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“I suppose there is no man in this Vanity Fair of ours so little observant as not to think sometimes about the worldly affairs of his acquaintances, or so extremely charitable as not to wonder how his neighbour Jones, or his neighbour Smith, can make both ends meet at the end of the year.” – William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848), Ch. 36, “How to Live Well on Nothing a Year.”

 

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