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used in Wuthering Heights

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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

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arranged (that something should happen)
  • He always contrives to be sick at the least cross!
    Chapter 10 (42% in)
  • By his knack of sermonising and pious discoursing, he contrived to make a great impression on Mr. Earnshaw; and the more feeble the master became, the more influence he gained.
    Chapter 5 (26% in)
  • The curate might set as many chapters as he pleased for Catherine to get by heart, and Joseph might thrash Heathcliff till his arm ached; they forgot everything the minute they were together again: at least the minute they had contrived some naughty plan of revenge; and many a time I've cried to myself to watch them growing more reckless daily, and I not daring to speak a syllable, for fear of losing the small power I still retained over the unfriended creatures.
    Chapter 6 (26% in)
  • He had reached the age of sixteen then, I think, and without having bad features, or being deficient in intellect, he contrived to convey an impression of inward and outward repulsiveness that his present aspect retains no traces of.
    Chapter 8 (47% in)
  • I want to ask you two questions: the first is, — How did you contrive to preserve the common sympathies of human nature when you resided here?
    Chapter 13 (22% in)
  • It is strong enough to make me feel pretty certain that he would not chase me over England, supposing I contrived a clear escape; and therefore I must get quite away.
    Chapter 17 (16% in)
  • The summer shone in full prime; and she took such a taste for this solitary rambling that she often contrived to remain out from breakfast till tea; and then the evenings were spent in recounting her fanciful tales.
    Chapter 18 (30% in)
  • Don't mind Mrs. Dean's cruel cautions; but be generous, and contrive to see him.
    Chapter 22 (84% in)
  • Then he bid us go upstairs, through the kitchen, to Zillah's chamber; and I whispered my companion to obey: perhaps we might contrive to get through the window there, or into a garret, and out by its skylight.
    Chapter 27 (92% in)
  • Her accomplice suffered for his share in the escape, notwithstanding his timid contrivances.
    Chapter 28 (**% in)
  • 'How do you contrive to live here without them? if I may take the liberty to inquire.
    Chapter 31 (32% in)
  • Earnshaw was not to be civilized with a wish, and my young lady was no philosopher, and no paragon of patience; but both their minds tending to the same point — one loving and desiring to esteem, and the other loving and desiring to be esteemed — they contrived in the end to reach it.
    Chapter 32 (99% in)

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