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Looking for some dialogue, maybe from Jane Austen

I'm trying to track down a piece of dialogue from a book, possibly written by Jane Austen, about people who seek out a friendship and then decide they don't like the other person. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

My long-distance best friend is depressed and suicidal. Help me help her!

My extremely-gifted best friend halfway across the world was depressed and then recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she's nearly suicidal. I'm in over my head and I don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Normally the awkwardness is part of my charm

How do I minimize awkwardness when I see a couple I stopped being friends with because, in part, I found myself falling very hard for one of them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Navigating dysfunctional friends breakup

A couple who I am friends with are going through a bad breakup. Can I remain supportive, neutral, and also safe? How? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Aug 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Delicate Situation, a bit complicated

How long should I wait to tell my friend about my feelings? So here goes (sorry in advance for the very long post, please stick with me). First time around that I ask for advice on any website... [more inside]
posted by 560fence_cat on Aug 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Should I give this friendship another chance?

A close friend, "Tom" has just gotten engaged to somebody, "Jane", who, in the recent past, despised me for reasons unknown and said terribly hurtful things to me. I am 100% ready to be pleasant and graceful about this, but Tom wants me (and my spouse) to be good friends with Jane. I am not interested in this. Help me figure out how to navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Aug 27, 2012 - 61 answers

Internet friendship ends badly. What now?

I'm posting this anonymously because "Angie" read it (unlikely, but not impossible), I think it would genuinely hurt her feelings. Also, I feel like an idiot to be posting this at all. This is kind of long and pathetic. Sorry. Summary: Internet friendship crashed & burned, I feel badly about it, what can I do to get over myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 14 answers

First Love Issues

Why do I often dream of my ex? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Aug 23, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend?

How do I deal with an oversensitive, constantly negative friend? I am the only "real friend" X has, so I don't feel comfortable totally breaking off the friendship, but interacting with X frequently leaves me wanting to scream. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 - 31 answers

making friends in a second language

Making friends in a second language: Can you explain to me why it doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Aug 16, 2012 - 52 answers

Two Years Too Late Apology

How to go about sending an apology after two years of no contact with a former friend? Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Aug 15, 2012 - 19 answers

How can I encourage my friend to come out of his shell?

O wisest MeFites, do you have any ideas about how to foster intimacy in a friendship with someone who is emotionally guarded and shut down? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Aug 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Are old friendships really that much richer than new ones?

Is it really so bad that I don't have friends from high school anymore? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 14, 2012 - 57 answers

I wasn't invited to my friends' baby shower. Was I snubbed, or is this just the way things are done in Babyshowerland?

I wasn't invited to my friends' baby shower. Was I snubbed, or is this just the way things are done in Babyshowerland? Flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 54 answers

How to handle my friend?

Dealing with a friend who is in a bad place in her life - how can I handle this situation with grace and as few hurt feelings as possible? [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Aug 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Being a Better Friend and Person

How do I move past being hurt from unrequited love, in order to have a friendship with this person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 - 18 answers

productive social justice

How can I assert my support of issues that matter to me without going hog wild and kicking a lot of people out of my life? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Aug 4, 2012 - 34 answers

What is this craziness about?

I am a woman and I have been friends with a guy for about a year now, and I'm about to pull my hair out. How do I deal with someone that I don't know where their head is at? Is it me? Is it him? What the hell do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 42 answers

Friendship question...

I lost a close friend a week ago. Help me understand why and if it's salvageable. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Jul 30, 2012 - 17 answers

Karma Police

Is it ever ok to tell a friend or loved one to "be nice?" Or is this an big old oxymoron? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jul 30, 2012 - 47 answers

How to convince my friend to go to counseling

Help me convince my friend to talk to a therapist [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Kicked out of my tribe

I lost most of my friends. Please help. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Jul 26, 2012 - 90 answers

I want to be friends with my maid of honour after the wedding is done!

What should I do make sure my best friend has the very best experience as my Maid of Honour as possible? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jul 23, 2012 - 20 answers

How to get better at staying in touch with people?

How do I get better at initiating and maintaining contact with friends, romantic partners, and potential friends? If you are a socially anxious, super-busy person, what helps motivate you to stay in touch on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Jul 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Another ambiguous friendship problem, involving 2 shy snowflakes

Two shy snowflakes romance question. Need ideas for pushing the boundaries of our ambiguous friendship. [more inside]
posted by JeanDupont on Jul 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I say something?

I have been seeing my close friend's boyfriend on Grindr a lot lately. Should I say something? There are complicating factors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2012 - 19 answers

How to deal with my friend's friends

I'm not sure how to tell my friend that I would really like to keep hanging out with her--just not in a group setting. Help? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on Jul 9, 2012 - 21 answers

Hi, we missed you! Now, can you please STFU about… [TW: Sexual Assault]

[TW: Sexual Assault] One sexually assaulted me; the others hurt and abused me emotionally when close friendships imploded. I have PTSD after the whole experience. How do I get other friends to understand that I don’t want to hear about these people? [Snowflake configuration of details follows] [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story on Jul 3, 2012 - 38 answers

Got a great new job - why do I feel so sad?

