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stratagem
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a planned way of achieving an end — especially in dealing with others and often involving deceit or some kind of trick
  • I set a bad example—married a poor clergyman, and made myself a pitiable object among the De Bracys—obliged to get my coals by stratagem, and pray to heaven for my salad oil.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (43% in)
  • Necessity excused stratagem, but stratagem was limited by the dread of offending Dorothea.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (37% in)
  • Necessity excused stratagem, but stratagem was limited by the dread of offending Dorothea.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (37% in)
  • But the stratagem was defeated by the weather.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (38% in)
  • Sir James, glancing at her, repented of his stratagem; but Mrs. Cadwallader, equal to all occasions, spread the palms of her hands outward and said—"Heaven grant it, my dear!
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (92% in)
  • She simply continued to be mild in her temper, inflexible in her judgment, disposed to admonish her husband, and able to frustrate him by stratagem.
    Finale (46% in)

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