The giggle fit continues, finally abated with a gratified sigh.
HarperCollins declined to give further details of the settlement, but said in a statement that it was "gratified."
What gratified her was that critics and other novelists embraced her book with no idea as to who actually wrote it.
c.1400, "to bestow grace upon;" 1530s, "to show gratitude to," from French gratifier (16c.) or directly from Latin gratificari "to do favor to, oblige, gratify," from gratus "pleasing" (see grace) + root of facere "make, do, perform" (see factitious). Meaning "to give pleasure to" is from 1560s. Related: Gratified; gratifying.