DEAR ABBY: I am still madly in love with my ex-girlfriend, "Holly," but all she feels for me is friendship. We talk on the phone daily, and she confides in me about her "guy trouble." I should tell you, she dumped me for an older guy. He has strung her along for months, and according to what Holly says, she's afraid he's about to blow her off.
Holly is in a lot of emotional pain right now. I'm trying my best to console her, but this situation tears me up. I'm so in love with her, I'd do anything to be with her -- but she's made it clear she's got it bad for the other guy.
Should I continue trying to be Holly's friend and advise her how to "hold on" to this guy? Or should I hang on and hope that she'll see the light? I'd be grateful for any advice. -- LOVESICK IN NEW ENGLAND
DEAR LOVESICK: If she's asking you for advice on how to hang onto another man, it's safe to conclude that your romance is over. Accept it, extricate yourself and move on. Unless you like having your molars drilled without anesthetic, to continue with Holly would be folly.