A: How is your family?
B: My husband was gone last year.
A: I am sorry. I am afraid I have touched a nerve.
B: Never mind. I can face the music.
A: You are really strong.
touch a nerve
Touch a nerve的意思是“触及心灵的痛处”“无意中触及敏感话题”。
E.g. Bob Dylan touch a nerve of disaffection.
E.g. Your column must have touched a nerve, because we are getting slammed with feedback from readers—and they're not happy.
E.g. I could tell he was touching a raw nerve when he brought up Jane's former employer and Jane went silent for a moment.
E.g. I realized I had touched a nerve with my remarks.
face the music：面对现实
E.g. After he was caught with the stolen goods, he had to face the music.
E.g. Well, David, I think you should go home and face the music.
E.g. Mr. Allen betrayed a top secret, and had to face the music.
E.g. You've been caught cheating now you must face the music.
E.g. Never mind what he said, I want your opinion.
E.g. "Then let it be, and never mind, father," she said with dignified sorrow.
E.g. Never mind the rest. I follow your general idea.
Sb. is gone.