One for whose literary judgment I have the great est respect has warned me, after reading the manu script of this story, that, in spite of the prevailing notion in regard 'to the futility of a novel's preface, some sort of foreword would be necessary for Jar vis in case I did not want him to be misunder stood. This, my friend was good enough to explain, was not because I had not been sufficiently clear in the tale itself, but because those few readers most easily ofi'ended were to be met only by a more dogmatic form of statement than is to be permitted in the course of a legitimate narrative.
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