After eight years at an idiosyncratic dept at a major university, I got a "golden ticket" job at a hot new start-up in my field. I am thrilled. But I am also deeply sad about leaving my friends and colleagues. I mean, deeply, deeply, crying-about-it frequently sad. (More sadness inside!) [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam on Jun 28, 2012 - 9 answers

What will make our cats get along?

Three cats in one house. One having trouble integregating. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 25, 2012 - 14 answers

We love you no matter what the sexual orientation of your opposite sex sex partner...

How do I get over my mainstream ideals and let this friendship be its awesome self? [more inside]
posted by buteo on Jun 24, 2012 - 29 answers

A little something to make me sweeter.

My social relationships start out as acquaintance with classmates, coworkers, and roommates. Then they progress to casual friendships, in which I hang out in bars and do small favors (help carry stuff, give rides). Then they stagnate or die. I have little in the way of family, so "chosen family" is an ideal that appeals to me a lot. Sadly, I have no one like that and things aren't moving in that direction at all. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 24, 2012 - 42 answers

Ex remained close with best friends. I can't deal with it now.

Ex-gf continued to stay friends with my closest friends. I haven't come to terms with it. [more inside]
posted by blizkreeg on Jun 22, 2012 - 26 answers

I love you so I can't see you anymore.

I've gotta stop having a crush on my friend or stop seeing her entirely. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 14, 2012 - 44 answers

Can we stay this way?

How to thwart jealousy and possessiveness in a non-relationship relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2012 - 23 answers

So much for Girls Night Out.

My best friend always brings her boyfriend along when we get together without asking or prior warning. I hate being a third wheel and have told her so, yet it continues to happen. Is this the death knell for our friendship? (Special details of course.) [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove on Jun 11, 2012 - 37 answers

My best friend is both angering and worrying me. I don't know what to do.

My best friend is both angering and worrying me. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Facebook's Skewing My Sense of Real Friendship

I'm a supportive, loyal, and giving friend. My friends do not treat me the same way. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jun 9, 2012 - 45 answers

How to deal with friend who owes me money coming back into my life

I lent money to my friend, didn't get it back. I learned my lesson and wrote it off. Now she's back in my life. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 49 answers

Friendships, relationships, and my screwed-up brain.

Friendships, relationships, and my screwed-up brain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Getting lost in translation

Can I be a good friend AND a good coauthor/cotranslater? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Accepting help from friends will cost you

I moved from one state to another and my friends, whom I'm staying with for a month and a half, are charging me "rent" and the amount is absurd. How do I process this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2012 - 56 answers

Friend's wife confided in me about their marriage and I'm worried. How can I help?

Not too long ago, I was hanging out with a very good friend's wife. I have been friend's with him for almost ten years now and have known and been friends with his wife for half that time. She confided in me something very disturbing about their marriage - that they hadn't had sex in a few years (about the same amount of time as their marriage) and it feels more like a room-mate situation. I am going to keep the details to a minimum but I'm sure you can extrapolate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2012 - 30 answers

A Painful Triangle

How to handle my husband's "friendship" with a woman half his age? I am upset about it, and he refuses to give it up. Snowflake details inside: [more inside]
posted by chaoscutie on May 23, 2012 - 52 answers

I discussed a friend's private, very personal, problem with my own friends, and now I feel terrible for doing so. Can I fix this?

I discussed a friend's private, very personal, problem with my own friends, and now I feel terrible for doing so. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Undermined or Oversensitive?

I'm thinking my best friend isn't the best of friends. How do I deal with that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 26 answers

bad friend + mefi = better friend?

How do you manage feelings of frustration when someone in your life is behaving in a self-destructive way? [more inside]
posted by prefpara on May 8, 2012 - 11 answers

moving away, I need help!

One day, I would like to move, I need your help. Not actual moving help, decision making help! [more inside]
posted by jennstra on May 7, 2012 - 18 answers

How honest should I be with a distant friend?

I went from being very good friends with someone to having them kind of shut me out very suddenly, maybe not on purpose. I'm thinking about writing them a letter about this, but it feels kind of self serving. Does this sort of thing ever make sense? Lots of special snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 5, 2012 - 27 answers

"Is it the sea you hear in me, its dissatisfactions? Or the voice of nothing, that was your madness?"

How do I deal with my (very insecure and overly sensitive) friend's tendency to take things said in passing as deep, personal criticisms? I used to be able to take it in stride but his recent prescription steroid treatments have ramped this trait up to stratospheric levels. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 8 answers

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