Here's a quote from Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy-- I'm only about a quarter of the way into this 1500 page doorstop, but it's wonderful! The book has been compared to the novels of Dickens and Austen, but set in India, and I'm really enjoying it. This passage describes a young middle-class couple, who are constantly going out on the town with their friends for long evenings of elegant food and drink and dancing:
Meenakshi and Arun were not really able to afford this-- Billy Irani had independent means-- but it seemed intolerable that they, for whom this kind of life was so obviously intended, should be deprived of it by a mere lack of funds.We all have this idea that we're intended for a certain kind of life, don't we? And we tend to spend accordingly!