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I still don't get this whole ethics thing

I have a partner I play with once a month for six to eight months, as she moves out of town for the winter. I was playing with her last week when the following hand came up, playing BAM:

West
KQ5
Q102
A1052
K108
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
P
2
P
3
P
?

Our agreement over a strong NT is DONT, so partner's 2 showed the majors. I chose 2 because I think I want opener on lead. When I explained and bid, though partner was trying to keep a poker face, I could sense distress. When she bid 3, I thought it was clear she'd forgotten our agreement and intended 2 as hearts and a minor.

Now for the question. When am I allowed to take action on this suspicion? 3 makes no sense systemically. On the other hand, I did notice her discomfort. Am I supposed to bid 3? 3NT with my diamond card and good hand? Is 3 legal? How about 4 or 4?

Basically, I think I'm in possession of UI. What are my choices now? I don't want to injure the opponents further. On the other hand, 3 is so antisystemic. We've discussed our rare follow ups to DONT. 2NT is a game try, soliciting further information, with advancer cuebidding in a suit or signing off. 3C, as far as I know, doesn't exist. I'm allowed to figure it out from, y'know, bridge information, right? How much information -- how many rounds of disaster -- do I need to allow to ensure that it's only bridge information that's being used?

(I'm not able to post music in here, but it might be easiest to respond while listening to the early '80's Squeeze song, "Another Nail in my Heart": I want to be good/Is that not enough...)

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