Name Dropper

Dear Robin:

I live in New York and have been in the same group of friends since graduating from college 25 years ago. We get together once a month in the city for lunch or dinner.

Cynthia, one of my favorite women in this group, remarried about a year ago after a very unhappy marriage and bitter custody battle that lasted almost 3 years. Her new husband is a successful investment banker and she has much more money than she used to.

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Protestations and Explanations

Dear Robin:

My husband Claude and I have been together a long time.  We have had some ups and downs but for many reasons the past couple years have been especially rough.  As bad as things were they got worse.

I began to hear some rumors that my husband was having an affair with a woman named Gertrude who is single (sort of; that’s another story) and who has a very bad reputation around our small city.  

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