"The American husband is a curious alloy of sentiment and ambition. In general, he works harder than husbands in any other part of the world to "provide for the wife and kids" - and then passes on leaving his wife totally unprepared for the responsibilities of widowhood. It's rare indeed when a wife knows all that should be known about her husband's business life, his income, his investments (if any), his debts, and the way he handles his budget. Yet she may have the whole problem dumped in her lap without an hour's notice."
Birk & Co Inc., 1954