As the husband in today's "Ball" selection might confirm, the expense of all those lovely outfits can make it difficult to maintain a budget. If my interpretation of this work is correct, Russian painter Firs Sergeevich Zhuravlev perfectly illustrates this common household dilemma. In this scene I assume the wife is showing off her newest dress to her husband. Sitting at his desk with pen in hand, it seems his attention is elsewhere. We can only presume what he's writing, but I'm going to guess he's factoring in the expense of her new dress. She's excited to wear it at that evening's ball while he's preoccupied with the cost.
"Yet another dress?" he might say. "Don't you have enough of those?"
"Yes, but look at this lovely train. I had to have it," she would reply. "You only live once!"
Of course, I'm assuming a lot based on the little information provided here. Make of that what you will. Who knows the source of their wealth or where they base their priorities. That said, I like how this situation with the dress could be applied to any number of other expenses shared by a couple. What one person might consider to be indulgent, the other might regard as a neccessity.