Although I did not know her well, I was stricken by the news of the death of Sally Merry. She was clearly a very special person and scholar. We met at most four times or so. The first was an exhilarating lunch when I picked her brains on the topic of human rights and women when writing a book on moral relativism. which spanned moral and political philosophy and anthropology. I loved her writing and thinking on that topic, especially what she did with the concept of ‘vernacularization.,’ about the gap between human rights talk in metropolitan centers and what happens in villages. Our conversation was more than stimulating: it was inspiring. Then I attended the presentation at NYU of her book on quantification, when she gave a vivid account of her distinctive anthropologist’s view of this key topic of our time. And we met again, all-too-briefly at another NYU occasion, when she was in a wheelchair and I heard the sad news of her diagnosis. What I deeply regret is what I have lost by not meeting with her more often.