Rich Man, Poor Man

Shaw, Irwin

Delacorte, 1969

p. 112

The Jordache family, by the mother’s description: “The rich were out of her reach and the poor were beneath her contempt. By her reckoning, lazy and unsystematic as it was, she, her husband, and their three children were not a family in any way that she could accept or that might give her pleasure. Rather they were an abrasive group collected almost at random for a voyage which none of them had chosen and during which the best that could be hoped for was that hostilities could be kept to a minimum.”