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So far so harmless and numerous wives were grateful to see the backs of their h u sbands during the week.
However, he wanted women to become the rational, self-interested individuals of political economy: "If they wanted women to be frugal--ay, even honest--they must leave them to be the guardians of their own purses; just as if they wanted women to be chaste, they must leave them to be guardians of their own honour," [70] Conversely, reformers believed that working-class hu sbands and wives did not always have the same interests; they attacked men for failing to live up to the breadwinner role by spending their wages on drink, in general regarding working-class men as brutal and irresponsible.