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  • She procured plain work; she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life.
  • I observed this also and contrived a fan of branches, which roused the embers when they were nearly extinguished.
  • Here also we made some acquaintances, who almost contrived to cheat me into happiness.

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