Dear Justice: Advice on Love, Life, and Law

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Dear Justice, 

Here’s my issue: When I signed up for seat #14, I did not know that he’d be in #15. What started as obligatory small talk about 1L year, the weather, and the endless pizza lunches somehow turned into a date…I think. The other day #15 asked me out for bubble tea. I don’t know whether he meant it romantically or just as a friend. If he meant it romantically I will have to decline since I just want to concentrate on my studies, but I’m afraid it’ll make the whole sitting next to me thing very awkward. What do we do? 

                                   ~ Awkwardly Sitting in #14


Cardozo, J.

CardozoIntention not otherwise revealed may be presumed to hold in contemplation the reasonable and probable. If something else is in view, it must not be left to implication.

This is merely to say that it is the duty of a reasonable seat partner to make his intentions clear, if they incline amorously. We think, however, that it would expend very little and even tend toward prudence to make the implicit explicit where the costs are inappreciable. Reasonable inference may conclude that for the other party there may also be a less than pellucid view of the proceedings. The order should be in favor of bringing your concerns into clarity with delicacy.

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