I have run across recently several older women who were either divorced/widowed in middle age. A man comes along, one that talks sweet enough. They marry soon. The fella sticks around as long as her assets last. Then he is gone.
From what I have seen, the man doesn’t even need to be particularly skilled at the wiles with respect to the opposite sex. This seems to be telling. I am not totally sure of what though. Perhaps it is that many women in that state are desperate for men, and will take most anything that appears to be acceptable that comes along. Perhaps they, at least implicitly, understand their Marriage Market Value, and realize that a prince is not on his way. Maybe getting fixes of being wooed and seemingly desired is enough to make their common sense disappear. Perhaps they are just naive, though I am thinking that most middle age women are not so naive.
This does seem to be a somewhat common occurrence, so I am thinking that there is something there. The question is: what?