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Definitionto come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan
- Supposing there was no mistake in the case, and Mr. Murdstone had devised this plan to get rid of me, what should I do?Chapters 4-6 (65% in)
- It was so unaccountable not to be obliged to go out to see her, not to have any occasion to be tormenting myself about her, not to have to write to her, not to be scheming and devising opportunities of being alone with her.Chapters 43-45 (22% in)
- Bless my soul, when I see her getting up by candle-light on these dark mornings, busying herself in the day's arrangements, going out to market before the clerks come into the Inn, caring for no weather, devising the most capital little dinners out of the plainest materials, making puddings and pies, keeping everything in its right place, always so neat and ornamental herself, sitting up at night with me if it's ever so late, sweet-tempered and encouraging always, and all for me, I...Chapters 61-62 (10% in)
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