Bronx, NY
Jacques & Jean, Bronx, NY - married 1949

Jacques:
Today we live in a different culture.

Jean:
Different.  Altogether different.

Jacques:
There are many other things in our daily lives have changed compared to fifty years ago.  And this is one of them.  Marriage is today a different institution than it was fifty years ago.  It's less of a commitment; it's almost a business deal.  And if it doesn't work out, you quit.  Like today, people don't stay on their jobs for extended numbers of years.  If you are many years on a job, they wonder, 'what's wrong with them?  They couldn't find anything better?'  I see today young people -- especially in the technology field -- after four or five years, they change jobs.  And this is also reflected in the establishment of marriage.

RF:
Do you think marriage is still necessary?

Jean:
I think so.  I think so.  It's... I don't know how to explain that. It's not freelancing.

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