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stratagem
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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
  • "Oh, he always keeps in his upstairs study on Saturday afternoon," said Tom, who disliked anything sneaking, but was not disinclined to a little stratagem in a worthy cause.
    2.4 -- Book 2 Chapter 4 -- "The Young Idea" (95% in)
  • Chapter VII How a Hen Takes to Stratagem The days passed, and Mr. Tulliver showed, at least to the eyes of the medical man, stronger and stronger symptoms of a gradual return to his normal condition; the paralytic obstruction was, little by little, losing its tenacity, and the mind was rising from under it with fitful struggles, like a living creature making its way from under a great snowdrift, that slides and slides again, and shuts up the newly made opening.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (0% in)
  • But this unusual concentration of thought naturally gave Mrs. Tulliver an unusual power of device and determination: and a day or two before the sale, to be held at the Golden Lion, when there was no longer any time to be lost, she carried out her plan by a stratagem.
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (37% in)

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