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by Abigail Van Buren

Young Teenager Is Perplexed by Up and Down Disposition

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating "Wylie" for 3 1/2 years. Eight weeks ago, he gave me an engagement ring. I immediately shared the news with my friends. He, on the other hand, has told no one about our engagement.

One of the people I told went to Wylie and said, "I heard you're getting married." (He was going to congratulate him.) Wylie responded, "No. Maybe later."

When I heard about it, I asked my man, "Aren't we engaged?" He said yes.

Could he just be leading me on? -- FEELS LIKE A FOOL IN TENNESSEE

DEAR FEELS: Watch out for wily Wylie. If he denies to others that your engagement is for real, it isn't. Only a cad would behave that way.