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avouer (ah-voo-ay) verb
  to confess (one's love)
  to admit to (a crime), to own up to

Que toutes nos pensées soient telles que si on te demandait à tout instant ce que tu penses tu puisses toujours l'avouer sans honte. May all our thoughts be such that if one asks you at any moment what you are thinking you can always admit it without shame. --Marcus Aurelius

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I admit it. Je l'avoue. I set up an email account for my brother-in-law, Jacques, announced his status (célibataire!*) in a post I wrote entitled "beau-frère,"* then proceeded--minus my share of  "savoir-vivre"* -- to get entangled in yet another moral snare.

Alright, I admit it: I snooped! I snuck into that Gmail* account, clicked open the courriels,* and read my beau-frère's fan mail!

...this before he even knew what had hit him or, I should say, before *I* even knew what had hit me; for what was that if not a moment of folly?

To be fair, and before the pouring on of tar and feathers (would you dare?), it was concern for clarity (would Jacques understand the correspondents' English?), injury (would someone send hate mail?), and duty (surely it was my duty to field the courriels?) that turned me into self-appointed email intermediary.

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Post note:  I admit it. Je l'avoue... I set up a Facebook account for my brother-in-law, too! (Open to all--including future pen pals comme vous!*). To access the link, you may need to sign up for a Facebook account (takes only a minute). "Jack's Friends" is open to everyone!

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References: le (la) célibataire = single man or woman; le beau-frère (m) = brother-in-law (you can read the post here); le savoir-vivre (m) = social etiquette; gmail = Jacques' address; le courriel (m) = email; comme vous = like you
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Avouer. Que toutes nos pensées soient telles que si on te demandait à tout instant ce que tu penses tu puisses toujours l'avouer sans honte.
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