The Sweet Hereafter

Banks, Russell

Harper Collins, 1991

p. 98

On people who receive cash settlements for the loss of loved ones in accidents where negligence has been shown: “. . .in the end a million-dollar settlement makes no real difference to them, . . .it probably only serves to sharpen their pain by constricting it with legal language and rewarding it with money, . . .it forces them to question the authenticity of their own suffering.”