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The House of Mirth
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  • On his first appearance—when her improvident cousin, Jack Stepney, had obtained for him (in return for favours too easily guessed) a card to one of the vast impersonal Van Osburgh "crushes"—Rosedale, with that mixture of artistic sensibility and business astuteness which characterizes his race, had instantly gravitated toward Miss Bart.

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  • Her parents worked hard, but were improvident.
  • But I also spoke to you of a certain extravagance in the female blood of this family. Something willful. Improvident.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses

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