In response, it is important that my account does not imply deserving resentment is exactly the same as deserving the answer to a question. Rather, the example helps to elucidate the idea that our communications with each other are guided by norms that do not directly appeal to consequentialist or contractual considerations. All I claim is that resentment has a communicative aim, not that it has exactly the same sort of communicative aim that all the conversational examples do. (I thank an anonymous reviewer for raising this issue.)
12. Saying just what conditions constitute satisfaction of the proportionality calculus is complicated. I leave it as intuitive that proportionality matters; how to cash this out deserves additional attention in another forum.