The queen commanded her own cabinet-maker to contrive a box, that might serve me for a bedchamber,
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
Why could not we contrive a place like that, where we could sleep safely at night?
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"If you could perhaps contrive to sit next to Miss Aberfoyle, that would be most wise," Miss Milhouse was saying now.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
Picture me: I’m a girl who is very bad I need to be punished, and by punished, I mean had It’s where you store goodies for anniversary five Pardon me if this is getting contrived!
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
I’m not sure anymore what I see when I "look out," if it’s real or of my own making or something in between, a widely shared fantasy of what we wish life to be and, therefore, have contrived to create.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
There was something contrived and stagey in her posture, as if she had hastily scrambled into place when she heard their steps on the stairs.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
He is average-sized and prematurely gray, but by some contrivance of carriage and posture, he makes the men who stand before him feel smaller.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
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I liked The Point for many reasons: for the quietude of its shaded, narrow streets, the courtesy and refinement of its residents, the imposing presence of its history, and for its essential apartness from the pace and hustle of the earth—its eccentric removal from all things plastic, electric, neoned, cheap, contrived, or asphalted.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Both my dialect and my diction comprised a glib contrivance but they had succeeded in wildly amusing Leslie, and obviously winning her.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I managed a nauseated face that wasn’t altogether contrived.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
After the midday meal, I contrived to overturn the pitcher that held the tea water, dumping it on the floor.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Chains
I had no water flask, but had contrived a substitute using one of the heavier glass jugs from the surgery.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The following day, Saturday, my mother and I would contrive to be out of the apartment before he woke from his sweaty, tangled sleep on the sofa.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move.
George Orwell -- 1984
By comparison, the chariot costume seems garish, the interview dress too contrived.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
A rumour went round that Snowball had after all contrived to introduce poison into Napoleon’s food.
George Orwell -- Animal Farm
The steel-works were fifteen miles away, and as usual it was so contrived that one had to pay two fares to get there.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
He must know that those who tamper with fate are often swallowed by their own contrivance—
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
How that was contrived we cannot guess; but Gollum is cunning, and the spies of the Enemy are many.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
She procured plain work; she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
I counted to one hundred as I rocked, contriving the patience to get one down in order to take up another.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
Many were my contrivances after this purpose, and as many more objections occurred after I hatched them.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
McCandless’s contrived asceticism and a pseudoliterary stance compound rather than reduce the fault…… McCandless’s postcards, notes, and journals .
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
(Bowing, with admiration, to Roxane): Cunningly contrived!
Edmond Rostand -- Cyrano de Bergerac
Shelters could be contrived for few (the Master had one) and there was little food (even the Master went short).
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Hobbit
"And with what did you contrive to make that?" inquired Dantes.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
All is plain but one thing, which is the manner that the knave contrived to get the gentle ones along the blind trail.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Though Kutuzov had dismissed all unnecessary men from the staff, Boris had contrived to remain at headquarters after the changes.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The very ideal of ignominy was embodied and made manifest in this contrivance of wood and iron.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
Here they sat, and a great work they contrived.
Homer -- The Odyssey
Tom contrived to scarify the cupboard with it, and was arranging to begin on the bureau, when he was called off to dress for Sunday-school.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Somehow she had contrived to land a couple of feet to the left of the usual place.
John Wyndham -- The Chrysalids
Artemis had somehow contrived to remain spotless.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Porthos had six occasions, and contrived in the same manner that his friends should partake of them; Aramis had eight of them.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Martin Vanger had contrived his private torture chamber with great care.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I thought you folks down there finally contrived to give them all away.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
I am a very minor magician but I can at least contrive a charmed sleep.
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
I will leave him and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter.
William Shakespeare -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
He always contrives to be sick at the least cross!
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Her dinners, of a very modest quality, were so well cooked and so well served, and so neat in their contrivances, half English and half French, that nothing could be better.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
The squire raised his gun, the rowing ceased, and we leaned over to the other side to keep the balance, and all was so nicely contrived that we did not ship a drop.
Robert Louis Stevenson -- Treasure Island
His education had been that success for that might blue machine was certain; that it would make victories as a contrivance turns out buttons.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
CONTRIVANCES Aro did not rejoin his anxious guard waiting on the north side of the clearing; instead, he waved them forward.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
The little collection of fruit-bearers growing by the river was his attempt to contrive, rain or no, a patch of the paradise, the green, apple-scented Eden, he envisioned.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
_ You never can tell what mischief these men may contrive.
Henrik Ibsen -- A Doll’s House
When his kind get into power, they are expert at contriving means of terror, at giving you ample cause to feel the fear by which they desire to rule you.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
The contrived turf war that a sixteen-year-old African American used to rationalize the shooting of an African refugee was a make-believe corollary of the more realistic competition over limited resources—housing, jobs, government aid—that fueled identity-based hostility in Clarkston among adults.