It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I'm sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that's the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or newspaper or on your arms in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the news again and again.

The miserable mill by Lemony Snicket