I’m left with two thoughts from this book.

The Have-Nots do want to live like the Haves.  It’s not that they want it for free.  They will make sacrifices if they can look successful and have the right kind of plumage to attract mates.  The message our society broadcasts is the Haves have more toys and this is promoted as the way that everyone wants to live.

I try to live comfortably. I doubt that the way I live is seen as desirable by others.  That is fine to me.

Other thought, class matters.  Working class people want to live practical lives; Middle class people want to live educated lives. They have different goals.