The wife had been silent and supportive of her vigilant husband in front of counsel. When I talked to the husband and wife alone, it was clear to me that the biggest conflict was between them.
I began by telling them I knew that there was no amount of money that would make up for the wrong that they had suffered. The wife cried and expressed gratitude for this acknowledgment, saying,. "No one has ever said that to us before." Then, resolutely, but gently, she told her husband it was time to let go, that this five year struggle had cost their family enough. He prepared to argue, but then, understanding at last, sighed deeply and deferred to her.
I was able to settle the case within the next half hour.