Perhaps if I really do go out with Tom and Ralph John might fear losing me and might tell me he loves me and wants me.
Yes, John, there is such a thing as insincere affection but if you love me affection on your part would not be insincere. I've reached the end of the rope and am afraid to let go - so I've tied a knot and am hanging on.
John asks me not to say good-bye but doesn't say he wants me - he wants a home and a wife but why does he want me?
I've tried to say good-bye so many times before! He must be laughing at me. I don't blame him - It is amusing! It is he who has kept us together.