chapter  4
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Desert and sanction

Jesse really has egregiously wronged you, then your resentment of him accurately appraises him and aims to communicate to him that you have done so. If he thereby comes to recognize himself as having acting wrongfully and acknowledges fault, your resentment will have been successful. However, resentment need not be successful to be deserved. For it to be deserved in the communicative sense is for it to fulfill an appropriate conversational aim, which is trying to communicate your appraisal of his action to Jesse, with the hope that he will come to share it.