You may be right, completely. I’m certainly not intending to moralize about another person’s decisions. What’s more, I know that bit of philosophical musing is unrealistic in a world where countless people are forced to do things they would rather never do, just because they can’t find other work that anyone will pay them for.

Moreover, as you point out, Evelyn says she doesn’t care who sees her naked, so why should being paid to do it matter? And she agrees with you on that point. What she won’t do for $50K is hurt her husband. Good for her.

My issue is with how people who have lots of money use it to manipulate the rest of us. Terry Southern’s book The Magic Christian gets at that. It shows an eccentric billionaire who pranks people into making fools of themselves to prove that everybody has a price.

Let’s say you’re out for dinner with a rich man, and you like him, and you’re hoping to make love with him before the evening’s over. Then, as dessert is served, he offers you a lot of money to have sex with him. You were already looking forward to doing what he’s asking you to do, and now you can also look forward to getting a lot of money, so it’s twice as good, right? Or does the offer change your feelings?

I’m an idealist, looking for ways to build a society in which the haves don’t rule the have-nots. Probably hopelessly unrealistic, I know.

Anyway, I appreciate your comment and the point you raise.

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