I boil at the mention of his horrid girlfriend

DEAR CAROLYN: “Jeff” has been my best friend for almost 20 years; we’ve supported each other often during that time.

A couple of years ago he started seeing a woman he met online. Right from the start, Jeff noticed sometimes she could be quite disrespectful, especially when things didn’t go her way. After a couple of months trying to work through it, he called things off. I told him I was sorry it hadn’t worked out but was glad he valued himself enough to expect better.

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