When I announced that’s what the buyer owed, both she and her attorney gasped. “Change it by a penny or a dollar, please!” said the buyer. “Add it to the price — whatever; I don’t care about paying more. I just don’t want to have that be what I paid for the house!"
I started to say that she’d actually paid more, because this was just the net amount. Then I realized her fear of diabolical misfortune was not something worth debating. So I shrugged and looked at my grinning client. “Write down that she owes me $665,999,” he directed.
The buyer got up, ran around the table, and kissed my client.
Who knew that you could ever dispel distress for just one dollar?