentle Drizzle, my husband's sister is one of the nicest women I know. She's cute, too. She would love to marry and have children, but she's so shy she can't seem to meet any eligible men. She clams up around strangers until she's been around them five or six times. What, if anything, can I do to help her?
Drizzle Drizzle answers:
All my relatives, being elves, are naturally very reclusive. I'm the most out-going of the lot. So to me, being somewhat shy is perfectly normal.

I cannot really answer your question unless I know how your sister-in-law feels about this. Does she see her shyness as an obstacle? Please write back.

Bradley Bradley adds:
I prefer shy women! I feel so much more comfortable with them. They understand me, and they're just generally sweeter.

The only problem is when they're so shy they refuse to tell you their last name or give out their phone number and let you talk to them on the phone and all you can do is keep sending e-mail and you don't know if you're ever going to meet them, and you love them and all you want is to be with them! Sarah, I love you!!!!

Kelsey Kelsey advises:
Bradley, hon, listen. I've been watching you going through this e-mail thing with this "Sarah" person for weeks now, and I hate to say anything, but... aren't you taking it a bit too far? It's only e-mail. You've never even met her. It's kind of weird...
Bradley Bradley rebutts:
I don't need to meet her! I know her soul! I feel her heart beating, though it be in distant Calgary in another country, yet! And I know not how to find her! What torture!!!

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