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used in The Mill on the Floss

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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

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arranged (that something should happen)
  • "Don't you fret,—that's all,—I'll make a shift without the money a bit, only you must be as clever and contriving as you can."
    1.8 — Book 1 Chapter 8 — Mr. Tulliver Shows His Weaker Side (94% in)
  • Plotting covetousness and deliberate contrivance, in order to compass a selfish end, are nowhere abundant but in the world of the dramatist: they demand too intense a mental action for many of our fellow-parishioners to be guilty of them.
    1.3 — Book 1 Chapter 3 — Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning.... (82% in)
  • When the wife of a poor curate contrives, under all her disadvantages, to dress extremely well, and to have a style of coiffure which requires that her nurse shall occasionally officiate as lady's-maid; when, moreover, her dinner-parties and her drawing-room show that effort at elegance and completeness of appointment to which ordinary women might imagine a large income necessary, it would be unreasonable to expect of her that she should employ a second nurse, or even act as a nurse...
    2.1 — Book 2 Chapter 1 — Tom's "First Half" (54% in)
  • "But," he added, his voice trembling with indignation, "while I have been contriving and working that my father may have some peace of mind before he dies,—working for the respectability of our family,—you have done all you can to destroy both."
    5.5 — Book 5 Chapter 5 — The Cloven Tree (52% in)
  • Oh, I shall puzzle my small brain to contrive some plot that will bring everybody into the right mind, so that you may marry Philip when I marry—somebody else.
    6.3 — Book 6 Chapter 3 — Confidential Moments (93% in)
  • Chapter VIII Wakem in a New Light Before three days had passed after the conversation you have just overheard between Lucy and her father she had contrived to have a private interview with Philip during a visit of Maggie's to her aunt Glegg.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — Wakem in a New Light (1% in)
  • "She's very tender and affectionate, and so simple,—without the airs and petty contrivances other women have."
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — Wakem in a New Light (85% in)
  • "You must sit by yourself, aunty," said that contriving young lady, "because I must sit by Tom; I've a great deal to say to him."
    6.12 — Book 6 Chapter 12 — A Family Party (78% in)
  • We have contrived nothing, we have thought of nothing ourselves.
    6.13 — Book 6 Chapter 13 — Borne Along by the Tide (66% in)

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