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contrived
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Jane Eyre
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  • I generally contrived to reserve a moiety of this bounteous repast for myself; but the remainder I was invariably obliged to part with.
  • Fearful, however, of losing this first and only opportunity of relieving my grief by imparting it, I, after a disturbed pause, contrived to frame a meagre, though, as far as it went, true response.
  • To this crib I always took my doll; human beings must love something, and, in the dearth of worthier objects of affection, I contrived to find a pleasure in loving and cherishing a faded graven image, shabby as a miniature scarecrow.
  • Only master had been reading in his bed last night; he fell asleep with his candle lit, and the curtains got on fire; but, fortunately, he awoke before the bed-clothes or the wood-work caught, and contrived to quench the flames with the water in the ewer.
  • And so, by dint of alternate coaxing and commanding, he contrived to get them all once more enclosed in their separate dormitories.
  • Ere long, with the servant’s aid, I contrived to mount a staircase; my dripping clothes were removed; soon a warm, dry bed received me.
  • "I trust I shall not eat long at your expense, sir," was my very clumsily-contrived, unpolished answer.
  • Without one overt act of hostility, one upbraiding word, he contrived to impress me momently with the conviction that I was put beyond the pale of his favour.

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