DEAR ABBY: My friend "Sarah" is married to "Karl," who emotionally abuses her. My husband and I used to spend a lot of time with them, but we have gradually dropped Karl from our circle because we can't tolerate the way he treats her.
Sarah has asked me not to drop HER because she has very few friends left. She stays with Karl because she's afraid she'll lose too much financially if they divorce.
Karl hasn't worked in almost 10 years and does nothing but drink and belittle Sarah. He's also hostile to her adult children, who are fabulous people.