The husband dollar sign is clearly the frugal member of the couple (read, tight-fisted skinflint). He is extending an arm around his wife, a patronizing gesture placing her under his frugal wing. The wife makes no attempt to return his embrace. Note the distance between the couple. She is obviously seething.
This is the sad state of this couple's relationship, turned tragically sour and resentful by the husband's oppressive frugality.
ARE YOU READING THIS MATT?!
Buy me a new sofa!