Come, agree, the law's costly.
Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.
People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.
The most important thing in their lives was to have a lawsuit going. It was not a question of winning or losing it, and indeed it was vital to do neither, for otherwise the suit would be over and done with. A lawsuit was part of the personality, if not the only visible sign of it, to such an extent that there was often no real animosity between the litigants, because they both needed each other.