By 2052, an economic process that had been going on for centuries suddenly reversed.
Before, the middle class had been shrinking, mostly increasing the ranks of the poor. Now, the middle-class is growing. Very few poor or rich are left.
Charity now has a new meaning:
Four give, and four get.
“You were conceived right here, in this house. All part of the plan.”
This new information puzzled young Charity.
“But why was I born here, instead of the hospital?”
“I had to have you here. We’d already picked your name.”
“What do you mean?”
“You know: Charity begins at home.”