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contrived
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • "In short, Fagin," he says, "Jew as you are, you never laid such snares as I'll contrive for my young brother, Oliver."
    Chapter 40 — A Strange Interview, Which is a Sequel to the Last Chamber (49% in)
  • Unfortunately for, the experimental philosophy of the female to whose protecting care Oliver Twist was delivered over, a similar result usually attended the operation of her system; for at the very moment when the child had contrived to exist upon the smallest possible portion of the weakest possible food, it did perversely happen in eight and a half cases out of ten, either that it sickened from want and cold, or fell into the fire from neglect, or got half-smothered by accident; in...
    Chapter 2 — Treats of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, and Board (11% in)
  • With many interruptions, and repeated insults, Mr. Brownlow contrived to state his case; observing that, in the surprise of the moment, he had run after the boy because he had saw him running away; and expressing his hope that, if the magistrate should believe him, although not actually the thief, to be connected with the thieves, he would deal as leniently with him as justice would allow.
    Chapter 11 — Treats of Mr. Fang the Police Magistrate; and Furnishes a.... (55% in)
  • When he spoke of you and the other lady, and said it seemed contrived by Heaven, or the devil, against him, that Oliver should come into your hands, he laughed, and said there was some comfort in that too, for how many thousands and hundreds of thousands of pounds would you not give, if you had them, to know who your two-legged spaniel was.'
    Chapter 40 — A Strange Interview, Which is a Sequel to the Last Chamber (51% in)
  • His entrance was the signal for various homely jokes with the countrymen, which slackened not until he had made his supper, and opened his box of treasures, when he ingeniously contrived to unite business with amusement.
    Chapter 48 — The Flight of Sikes (33% in)

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