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6th Apr '17 7:09:32 AM Darkmoonfire
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* Kide, the protagonist of ''Literature/PavaneInPearlAndEmerald'', is unable to support to wife [[ImpoverishedPatrician in spite of being a lord]] at the Coral Palace. He's been trying to marry the princess for years before the books starts, since as an heiress the princess would be able to support herself and any children she has.
21st Jan '17 12:28:51 PM Divra
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* In the Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo series, a recurring theme is the uptime Americans coming to grips with how big a deal this is for downtimers. The short story "To Dye For" deals with this specifically when Tom "Stoner" Stone falls in love with a local woman. He's an aging hippie with a heart of gold and no interest in money. His love interest would be happy to live on his commune with him, but her father forbids the union solely because of Tom's financial status. This triggers him to use his uptime chemical knowledge to build the world's only synthetic dye industry, winning her father over (and ultimately becoming quite wealthy).

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* In the Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo series, a recurring theme is the uptime Americans coming to grips with how big a deal this is for downtimers. The short story "To Dye For" deals with this specifically when Tom "Stoner" Stone falls in love with a local woman. He's an aging hippie with a heart of gold and no interest in money. His love interest would be happy to live on his commune with him, but her father forbids the union solely because of Tom's financial status. This triggers him to use his uptime chemical knowledge to build the world's only synthetic dye industry, winning her father over (and ultimately becoming quite wealthy).one of the dozen or so richest men in Europe).
11th Jan '17 7:41:15 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey novels

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14th Nov '16 10:44:57 AM Greenygal
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** ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', the aged General Fentiman's original will left his married grandson George what little money he had because his older brother Robert wasn't married and had his commission. Then the old General finds himself the heir to a large fortune. By now George has become a ShellShockedSoldier and his grandfather seriously considers leaving half the money to his wife Sheila instead. [[spoiler: Rober later explained that he found the old General's body when he was coming back to point out to his grandfather that leaving the money to George so that he could support his wife might help stabilize him.]]

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** ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', the aged General Fentiman's original will left his married grandson George what little money he had because his older brother Robert wasn't married and had his commission. Then the old General finds himself the heir to a large fortune. By now George has become a ShellShockedSoldier ShellShockedVeteran and his grandfather seriously considers leaving half the money to his wife Sheila instead. [[spoiler: Rober Robert later explained that he found the old General's body when he was coming back to point out to his grandfather that leaving the money to George so that he could support his wife might help stabilize him.]]
17th Aug '16 12:51:03 PM tromag
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* In the first ''Ring of Fire'' short story collection from the Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo series, the short story "To Dye For" by Creator/MercedesLackey opens with Tom "Stoner" Stone in a deep funk because his lack of income means the father of the woman he has fallen in love with refuses to allow their marriage.

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* In the first ''Ring of Fire'' short story collection from the Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo series, a recurring theme is the uptime Americans coming to grips with how big a deal this is for downtimers. The short story "To Dye For" by Creator/MercedesLackey opens deals with this specifically when Tom "Stoner" Stone in a deep funk because his lack of income means the father of the woman he has fallen falls in love with refuses a local woman. He's an aging hippie with a heart of gold and no interest in money. His love interest would be happy to allow their marriage.live on his commune with him, but her father forbids the union solely because of Tom's financial status. This triggers him to use his uptime chemical knowledge to build the world's only synthetic dye industry, winning her father over (and ultimately becoming quite wealthy).
25th Jul '16 2:29:25 AM PaulA
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* At the end of ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'', [[spoiler: Cazaril, being [[ImpoverishedPatrician landless]] and having just been replaced as Iselle's secretary, cites this among a number of other protests when he is betrothed to the new Royina's lady in waiting Beatriz. Iselle simply points out that she is making the post of Chancellor a salaried position... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint wherupon Cazaril starts suggesting useful candidates]].]]

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* At the end of ''The Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'', [[spoiler: Cazaril, ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'', [[spoiler:Cazaril, being [[ImpoverishedPatrician landless]] and having just been replaced as Iselle's secretary, cites this among a number of other protests when he is betrothed to the new Royina's lady in waiting Beatriz. Iselle simply points out that she is making the post of Chancellor a salaried position... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint wherupon Cazaril starts suggesting useful candidates]].]]
23rd Jul '16 7:31:47 PM Goldfritha
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*** Wentworth had not saved anything from his naval career, which meant he was entirely relying on his position to enable him to marry.

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*** In the BackStory, Wentworth had not saved anything from his naval career, which meant he was entirely relying on his position to enable him to marry. This is what led Lady Russell to talk Anne out of the engagement. In the current day of the novel, he has saved enough and is well-off. [[spoiler:Indeed, at the very end, he realizes that if he had written to Anne a year after their engagement was broken, when he had made a promising beginning to a fortune, they could have reconciled then.]]
23rd Jul '16 7:27:38 PM Goldfritha
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Sometimes the obstacle to marriage is just plain money: The man cannot earn enough -- or have an independent source of income -- to support a family. This is a trope one with a long history -- mostly in settings where a woman leaves her parents' home for that of her husband, but also where single adults can live in dormitories and the like, but living in a residence of your own is expected for married couples.

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Sometimes the obstacle to marriage is just plain money: The man cannot earn enough -- or have an independent source of income -- to support a family. This is a trope one with has a long history -- mostly in settings where a woman leaves her parents' home for that of her husband, but also where single adults can live in dormitories and the like, but living in a residence of your own is expected for married couples.
3rd Jun '16 4:56:01 PM ultimomant
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* Played with in AKnightsTale. When William's false-knighthood is about to be publicly revealed, his noble-born love interest asks him to run away (rather than see him arrested and possibly executed) and insists they can live a happy life together as peasants. He refuses, [[BecomingTheMask mostly because he now sees himself as a TRUE knight]], but also because it would mean ''lowering her'' to living like a peasant "with the pigs inside the house in winter". If he can't successfully raise himself to her level of society, he won't allow her to lower herself into his.

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* Played with in AKnightsTale.''Film/AKnightsTale''. When William's false-knighthood is about to be publicly revealed, his noble-born love interest asks him to run away (rather than see him arrested and possibly executed) and insists they can live a happy life together as peasants. He refuses, [[BecomingTheMask mostly because he now sees himself as a TRUE knight]], but also because it would mean ''lowering her'' to living like a peasant "with the pigs inside the house in winter". If he can't successfully raise himself to her level of society, he won't allow her to lower herself into his.
19th May '16 2:45:23 PM LongTallShorty64
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*In ''Film/TheMarryingKind'', Chet Keefer doesnít have a job due do an injury, and his wife Florence has to get one. He of course, didnít want her to, but there was nothing else they could do. Mind you, this is during the 1950s when the norm was that the husband holds the job while the wife manages household affairs.
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