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How would one successfully blend in with the rich?
posted by amicamentis to society & culture (46 answers total) 76 users marked this as a favorite
After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I am curious about how one would behave to blend in with the 'upper-class' rich in America nowadays. Are there different forms of etiquette that normal people wouldn't be aware of? What is considered gauche to bring up in conversation, and what social norms are expected?
I am curious to hear from people who are rich, or who interact often with people who have quite a lot of money. What are the faux pas that one may not be aware of? What are the unwritten rules?
Obviously, even the location of "America" is very broad and one cannot generalize easily. How does it change from the South to the Northeast, for example, or from California to the Midwest?
More specifically: if Mr. Ripley wanted to pass for rich in today's average large U.S. city, what would he need to be aware of before doing so?