Excerpt from Precaution: A Novel I wonder if we are to have a neighbor in the Deanery soon? inquired Clara Moseley, addressing herself to a small party assembled in her father's drawing-room, while standing at a window which commanded a distant view of the house in question. Oh, yes, replied her brother; the agent has let it to a Mr. Jarvis for a couple of years, and he is to take possession this week. And who is the Mr. Jarvis that is about to become so near a neighbor? asked Sir Edward Moseley. Why, sir, I learn he has been a capital merchant; that he has retired from business with a large fortune; that he has, like yourself, sir, an only hope for his declining years in a son, an officer in the army; and, moreover, that he has a couple of fine daughters; so, sir, he is a man of family in one sense at least, you see. But, dropping his voice, whether he is a man of family in your sense, Jane, looking at his second sister, is more than I could discover. I hope you did t take the trouble, sir, to inquire on my account, retorted Jane, coloring slightly with vexation at his speech. Indeed I did, my dear sis, and solely on your account, replied the laughing brother, for you well kw that gentility, husband; and it's dull work to you young ladies without at least a possibility of matrimony. As for Clara, she is - About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.