“People who marry for money usually earn it.” It’s a quote of my dad’s that I like, a reminder that marrying for money is no cake walk.

The other day I shared that quote with someone, and it reminded her of a story:

Her high-achieving, high-earning friend is a mom to a teenage daughter. The daughter–let’s call her Jane–is bright but clearly underachieving. The mom finally took her daughter aside and basically said, “Listen, Jane. You’ve become used to a certain standard of living, but you’re not going to be able to maintain it given the path you’re on. You’re a smart girl. So either you can get your act together and get a good education, or you can marry some rich old guy who you have to sleep with. What’s it gonna be?”


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