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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.
25th Apr '16 7:59:11 PM MsChibi
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* Still TruthInTelevision in places where marriages are typically [[ArrangedMarriage business transactions between the prospective bride's parents and the prospective groom and/or his family]], where love and companionship [[MarriageBeforeRomance come later]] (or not at all), and HomosocialHeterosexuality is the norm.
18th Mar '16 12:30:20 PM LadyNorbert
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** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Colonel Brandon's generosity and reconciling with Edward's mother are needed for Edward and Elinor to marry.

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** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Colonel Brandon's generosity and reconciling a reconciliation with Edward's mother are needed for Edward and Elinor to marry.



*** the HappyEnding is brought about because a man who long loved Eleanor inherited a title and so could maintain a wife, which made her father so happy that he agreed to let Henry marry Catherine.

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*** the The HappyEnding is brought about because a man who long loved Eleanor inherited a title and so could maintain a wife, which made her father so happy that he agreed to let Henry marry Catherine.



* In the PerspectiveFlip novel ''Mr. Darcy's Diary,'' which explores ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' from Darcy's point of view, this is given as the reason why Darcy helps Wickham get a new position in the military. Wickham says he has to have some kind of post in order to support a wife, so if Darcy wants him to marry Lydia, he'd best help.



* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast'', one of Beauty's sisters is in love with a man who wants to leave the city and become a [[TheBlacksmith blacksmith]], which would never let him get money enough for a merchant's daughter. When their family is ruined, he pays his suit and tells her father that they can all come and live at the house he can get.

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* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast'', one of Beauty's sisters is in love with a man who wants to leave the city and become a [[TheBlacksmith blacksmith]], which would never let him get money enough for a wealthy merchant's daughter. When their family is ruined, he pays his suit and tells her father that they can all come and live at the house he can get. (It helps that the girls' father likes him anyway, and might have consented to the match regardless.)



* Prominent in ''GoneWithTheWind'' after the war. Alex Fontaine wants to marry Dimity Munroe but honor prevents him from asking her until he can support her. Frank Kennedy holds off on marrying Suellen for the same reasons. Scarlett at one point bemoans that there will be a lot of old maids in the South because of this trope.

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* Prominent in ''GoneWithTheWind'' after the war. Alex Fontaine wants to marry Dimity Munroe Munroe, but honor prevents him from asking her until he can support her. Frank Kennedy holds off on marrying Suellen for the same reasons. Scarlett at one point bemoans that there will be a lot of old maids in the South because of this trope.



* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's ''[[Literature/KatIncorrigible A Most Improper Magick]]'', Sir Neville and Mr. Collingwood are brothers, but since Sir Neville inherited all, he's the only eligible one.

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* In Creator/StephanieBurgis's Stephanie Burgis's ''[[Literature/KatIncorrigible A Most Improper Magick]]'', Sir Neville and Mr. Collingwood are brothers, but since Sir Neville inherited all, he's the only eligible one.



* A sad and -- unusually -- gender-flipped occurrence can be found in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' with a bit of looking: there's a man called Ranmir [[DrowningMySorrows drinking by himself]] in Winterhold after his fiancee disappeared, seemingly having run off with another man. The innkeeper, worried about the man, asks the player to try and find out what happened to Ranmir's fiancee. It turns out that she left to try and find a valuable artefact to make enough money to support both of them, but was killed before she found it.

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* A sad and -- unusually -- gender-flipped occurrence can be found in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' with a bit of looking: there's a man called Ranmir [[DrowningMySorrows drinking by himself]] in Winterhold after his fiancee disappeared, seemingly having run off with another man. The innkeeper, worried about the man, asks the player to try and find out what happened to Ranmir's fiancee. It turns out that she left to try and find a valuable artefact artifact to make enough money to support both of them, but was killed before she found it.
8th Mar '16 5:57:07 PM Paranoia
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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.
22nd Feb '16 4:57:42 PM eroock
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->''If a young man chooses to fall in love when he has next to nothing to live upon, trouble is sure to follow.''

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->''If ->''"If a young man chooses to fall in love when he has next to nothing to live upon, trouble is sure to follow.''"''
14th Dec '15 12:51:26 PM roxana
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** ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', the aged General Fentiman's original will left his married grandsom 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 grandsom 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 ShellShockedSoldier and his grandfather seriously considers leaving half the money to his wife Sheila instead. [[spoiler:Rober [[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.]]
14th Dec '15 12:50:08 PM roxana
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** ''The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club'', George became a ShellShockedVeteran and this after he married. His father left him the bulk of the estate because his older brother wasn't married and had his commission. [[spoiler:His brother later explained that he found the body when he was coming back to point out to his father, who expected another bequest to make him richer, that leaving more 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 grandsom George became a ShellShockedVeteran and this after what little money he married. His father left him the bulk of the estate had because his older brother Robert wasn't married and had his commission. [[spoiler:His brother 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 father, who expected another bequest to make him richer, grandfather that leaving more the money to George so that he could support his wife might help stabilize him.]]
8th Dec '15 8:32:48 PM PaulA
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* In the [[TheMovie the cinematic]] [[GrandFinale grand finale]] of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', Mr. Boynton is hoping for an increase in salary so he'd be able to marry (and support) fellow teacher Miss Brooks. [[spoiler: It turns out to unnecessary. Mr. Boynton buys a house and marries Miss Brooks, although he doesn't receive the promotion in the film.]]

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* In ''Film/OurMissBrooks'', the [[TheMovie the cinematic]] [[GrandFinale grand finale]] of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', the series of the same name, Mr. Boynton is hoping for an increase in salary so he'd he'll be able to marry (and support) fellow teacher Miss Brooks. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out to unnecessary. Mr. Boynton buys a house and marries Miss Brooks, although he doesn't receive the promotion in the film.]]
5th Sep '15 4:00:17 PM nombretomado
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* When General Junot told his friend NapoleonBonaparte (who was then First Consul of the French Republic) of his desire to marry a charming but impoverished young lady, Bonaparte answered :

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* When General Junot told his friend NapoleonBonaparte UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte (who was then First Consul of the French Republic) of his desire to marry a charming but impoverished young lady, Bonaparte answered :
12th Aug '15 10:05:47 AM sgamer82
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* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', Ali mentions that he plans to get married once he has a stable income.

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* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', ''Manga/ABridesStory'', Ali mentions that he plans to get married once he has a stable income.
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