“It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
(The opening paragraph in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)
I know this was a tongue in cheek comment by Jane Austen. She wasn’t saying Darcy was actively looking for a wife, merely suggesting that any rich and single man must be in need of one to make his life complete. She also observed that their success makes them a target for unattached, single women.
Would you say this is true today? That not a lot has changed? Would a wealthy man need a wife? In most of my stories (which feel real to me when I write) my heroes are certainly well off, which in turn does make them a target. But equally their wealth has made them wary of the opposite sex. How are they to know whether these women love them for themselves or the size of their bank balance? It's a very fine line but I'd like to think it’s personality that counts every time.