We heart economists! (In fact, we were wondering why we never ended up having one night stands with them! More on that below!) Anyway, namely we love how they are always sprucing up the Dismal science by using their awesome powers of calculation for utterly pointless tasks like figuring out the net worth of, oh my god we wish we were kidding, Mr. Darcy, as in this story, wherein a FORMER MEMBER OF THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT calculates that Fitzwilliam Darcy was worth a cool $6 mil in modern-day dollars (which sounds like middling private equity money to us until you remember shit like, you know, service was better being that they were still in the process of abolishing slavery.)
As it turns out, however, nowadays Mr. Darcy's wealth wouldn't be such a big deal anyway, because new sociological trends revealed by Times columnist Judith Warner via a lengthy screed on the badness of the movie Maid In Manhattan suggests that Type A rich folks are marrying other Type A rich folks, and there is a reason we keep fucking bike mechanics and drunkard temps: they're just like US!
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