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20                          "I Know Just What You Mean!"

The three parts of a conversation are: first, you need to make your remark in good form; second, your friend needs to pick up the sense as intended; and third, when your friend responds, you need to see what she means --- and not be puzzled by something you can't relate to. You need to find in yourself some idea that fits what your friend seems to be trying to say.

        If you are too tired, and keep being tongue-tied, that's no fun. If your friend is inattentive and keeps getting you wrong, that's no fun. And if she seems to be on another track, so that what she says doesn't make sense to you, that's no fun either. It is these three kinds of match-up that keep a conversation sparking along.

                            (See also Quality Time)



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